As sure as September leads to October, autumn is a time for some local brewers to whip up special beers inspired by Oktoberfest, the traditional folk festival that is known to result in large gatherings across its native nation of Germany — events that usually include traditional dishes and large quantities of beer and merry making. This year, the festival runs from now through Oct. 3.
Here are some ways to celebrate on Long Island:
BLACK FOREST BREW HAUS, 2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale; 631-391-9500, blackforestbrewhaus.com
The Black Forest Oktoberfest 2016 beer is already available, one of many beers available at the Oktoberfest celebration (running now through Oct. 15), also starring live German music (Friday and Saturday 7 to 11 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 6 p.m.), impromptu contests (such as stein holding and yodeling) and dishes such as Wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten. No cover.
GREAT SOUTH BAY BREWERY, 25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore; 631-392-8472, greatsouthbaybrewery.com
“Splashing Pumpkin” ale is currently available, and it will be pouring for sale during the brewery’s annual “PunktoberFest” (Oct. 22, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.). Music to be provided by five local punk rock bands in an event also featuring food from area restaurants. General admission tickets are $50; $65 VIP tickets include pre-entrance at 12:45 p.m., plus four samples of beer from local breweries (designated driver ticket holders pay $15 to enter, which means no drinking alcoholic beverages but includes one complimentary cup of craft iced tea from The Subtle Tea Company); purchase online at ticketfly.com
GREENPORT HARBOR BREWING CO., 42155 Main Rd., Peconic; 631-477-1100; greenportharborbrewing.com
Greenport Harbor’s Kellerbier is already available, its Schwartz beer is being offered, and its Oktoberfest beer is due Oct. 1 — the same day as the brewery’s Oktoberfest event, which has live music from 4 to 8 p.m. and edibles served off the company food truck. No cover.
PLATTDUETSCHE PARK, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com
Plattduetsche Park, serving German food since 1939, has long-served as an LI Oktoberfest standby, and much like years prior it will be holding a lengthy festival. Every weekend until Oct. 22 will feature dancing, music and a special menu in the venue’s Biergarten, with no cover (except Oct. 9, noon-5 p.m. and Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m.; the charge on those nights is for fundraising purposes). The menu specials include Bayrische Schweinshaxe (slow-roasted pork shank), sauerbraten, various wursts and a seasonal Oktoberfest beer.
BIERHAUS PATCHOGUE, 32 W. Main St., Patchogue; 631-475-9200, bierhauspatchogue.com
Live accordion performances and authentic German music on Wednesdays and Fridays (5 to 9 p.m.), as well as Sundays (4 to 8 p.m.). No cover for bar-only customers. Through Oct. 30, Bierhaus has a $25.90 four-course menu offering such entrees as sauerbraten (with red cabbage, potato dumplings) and jaegershnitzel (pork cutlet, with mushroom sauce).
ROWDY HALL, 10 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-8555, rowdyhall.com
Until Oct. 2, Rowdy will put picnic tables in the courtyard and shared dining tables in the dining room to create a German beer garden atmosphere. Watch for beer specials, live music and $27 prix fixe dinner specials (served after 5 p.m.), changing weekly as follows:
Sept. 22-25: Kassler rippchen (smoked, salted pork loin) with braised red cabbage and grilled apples; prinzregententorte sponge cake with chocolate buttercream for dessert.
Sept. 26-28: Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, gold beets; Black Forest trifle for dessert.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Sauerbraten with braised red cabbage, turnip potato puree; German cheesecake with caramel apples for dessert.