|It's always Oktoberfest at BierBeisl|
This weekend (Sept. 22-23), fill your commemorative mug with more than 10 local brews at Pasadena's Kings Road Gastropub, get food specials and listen to some live music. The patio is the place to be (and has TVs for you sports fans). $15 gets you the mug, T-shirt, raffle entry and your first full pour of beer. Extra tickets can be purchased ($2-$8) for beer and food. 10:30 AM to close (20 E. Colorado Blvd.; 626-793-3010).
Starting Saturday, Bar Bouchon will feature bratwurst and blau zipfel (beef and pork sausage) with sauerkraut, brezeln (pretzels) and Alsatian tarte flambee, plus German beers like Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, Bitburger Pilsner, Hofbrau Oktoberfest and Spaten Optimater Doppelbock. Get the special Oktoberfest menu from 11 AM to 10 PM daily, including happy hour (4-9 PM). Available from Sept. 22 through the end of October (235 N. Canon Dr.; 310-271-9910).
All Lazy Dog Cafes have bust out a new menu for the German festival now through the end of October. Get brats and brick-oven pretzels with house-made amber ale whole-grain mustard, and six German beers on tap. Think: Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold Lager and Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and Hofbräu München Dunkel. All of it is also available for $1 off during the happy hours (Mon.-Fri., 3-6 PM and Sun.-Thurs. 9 PM to close).
West LA's BRÜ HAUS always has gourmet brats and craft brews, but consider the new happy hour an Oktoberest present. Even if the food isn't German - sweet potato tots, bbq and blue cheese sliders, pastrami egg rolls - the special beers available right now are. Find selections from Weihenstephan, Paulaner, Ayinger and Hofbrau breweries every week, as well as individual Oktoberfest specials from Spaten and Hacker Pschorr. Happy hour is weekdays from 4-8 PM (11831 Wilshire Blvd., 310-473-2337).
Now that BierBeisl is back after a nice holiday, it's time for chef Bernhard Mairinger to celebrate Oktoberfest his way. Starting this weekend (Sept. 22), there's Austrian holiday specialties like schweinshaze (braised and roasted pork shank) served with homemade knoedel (dumplings) and sauerkraut, and more schnitzel than ever. German beers plus schnapps are a given (9669 S. Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-271-7274).