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It doesn’t feel like it outside yet, but fall is here. That means fall beer is here, too. With temperatures still in the 70s and 80s, what better way is there to cool off than by drinking a nice, malty festbier like the throngs in Munich or a fresh harvest ale brewed with hops straight from the vine?

Perhaps those pining for colder weather will reach for a spicy pumpkin ale or something dark and strong to usher in the new season. Getting thirsty? Find your own Oktoberfest and fall beers at one of this weekend’s recommended celebrations in and around D.C.

Meridian Pint Oktoberfest – Saturday, Oct. 6, 12 to 6 p.m.

Columbia Heights Day goers can look forward to a satellite festival at Meridian Pint this year. The craft beer focused establishment is blocking off its stretch of 11th Street NW to make room for a 300-person German-style biergarten complete with grills for sausages, live oompah music, and plenty of Oktoberfest beer. In addition to kegs of six German beers outside, all 24 lines inside the restaurant will be pouring a variety of American fall brews. View the complete beer list here. Admission is free and there will be activities for the entire family, even pets.

Capitol City Brewing Company Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest – Saturday, Oct. 6, 12 to 7 p.m.

Shirlington Village in Arlington will once again be the sight for Capitol City Brewing Company‘s 13th annual Oktoberfest. The celebration will have authentic German music and food, local vendors, and beer samples from over 50 craft breweries—most from the Mid-Atlantic region. Check out a map and list of breweries here. Admission is $25 for those who wish to drink and includes a tasting glass and 10 tickets. Admission is free for those who simply want to enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Biergarten Haus – Fridays 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

With tables decorated in Bavarian colors, live German music on Friday and Saturday nights, and authentic Oktoberfest food and beer, Biergarten Haus is a great place to get a local dose of what festivities are like in Munich. Only their Oktoberfest is going through the end of the month. The German-style beer hall regularly has about a dozen beers on tap, and right now, most of those are Oktoberfest brews. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. (weekdays only). There is no cover charge, and seats are always first-come, first-serve after 7 p.m.

UPDATEVirtue Feed & Grain is also celebrating Oktoberfest from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow with Sam Adams hops, sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, and oysters. The restaurant is shutting down the alley next door for the festival, which will include live music and prizes. No reservations needed.

Photo by Tammy Tuck

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