The hot days are over, the days are shorter, it’s time for sweaters and boots. Whose ready for Oktoberfest?

When I was a senior in high school in Daytona Beach, Fl; I had the opportunity to waitress at Bernkastel Festhaus. I loved that job. Right on the beach, if you were serving outside you could watch the waves crashing and if you were inside you could smell the delicious food cooking and the delicious beer on tap.

It was an experience even for the locals who popped in for a deli sandwich. There was a couple who kept their glass boot mugs in the fridge for when they wanted a frosty brew. The beer  was served in pints, half yard and yard glasses! It was awesome. And during spring break, it was like Oktoberfest had come to Daytona.

Sam Adams brilliantly figured out the tastes of beer and it’s seasons, at least for my palate. In the summer, for me, it’s great to have something amber and cold. But in the fall, when the air is crispy, a dark beer is wonderful.  My favorite beer on tap at  Bernkastel’s was, Hacker-Pschorr –  Oktoberfest.

And if you look at pictures in Germany during Oktoberfest, it seems to be a timeless tradition, classic images that could have been taken today or 30 years ago. I thought it would be fun to put a little vintage Oktoberfest collection together. Our leaves have just started to change here in Pennsylvania, they are blowing and chilly so I am thinking a hot pretzel with mustard and a beer would be great tonight next to the fire.

Vintage Oktoberfest

Do you celebrate Oktoberfest or have a favorite memory or tradition? Would love to hear it in the comments.


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