When someone utters the word “Fall”, a lot of things come to mind. Maybe it’s the High Sierra’s autumn foliage of carrot oranges, crimson reds, and amber yellows. Or possibly it’s the last chance to catch the “big one.” For those that don’t just like but rather LOVE beer, it’s also time for Oktoberfest in the High Sierra. Here’s a “flight” of Oktoberfest’s to enjoy this year.
In its 4th year, the goal of Mammoth’s Oktoberfest is to “celebrate and preserve the authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest culture.” From hosting an authentic three course Bavarian dinner to a ceremonial keg tap, they’re doing a fine job at making sure these traditions stay alive. Beer, Schnapps, food, music, runs and fun… what more could you want?
There must be something special in the water because the shores of Lake Tahoe are home to a bevy of amazing Oktoberfests. First up is Squaw Valley. Each year they convert their cozy village into a Bavarian playground filled with live German music, cold beers, and fresh pretzels made by a local favorite: Truckee Sourdough Company.
For those focused on craft brews, head to Lake Tahoe’s west shore. Tahoe City hosts an Oktoberfest featuring barley pops from Alibi Ale Works and Auburn Alehouse, along with the ever-popular flavors from Lagunitas Brewing Company.
The south shore is home to the oldest Oktoberfest in the region. In its 25th year, this celebration is held in the secluded old growth forests within the historic Camp Richardson property. In addition to frosty beer, expect to take in contests like beer stein holding and yodeling. Feeling the need to add a bit more luxury to the trip? Consider staying at Tahoe South’s only all-suite hotel – Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.
So, grab your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest the right way… in the High Sierra!