The first Oktoberfest poured brews in honor of the wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Theresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen. It attracted about 40,000 revelers.
Locally, you'll find plenty of Oktoberfest brews for sale. They're from American as well as German breweries.
From one of Germany's top breweries: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen. Very balanced, with more restraint in the maltiness. Excellent with German dishes, from loin of pork to sauerbraten. A 16.9-ounce bottle is $3.99 at Superstar Beverage in Huntington Station.
Hacker-Pschorr is a smooth, slightly floral entry. There are hints of toffee and caramel in this easy-drinking production that goes with smoked pork chops and sauerbraten. A six-pack is $9.99.
At $9.49: Spaten Oktoberfest, an amber-hued, foamy Munich mouthful. This one is an ideal match with a platter of bratwurst. Pairs neatly with sauerbraten, too.
Warsteiner Oktoberfest is a more modest contribution but good and refreshing. Break out the knockwurst; $8.49 a six-pack.
One of the dependable American 'fest beers is Samuel Adams Octoberfest. Coppery-red and malty, very satisfying with German specialties -- and grilled burgers, too. A six-pack: $9.99.
And try Brooklyn Oktoberfest, which comes in at $9.69 a six-pack. It's a malty winner, full-bodied and rich in the German tradition, but with some appealing hoppiness. Works on its own or with the wurst of your choice.