Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus

I think of all the parties my husband and I have thrown, our Oktoberfest wins hands down. We had custom mugs designed, wore authentic German gear, and I even home brewed Oktoberfest beer. Although we don’t go all out with a party anymore, we still celebrate this festive fall event.

Photo: Carol Fox & Assoc.

This year, we headed to Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont for their impressive celebration. Not many people know that this is the same brew house that is in Munich, Germany. This is about as authentic as you can get, and yes- they KNOW how to create an atmosphere where you can’t help but jump up on the tables and belt out Ein Prosit!

Photo: Carol Fox & Assoc

Bart and I were fortunate enough to be invited to the media preview of Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus, which runs through this weekend. Yes, we dressed up in Leiderhosen and Dirndl, and I donned Heidi-esque braids. Where else can you get away with this?

On the menu is of course, Oktoberfest beer served in the original steins (HEAVY!), and they host a stein holding contest.

In addition to the brews, they serve incredible food. My favorite? The pretzels. I could eat a dozen, served with their custom cream cheese dip.

Photo: Carol Fox & Assoc

They also serve traditional German fare, such as Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, and Apfelstreudel.

 Photo: Carol Fox & Assoc

If you truly want to get in the mood, order shots. You just might get a little surprise after you down the delicious apple shot…they deliver a shot and a spanking, and they don’t take it easy!

Head to the final Oktoberfest festivities at Hofbräuhaus Chicago this weekend!