Pick 7: Cheers to Oktoberfest

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Credit: Alexa Lampasona

The final week of the Bavarian festival Oktoberfest winds down this weekend. The 16-day festival in Munich ran from September 20 and ends this Sunday, October 5. But leave it up to us to stretch the celebration throughout the month. We found this fun infographic about which countries drink the most beer. Czech Republic (148.6 liters per capita) and Austria (107.8 liters per capita) outranked Germany (106.1 liters per capita). The U.S. ranked number 14 (77.1 liters per capita) below Panama and Slovenia. What are we going to do about that? Well, here are a few ideas to get in the German spirit this October.

Der Biergarten

300 Marietta Street, Atlanta

We can't mention Oktoberfest without Atlanta's only restaurant that serves two authentic German beers on draft: Bitburger and Zunft Kolsch. Every Saturday during the month of October, the beer garden is tapping into a new German beer at 7:30 p.m. Check out the list here.

Kurt’s & Vreny’s Restaurant 

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Credit: Alexa Lampasona

3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Duluth

This family-owned, neighborhood bistro is worth the trek OTP. Their Oktoberfest menu finishes up this weekend. To round out the celebration, the patio will host Oktoberfest music and you can get your fix on traditional German offerings including a schweinebraten (roasted pork loin) and Fleischkase (pork meatloaf).

Graft Restaurant

516 Grayson Parkway, Grayson

Who says Oktoberfest is all about beer? Graft owner and chef Ashley Clemence is showcasing the high acid wines of Germany and Alsace. She'll make specific pairings with farm-fresh food from local purveyors like Darby Farms. The first Tuesday tasting (October 6) is $20 and begins at 6:30 p.m. She'll also host two beer tastings on October 7 and 14.

Petite Auberge

2935 North Druid Hills Road NE, Atlanta

The name may be French but the two owners are of German descent, and they are paying homage to their roots with an additional Oktoberfest menu. With Bavarian and German-themed appetizers like Swiss style Wurstsalat (a tart sausage salad), and entrees like the braised beef roulade or marinated German sauerbraten (pot roast), you'll have plenty to feast on. On of the restaurant's highlight events of the year is the Oktoberfest party on Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18.

Explore Bantam+Biddy

1544 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta

Throughout the month, they are serving up a pork schnitzel, your choice of side, German Black Forest cake and bottle of Victory Brewing Company’s Festbier for $18.

Meehan’s Atlantic Station

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Credit: Alexa Lampasona

232 19th St. NW, Atlanta

The first Saturday in October (and the last for the real Oktoberfest) calls for a party, and the Meehan's at Atlantic Station is throwing an Oktoberfest bash. In true German spirit, there will be competitions galore: a Das Boot chugging contest, stein holding contest and best-dressed contest.

Fuji Hana Thai Peppers

2606 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw

What wouldn’t you expect at a Thai restaurant? An Oktoberfest beer garden! Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month, the restaurant hosts a beer garden, where they give away one Sapporo pint glass with each purchase. Appetizer and sushi specials complement the Japanese rice lager-style beer, like the tongue-tingling hot rock shrimp or the spicy dynamite roll.