As I mentioned in my post “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” we dig Oktoberfest beer, so when my sister-in-law suggested we check out one local beer garden, we couldn’t refuse. Since the beer garden – or Bier Garten auf Deutsch – is in a park and next to a kid’s playground, we decided to make it a family picnic.
We broke out the big beer glass I bought from Oktoberfest more than ten years ago. Here’s Daddy O. showing his excitement!
At the bier garten, I split a half-liter with my sister-in-law, and Daddy O. opted for a full liter of dark beer. Apparently it is shipped from Hofbrauhaus Munich, and it was quite good. We also shared a big pretzel (complete with three cheese blend spread), bratwurst, quark (type of cheese), fruit, and sandwiches for the kids. It was so fun to dine and drink on a beautiful, autumn day!
After lunch, the kids played on the playground, leaving Daddy O. to finish his liter while sitting on a park bench. A polka band with an amazing tuba player and authentic German beer hall songs made our afternoon outing even more perfect. I think it’s impossible NOT to be happy when you hear a polka (but maybe that’s just me?)!
Initially, we felt a little crazy for bringing our kids to a beer garden, but it really was a lovely day! Living in Wisconsin, adults can bring their underage children to bars, so why not a beer garden too?! Cheers / Prost!
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