October…ahem…Oktober is here and for many that means beer, brats, lederhosen and more beer. While some of the festivities may have passed, the truth is, Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the month (some would argue throughout the year) at places all around California – you just need to know where to look. Here are just a few places where you can grab a beer, enjoy some polka, and experience Oktoberfest with an authentic German vibe.

Zeitgeist
199 Valencia Street in the Mission (San Francisco)
Recently named one of the best beer gardens in America by Food & Wine magazine, Zeitgeist offers the comfortable feel of a traditional beer garden, but with a Mission twist. They have 64 taps pouring a variety of mostly American craft beers, including many from California and the Pacific Northwest.

Schroeder’s
240 Front St. in Financial District (San Francisco)
Established in 1893, Schroeder’s is said to be the oldest and largest German restaurant on the West Coast. They offer a variety of traditional German and American dishes, in addition to an extensive beer list. If you’re feeling adventurous (and thirsty), try a Giant Schroeder’s Das Boot – a 104 ounce beer served in a mouth-blown glass boot. Oktoberfest events with live polka music will be held on Friday October 4, 11 and 25.

Old World
7561 Center Ave. #49 (Huntington Beach)
Oktoberfest at Old World’s is now celebrating it’s 36th year and claims this will be the biggest and best Oktoberfest yet. Running Sunday September 8th through Sunday October 27th, they plan to serve all the best German Beers, traditional German Food, have been voted “Best Bratwurst” in Southern California. If you are in the Huntington Beach area, stop here and have a beer, or two, for us!

Alpine Village
833 West Torrance Blvd (Torrance)
Within 10 miles of Southern California’s beautiful beaches; Alpine Village is the home of the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in the region. Festivities run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 15 to October 27. Friday and Saturday the fun goes from 6PM to midnight, and can be enjoyed Sunday’s from 1 PM to 6 PM. You should be warned, USA Today has ranked this one of the top Oktoberfests in the world. With that said, if you are looking for sub-par beer and mediocre entertainment, this may not be the Oktoberfest for you.

Okay, all this talk of beer has made me thirsty, and no doubt you’ll be looking to quench your thirst as well. Once you’ve gotten all your celebrating done, let us know who had the best beer, brat, and entertainment — that way we know which ones to prioritize next year. Good luck and Viel Vergnügen!