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Friday, September 25, 2009

S.F.'s Best Places to Get Stinko for Oktoberfest

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Clinking steins at Schroeder's: Pace yourself, okay? - SCHMICKIE/FLICKR
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  • Clinking steins at Schroeder's: Pace yourself, okay?
Beer drinkers: You already know that Oktoberfest is officially here. The German tradition, which dates back as far as the 16th century, kicks off in late September for one reason: to drink the old stocks of beer and make room for new. History lesson aside, the fact remains that the Bay Area has ample places to celebrate Oktoberfest. Here are SFoodie's highlighted destinations in the coming weeks for beer and grub:

Suppenküche (525 Laguna at Hayes) has lunch (in honor of Oktoberfest) and beer specials. More info here.

• Special German beer can be found at Toronado (547 Haight near Fillmore).

• In the Mission, Monk's Kettle (3141 16th St. at Albion) will have both beer and German food.

Schroeder's German Restaurant's (240 Front at Sacramento) annual Oktoberfest kickoff is today. Take in the Joe Smiell's Fest band, folk dancers, and German elves -- otherwise known as hostesses. It is too easy to get completely sloshed here, and pacing is key. The festivities continue every Friday through October.

• If you're craving more crowds in a decidedly less intimate setting, Oktoberfest By the Bay at Pier 48 near AT&T Park is billing itself as "bigger and better" this year. Events run from October 2 to 4. Tickets are $30 to $35; beer, German food, music, and general festivities are scheduled. Happy guzzling.

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