My go-to German biergarten, Radegast, kicked off Oktoberfest in style on Saturday. The Williamsburg beer tavern sported a pig roast, live music from my favorite polka group with a killer name, Das Booty, lederhosen galore, and a mug-hoisting competition. My rag-tag friend crew and I happily gorged on Radeberger beers, bratwurst with fries and sauerkraut, and huge Munich pretzels paired with Radegast’s original spicy mustard.
At about 4 PM, the mug hoisting competition began with most of the men in the room and a few scattered women holding up a liter of draft beer, elbows straight, for as long as possible. The purchase of a $13 liter beer gets you into the competition, and the winner receives a prize of three more liters (not bad!).
The Oktoberfest-ivities continue each Saturday through October 5, with live music starting at 1 PM and a celebratory keg tapping at the beginning of each day. Try to get there early as the picnic-style tables fill up fast. Prost!
Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 North 3rd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.