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Fall into Metro Detroit's Craft Beer Season

Posted on Tuesday, September 06 2016 in Events

Fall Beer Festivals

Say it with us - Oktoberfest. Trust us, when a visit to Belgium isn't in the books, a visit to a metro Detroit brewery, restaurant or beer fest will do the trick. Metro Detroit's beer scene has so much to offer. We've assembled some of the best beer events on the horizon this fall so you can make the most of the harvest season. Cheers!

Dakota Inn Rathskeller
At 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Detroit's authentic German bar, the Dakota Inn Rathskeller at 17324 John R Street welcomes the crowds for its Oktoberfest. That means live German and Polka music fills its halls, crowds are encouraged to dance, drink plenty of imported German beer and dine on the menu filled with classics like Schnitzel, Strudel and Knackwurst. Tickets are $3 at the door.

Batch Brauerei

From Sept. 16-18 at Batch Brewing Company, 1400 Porter Street in Detroit, assumes its alter ego in celebration of German-style beer, food and the best of beer drinking culture. If you're an Oktoberfest fan, you won't want to miss the opportunity to don a Lederhosen, fill a stein with Marzen and try some of the finest beer being brewed in the state, let alone Detroit. Tickets cost $35 and guarantee a fantastic meal, too.

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
From Sept. 22-24 Oktoberfest comes to Rochester Hills, Mich. When it's time to tap the ceremonial keg of Rochester Mills' Oktoberfest lager, it's time to celebrate. That means days of music, dancing, food and more. Indulge in beer, brats, kraut, live German music, Bavarian dancing and family-friendly entertainment.

Inaugural Southeast Michigan Bootlegger Festival
The first-ever Southeast Michigan Bootlegger Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores. A number of craft brewers from around the region and the state will be serving up their best brews, and the Nautical Mile restaurants will be participating in a "Taste of the Nautical Mile."

Royal Oak Oktoberfest
On Oct. 8, 2016 fans of crisp ciders and fall seasonal styles look no further than the Royal Oak Oktoberfest at the Royal Oak Farmers Market – a perfect place to explore new brewers, new styles by your favorite local Michigan breweries and to taste rare firkins and seasonals. Grab a commemorative pint glass while you're there. Tickets are $15-$20, with additional samples available for purchase for $5 each.

Detroit Fall Beer Festival
From 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 the finest brewers from across the state converge under the sheds at Detroit's Eastern Market for a harvest time celebration known simply as the Detroit Fall Beer Festival. It draws one of the largest crowds in the state. Expect more than 700 craft beer options (and look out for newcomers like North Peak Mellow Cherry Hibiscus) from 80 participating breweries, live music, local eats and the chance to find your next new favorite beer. Tickets are $45 and sell out fast.

Stephanie Angelyn Casola is a writer and self-confessed craft beer snob who adores fall as it brings a bounty of stouts and porters. She owns the PR and events company Prologue and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo credit: Batch Brewing Company 

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