Oktoberfest For German Beer & Food Lovers
McGillin’s Olde Ale House Celebreates Oktoberfest For Month. German Beer & Food Starting September 2. Ends with Outdoor Beer Garden at Midtown Village Fall Festival on October 2.
Philadelphia, PA – Get out your lederhose & beer steins, McGillin’s is throwing a month-long Oktoberfest celebration! McGillin’s will be pouring German beers and serving German foods from Thursday, September 2 through the Midtown Village Fall Festival on Saturday, October 2.
McGillin’s, Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern, will serve Stoudt’s Fest, Flying Fish’s Octoberphish, Victory’s Festbier, Ramstein’s Oktoberfest and a multitude of local and international Octoberfest beers.
German cuisine will be added to McGillin’s hearty menu of reasonably-priced comfort foods. German lunch and dinner specials will include Mussels Steamed in Oktoberfest Lager served over Hay & Straw Noodles with German-Style Toasted Cheese Bread; Grilled Pork Loin with Sweet & Sour Cherry Sauce, Braised Cabbage, Apples & Potato Dumpling; German Style Grilled Sausage Platter with Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Red Cabbage & Warm German Potato Salad; and Kasebrotchen (Chicken Breast topped with German Style Spread of Ale, Brown Mustard & Sharp Cheddar Cheese & baked to a bubbly finish) and served with Himmel Und Erde and more.
McGillin’s Oktoberfest celebration will continue through the Midtown Village Fall Festival on Saturday, October 2, when McGillin’s will transform Drury Street into a giant Beer Garden, with outside karaoke, a balloon artist, German beers & foods. The surrounding neighborhood — from Walnut to Chestnut and 12th to Juniper — will be filled with performances, family activities, food vendors and more, from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
The first Octoberfest was part of the wedding of Princess Theresa von Sachsen-Hildurghausen to Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810. The celebration evolved into an annual event and over the years, horse races, performances and beer were added to the celebration. Eventually it was moved to September to avoid chilly Bavarian Octobers. Today, the celebration marking Ludwig’s wedding day falls during harvest time and features large German beer festivals. Oktoberfest is not only a celebration, but also a style of beer. Oktoberfest beers are similar to the reddish-amber Marzen beer served at the Crown Prince’s wedding – typically amber-gold lagers with pronounced malt flavors from Vienna malts and usually accented with German noble hops, such as Harlletau and Tettnang. They’re robust beers with 5.2 to 6% alcohol by volume (ABV).