On Sunday, September 23, I grabbed my husband and we attended the Fremont Oktoberfest. A sprawling garden of diverse beers greeted us, nestled in the beautiful Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.
The three day festival has been voted by Orbitz and USA Today as one of the top places in the nation to celebrate Oktoberfest. Attending the last day of the festival did not disappoint, as we arrived in time for the Dogtoberfest. Many festival-goers brought man’s best friend, and I found myself saying, “Look at that cute dog!” more times than I probably should have.
We also admired those who wanted to be true to the Oktoberfest tradition of wearing lederhosen, immersing themselves in true German culture while appreciating all that an Oktoberfest in Seattle had to offer.
My husband and I had a fantastic time using our beer tokens to sample the many different varieties of beer available to us. I found the longest lines to be for local breweries, which just shows me that the state of Washington knows good beer.
Not venturing too far from my normal taste in a brew, I sampled quite a few Hefeweizen beers, including my favorite, Blue Moon.
By far, our favorite beer was in Beer Tent #6, which helmed the famous (or perhaps infamous?) Hofbrauhaus beer. My husband and I traveled to Munich in May of 2011, so sipping on a sample of our favorite straight-from-Germany beer brought back some wonderful memories of our time at the original Hofbrauhaus.
Having only lived in the Seattle area for a few months now, I will say that the Fremont Oktoberfest is definitely a must for anyone who comes to Seattle in September. I will definitely be attending again next year, if I am not roaming the streets of Munich by then!