Oktoberfest 2012

Unpack those Lederhosen – It’s Oktoberfest Time!

September 21-23 and 28-30

Fridays & Saturdays 5 PM - Midnight/Sundays 4 - 10 PM



It’s our favorite time of the year at Penn Brewery – Oktoberfest!  Penn’s classic O-Fest celebration returns for the weekends of September 21-23 and 28-30

Here’s what we have on tap for this year’s festivities: 

Nine different Penn Brewery Beers On Tap: Oktoberfest, Pilsner, Dark, Gold, Allegheny Pale Ale, and Kaiser Pils.

Favorite German Dishes:
Food offerings under the Fest tent will include traditional German favorites such as wursts & sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, soft pretzels, and apple strudel, as well as a few American-style items.  Penn’s sit-down restaurant will also feature Oktoberfest specials such as Black Forest chicken with Pilsner cheese sauce. 

Alpine Entertainment:
Festgoers will hoist their steins to oompah-style music from the Autobahn Band, Heimet Klange, Kevin Solecki, and Gaudi Buam. 

Beer Trivia Contest on Friday, Sept 28:  Lisa Kendall from Q92.9 FM will be on hand to find the wunderkind of beer knowledge. Register under the Fest tent between 5 and 7 pm, and you could be one of five lucky finalists randomly drawn to compete for the title at 7 pm.  The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Penn Brewery restaurant.

Please note the following:      

•Fest runs 5:00 pm through midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  Only guests 21 and over are permitted at all of Penn Brewery after 8:00 pm on these days.  Before 8:00 pm, guests under age 21 must be accompanied by an adult. 

•Fest runs 4:00 through 10:00 pm on Sundays.  All ages are welcome any time on these days.  

•There is no cover charge.  Oktoberfest events are cash-only, except in the main dining room.  An ATM is available in our lobby.  

•No reservations, including those for private functions, will be accepted during Fest days.  In addition, Penn is not accepting private party bookings during the weeks of Oktoberfest.

•Penn Brewery will be open for lunch as usual with a modified O-Fest menu from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during Oktoberfest.   Penn will be closed the Mondays following Oktoberfest weekends, September 24 and October 1.  

•Parking is free.  In addition to the gravel lot across the street from Penn, free parking is also available at Sara Heinz House, Schiller Academy, and North Catholic High School.  There is also space near the 16th Street bridge.  Brewery staff and security team will be on hand to guide you toward additional parking areas.

•No need to worry about inclement weather - that's why we have a Fest tent!  Should it rain, you'll stay nice and dry while you enjoy great food, drink, and entertainment! 

•We will not be selling cases or kegs from the Brewery on Friday, Sept. 28.

Entertainment Schedule  



Friday September 21

Kevin Solecki (inside) ~ 4:30-7:30 pm     
  Gaudi Buam (inside) ~ 7:30-10:00 pm  
Autobahn (tent) ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Heimet Klang (tent) ~ 8:30 pm -12:00 am 

  Saturday September 22

Kevin Solecki (inside) ~ 4:30-7:30 pm
Gaudi Buam (inside)  ~ 7:30-10:30 pm
Heimet Klang (tent) ~ 5:00 - 8:00 pm 
Autobahn (tent) ~ 8:30pm -12:00 am   

Sunday September 23

Autobahn ~ 4:30-8:30 pm




 Friday, September 28

 Autobahn (tent) ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Heimet Klang (tent) ~ 8:30 pm-12:00 am

Saturday, September 29

Gaudi Buam (inside) ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Heimat Klang (tent) ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Autobahn (tent) ~ 8:30pm - 12:00am

Sunday, September 30

Autobahn (biergarten) ~ 4:30-8:30 pm




Planning your own Oktoberfest celebration this year?  Let us cater it for you!  Call Rhiannon at 412-237-9400, x-112 to inquire!

Special thanks to Guy Manningham for sponsoring the Oktoberfest photo booth!

Photos from Oktoberfest 2011!
















 Oktoberfest FAQ


What Is the Significance of Oktoberfest?


Oktoberfest is an annual festival held in Munich in Bavaria, Germany.  Oktoberfest originated as a celebration honoring the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, which took place on October 12, 1810. The people of Munich were all invited to attend the reception held in the fields next to the city gates.  The party went on for several days, and everyone must have had a great time, because it then became an annual event, with horse races, agricultural shows, and other attractions added to the fun. 


Anniversary celebrations continued each year, usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October. Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for almost 200 years (with the exception of wartime). As immigrants from Germany came to North America, smaller Oktoberfests sprouted up in their communities. In Munich, close to a million people show up to consume 10 million pints of beer, some 750,000 spit-roasted chickens, and more than 800,000 wursts and sausages.


Painting of the First Oktoberfest, 1810

Why is Oktoberfest Held in September?

 Beginning in 1872, the Oktoberfest celebration was moved to September.  After too many years of cold, wet Alpine weather in October, Munich city officials decided to take advantage of the last warm days of September weather by rescheduling Oktoberfest.  Today, Munich’s Oktoberfest begins on the second-to-last Saturday in September and runs through the first Sunday in October. 


Why is Märzen (March) Beer Served at Oktoberfest?

Back in the days before modern refrigeration, beer brewed during the summer months was more likely to spoil in the higher temperatures.  So to ensure a steady supply beer supply, summer beers were brewed in March and stored in barrels in ice-filled stone lagering caves to protect them from the summer heat. (Note – check out the old lagering tunnels here at Penn Brewery; they’re left from the E&O Brewery, which operated in our building beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.)  So the beer that was enjoyed at those early Oktoberfest celebrations was actually made back in the preceding spring. By the time it was served in the fall, the beer had “matured” and had a higher alcohol content. Tasty!

What goes best with an Oktoberfest beer?

If a stein is in one hand, the other usually holds a wurst or sausage. At the Munich Oktoberfest, the food is served in gargantuan portions: haunches of oxen and whole chickens are spit-roasted, and myriad sausages are steamed and served with sauerkraut and onions. American sausage-makers, such as Usingers of Milwaukee, make flavorful sausages -- beef, chicken, pork or veal - often flavored with fresh herbs and seasonings -- that complement the bready, malty notes of an Oktoberfest beer.

Bring your family and friends to Penn Oktoberfest!
It may not be München, but it's as close as you can get in Pittsburgh!