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Mid-September is here, and you beer-lovers know what that means: Oktoberfest. Yet for most of us, a two week trip to Munich just isn’t in our budget (maybe if we didn’t spend so much money on beer?). The good news is, you can beat the crowds and save some money by celebrating Oktoberfest in the great outdoors: Out-toberfest! Here are our favorite ways to celebrate Out-toberfest with friends.


pouring a beer


Beer Gear

The most important part of Oktoberfest is the beer! Make sure you bring the right gear to keep your beer cold. A stein is the most traditional vessel, but steins can be too heavy for a backcountry excursion. Try the Glacier Stainless Multicolored Pint Set to prevent cup mixups or the insulated Glacier Stainless Saison Vacuum Pint for hotter days. Our vacuum-insulated Growlers are perfect for transporting the cold brew of your choice to the campsite. Best of all, at Out-toberfest, nobody will fine you for taking the drinkware home with you.




Unlike the tents at Oktoberfest, the tents at an Out-toberfest don’t require reservations! Have your friends set up their tents in a circle and designate each tent to a favorite local brewery. Festival goers can mingle in the middle while enjoying their brews or dip off to the tents to refill their pints. And, obviously, the tents double as your lodging when you’re Oktoberfested out.



Beer by the campfire




You can't have Oktoberfest without Oktoberfood. Nothing goes better with a beer in the woods than a campfire roasted bratwurst. Here's our go-to Out-toberfest recipe:



6 bratwurst sausages

2 tablespoons butter

1½ onions, thickly sliced

1 12-ounce bottle amber ale or nut brown ale

6 hoagie buns



Melt butter over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Nestle bratwurst among onions, add bottle of ale and bring to a slow boil (we like to use a Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing).


Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally until beer cooks down and is evaporated. Remove onions and set aside. Raise the heat to medium high and brown sausages evenly on all sides. Serve on hoagie buns with onions and coarse, grainy mustard.


Add sauerkraut if desired. Goes great with pickles.



Brat with Kraut



Oktoberfest is known for its music, a mix between traditional Bavarian tunes and classic Western songs. Familiar numbers include “Country Roads” and “Y.M.C.A.”, while you’ll have to practice classics like “Ein Prosit” and “Fliegerlied”. Bring a speaker and sing along to an Oktoberfest playlist like this one.




Lederhosen and Dirndls are the name of the game, but beer seems to taste the same no matter what you wear. As long as you’re comfortable and warm, you’re good to go. Don’t forget your base layers!



Dog in one hand, beer in the other. Dogs are welcome at Out-toberfest!


Making Friends

A big part of Oktoberfest is meeting other beer enthusiasts. What’s a better way to make friends than over a cold beer? Bring some extra brews to share with other people at your campsite, and invite them over for a sing-along.



Clean Up

Nothing kills a good party like campsite litter. After you’ve had your festival fill, remember to leave your campsite the way you found it for the next Out-toberfesters.



Beers in a hammock


Now you’re ready to take Oktoberfest to the woods. Enjoy your beer, toast your friends, practice your German accent, and remember all the beer you can buy with the money you’re saving.






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