One would be correct to associate tequila and margaritas with San Antonio. After all, it’s in Texas and is the home of the Alamo.
However, there is a lot of beer there, too, and there’s even an Oktoberfest as well as the San Antionio Beer Festival, both in October, as well as other places and events that celebrates the city’s German influence, most evident in the King William District, an area settled by Germans in the 1800s.
San Antionio’s Oktoberfest runs thru Oct. 29 at the San Antonio Bier Garten along the famous River Walk. The Bier Garten is open year-round but it really turns into a mini Munich for Oktoberfest with stein-hoisting contests, oompah music, singalongs, chicken dancing, bratwurst and currywurst.
The San Antonio Beer Festival is October 21 has has more than 400 premium and craft beers brewed by more than 100 international breweries. This highly annual anticipated event – it started in 2005 – has games, food trucks, local vendors and, well, lots of beer.
The Guenther House, built in 1860s for German settler and founder of Pioneer Flour Mills Carl Himar Guenter, is now a cozy brunch spot that sits along the banks of the river. The restaurant has a museum and a shop that carries such items as the restaurant’s famed biscuit mix.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru Oct. 29, Six Flags Fiesta celebrates Oktoberfest with German food and beers.
Taking place at Brackenridge Park on September 24, Parktoberfest has German and jazz music and complimentary beer samples. Admission is free and has food and drinks.