Looking for a brat and brew way to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles? Look no further than the Alpine Village’s annual celebration of all things German suds and songs running now through October 27, 2012.
The original Oktoberfest celebration began centuries ago with a royal marriage. Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810, and Bavarians did what Bavarians do: they threw a party. That original celebration turned out so wunderbar that the Bavarians decided to do it over and over until the festival expanded into two-and-a-half week party that now brings over seven million visitors to Munich every year for the celebration.
Te festivals spread to random parts all over the world as the Germans did and suddenly Oktoberfest become as ubiquitous as Cinco de Mayo.
In Los Angeles, the Alpine Village complex in Torrance has become the it place for local stein chugging since its inception in 1968, complete with oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland, German bier, and authentic, homemade Bratwurst and Polish sausages.
This year’s Alpine Village Oktoberfest will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between September 7 and October 27, 2012 in a massive 32,000 square-foot tent.
Friday and Saturday are the time for adults to get their debauchery on as the party starts at 6pm and lasts until 1am. Sunday is more family oriented with kids’ activities and a lower suds vibe that starts at 1pm and ends at 6pm. The price of admission (listed below) affords visitors entrance to the event; beer and food then costs extra.
The restaurant at the Alpine Village offers a variety of classic Oktoberfest fare from the traditional:
Wienerschnitzel – Pan-fried and breaded pork loin served with fried potatoes, braised red cabbage and lemon.
Sauerbraten – Wine-marinated, braised beef served with potato dumplings, red cabbage and reduction sauce.
Beef Goulash – Beef stewed in paprika-tomato sauce and served over spaetzle noodles with
asparagus on the side.
Spaetzle & Kaese – Housemade spaetzle noodles, gruyere cheese, bacon and bread crumbs.
To the really, really traditional:
Leberkaese Sandwich – Sliced veal loaf, bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard on a brioche bun.
Kassler Ripchen – Smoked pork chop with sweet vinegar glaze, garlic mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.
Game Hen & Spaetzle – Brined, crispy game Cornish game hen with wild mushroom cream sauce, buttered spaetzle and asparagus.
Stuffed Cabbage – Spiced ground beef, pork and rice wrapped with cabbage leaves and cooked in tomato broth.
But the food is really just an excuse to soak up the bier and the sponsors for the events are master brewers Warsteiner and Konig Ludwig who produce some of the finest brews the old world has to offer.
There are over 15 German, Belgian and craft beers on tap, but Warsteiner might just be the finest.
Warsteiner beer has been brewed in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany since 1753 and remains Germany’s largest privately owned brewery.
Warsteiner brews are big, bold and brash barley specimens that succeed from centuries of perfecting each blend’s idiosyncrasies. Seek these out:
The Warsteiner Premium Verum is a pilsner style beer, is Warsteiner’s most popular beer and it’s no wonder why. There’s a perfect balance between the crisp malted summer barley and the all-local German hops. There’s no bitter aftertaste and the glass is as refreshing as a light summer rain.
The Warsteiner Oktoberfest is made especially for events of this kind and boasts a sexy, amber color that reveals a smooth, slightly caramel finish. Like all their beers, the finish is perfectly balanced and does not linger like some uninvited party guest.
If you want their Fightclub of beers, then go dark with the Warsteiner Premium Dunkel, with a hearty alcohol content of 4.8 percent.
Fall is here in Los Angeles and that means 85 degree days. So put a little Oktoberfest into the weekend and cool off with mad-scientifically crafted cold beers and classic Bavarian fare in a party atmosphere that rivals only Mardi Gras. Cheers!
833 Torrance Blvd Torrance, CA 90502
• Friday: 6PM until Midnight
• Saturday: 6PM until Midnight
• Sunday: 1PM until 6PM
Notes & Info:
• GLASSWARE: Due to safety concerns, no glass will be allowed inside the tent on Friday and Saturday night. Thank you for your cooperation!
• DRINKING VESSELS: You can bring your own cup, stein, vase, Tupperware or other drinking vessel to Oktoberfest as long as it doesn’t shard (like glass) and/or doesn’t have high potential to break into sharp pieces. Please note that at Oktoberfest they will not fill your stein directly. Beer is sold in either 32 oz. or 16 oz. sizes that you then pour into your chosen drinking vessel.
• TABLE RESERVATIONS: The Alpine Village does not reserve tables at Oktoberfest. Table space can be claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• TICKETS cost $20 on Friday and Saturday nights from now until October 27. Sunday tickets are $5; kids 12 and under enter free on Sundays as do revelers dressed in dirndls or lederhosen.
• AGE RESTRICTIONS: Sunday is an all-ages event; On Friday and Saturday you must be 21 years or older to enter Oktoberfest. All valid IDs are accepted provided we can read them and verify their authenticity.
• PARKING: free though arrive early for easy parking.