Oktoberfest in Germany may be canceled, but it is not canceled in Las Colinas! Several restaurants have Oktoberfest specials and the Irving Marathon Running Series is having an Oktoberfest themed 5k race that is a hybrid of virtual and in person.
The Ginger Man has five German-inspired beers, all in the bottle, on their seasonal menu. The beer list includes Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier, Spaten Oktoberfest and Real Ale Oktoberfest. They also have two menu items with german flair; a Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese and jalapeno cheddar sausage with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard.
Mercy Bar & Lounge in the Toyota Music Factory is getting in on the festivities with a special menu. The menu includes a chicken schnitzel dinner, German wines, and “Hissy Fit” Marzen Lager. The menu will be available from September 18th to September 26th.
Yard House has six German-style beers that come in a commemorative stein for their celebration. The beers they have are Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen, Sam Adams Octoberfest Seasonal, Weihenstephan Festbier and Stiegl Radler Grapefruit. Pair your brew with their giant Bavarian pretzel served with horseradish mustard and house IPA white cheddar beer cheese. You can take home the celebration with Yard House’s German-themed Spotify playlist.
On October 3rd, Irving Marathon will be hosting their hybrid Oktoberfest 5k and 1 mile runs in collaboration with the Irving-Las Colinas Olympic Day Committee. The Olympic Rings will be on-site for photo ops. The race is virtual, but participants can pick a time between 9 am and 3 pm to come to the Toyota Music Factory for a socially distanced celebration. Participants will be able to grab 2 beers from Reservoir and post-race snacks catered by Nosh and Bottle at Texas Lottery Plaza. They can take pictures with the themed race banner, and enjoy good times with friends while maintaining social distancing and observing other safety measures at the venue.