Opened in 2017 after a painstaking restoration, Waldmann Brewery not only occupies the oldest saloon building in the Twin Cities (established in 1857), but proudly maintains its original German character. Inside the distinctive limestone walls, the Bavarian-style furnishings harken back to an era when the pub was a community gathering place. This neighborly vibe is sure to be evident at the brewer’s Oktoberfest, a weekend-long party that remakes Munich by way of Minnesota. With live music setting a boisterous mood, festival-goers can partake in the abundant lawn games in the spacious beer garden. The star of the occasion, of course, remains the ales, a factor that Waldmann has anticipated with a lineup of German-style brews, including pilsners, berliners, and dunkels. True to tradition, the brewery has also concocted a special Oktoberfest lager, perfect for toasting the occasion in a stylish commemorative stein. Lederhosen and dirndl dresses are entirely optional, but will undoubtedly match the atmosphere, particularly during Sunday’s performance by the Bavarian Dance Group.