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Drinks: Oktoberfest for all

Munich residents, one with a Maori style tattoo,

Munich residents, one with a Maori style tattoo, the other dressed in traditional Bavarian Lederhosen trousers, cheer with beer steins three days ahead of Oktoberfest opening at Hofbraeuhaus beer garden. (Sept. 18, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

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.

This year, Munich's Oktoberfest is expected to draw about 6 million. The mayor of Munich is slated to tap the first keg on Saturday.

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.

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