The original Oktoberfest was held in Munich in Bavaria, Germany, on October 12, 1810. An epic German celebration, it marked the marriage of Prince Ludwig (later King) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Quickly approaching the 200-year mark, Oktoberfest is still celebrated today, and though many bars use it as an excuse to get college kids wasted, some better establishments throughout the city (and world) use the 16-day celebration to appreciate the art of German beer-making and culture. The Black Forest Inn, which has been up and running for 43 years, celebrates the season with its own 10-day festival. Deutsch-tacular activities commence this Friday with the annual keg-tapping ceremony, alpenhorn players (think the horn players from the "Ricola" commercials), and Hacker-Pschorr, one of the "big six" beers in Germany. Other activities include burlesque during "Decadent Weimar Republic Cabaret Night" (Saturday, September 27), polka night (Sunday, September 28), Minnesota Homebrewers Night (Tuesday, September 30), and of course, David Hasselhoff montage night (Friday, October 3), and bad German accent night (Saturday, October 4). Though most nights feature drink specials and even some samplings, if you're a ham, be sure to check out Prost Night (Wednesday, October 1), when bartenders will bring you and your friends a free brew if you're willing to give a toast to the room. For a complete schedule of events and specials, visit www.blackforestinnmpls.com.
Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2008