Rheinlander Oktoberfest

Starting tonight, Der Rheinlander and Gustav's Bier Stube are throwing thei annual Oktoberfest. Unlike some of the breweries around town that have pitched their own versions, this one is a bit more traditional in the sense that they are featuring actual German beers. Beers including Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, and Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen imported from Germany will be available.

Living in Portland, you're probably used to ales as they rule the beer scene around here. Part of being a beer geek though is trying and understanding different styles and many people are still unfamiliar with traditional German lagers. A lot of people in the U.S. are more familiar with lagers cheaply brewed with adjuncts like rice, often creating a very un-beer like substituion, and giving the style a bad name.

Treat yourself to the real deal over at Rheinlander tonight and tomorrow: Bier, wurst, pretzels, dancing, and yes, dirndls!

More information from the press release:

Dust off your lederhosen and follow that dirndl to Oktoberfest! Der Rheinlander German Restaurant and Gustav’s Bier Stube on NE Sandy and 50th will be celebrating Oktoberfest Friday, September 24th and Saturday September 25th, 2010 from 5p-10p; featuring live Oktoberfest music, dancing, and biers imported from Munich, Germany. A $2 donation at the door will be made to Northwest Down Syndrome Association.

The original Oktoberfest, celebrating the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Theresa, was held in Munich, Germany on October 18, 1810. 200 years later Der Rheinlander & Gustav’s continues to honor that tradition. Modeled after the Munich event, an Outside Beer Garden Tent will be featured complete with costume and eating contests, a variety of authentic German Oktoberfest brews and dancing to live music. In addition to this event, Der Rheinlander & Gustav’s is proudly supporting the NWDSA and their 12th annual Buddy Walk which takes place at the Rose Quarter Commons on Saturday, September 25th from 10a-1p. Together with the National Down Syndrome Society, the NWDSA has been bringing together families, professionals, and individuals touched by Down syndrome every fall since 1999. The Gustav’s Pub and Grill locations in Clackamas, Tigard and Vancouver, will feature a special Oktoberfest menu and live accordion entertainment in celebration of Oktoberfest.

Let the mood be festive and appetite be hearty to make this a memorable Oktoberfest celebration!

About Rheinlander German Restaurant and Gustav’s Bier Stube Der Rheinlander was created in 1963 by Horst Mager, who was born and raised in the Rhine Valley, to provide an example of what one might experience should you make a visit to his native land. He vision was to provide exceptional food, tasty drinks and fun; a tradition carried on today by his daughter, Suzeanne Mager. Gustav’s, offering a more casual atmosphere, first opened in 1992. Three additional locations have since opened in Clackamas, Tigard and Vancouver. Gustav’s serves a mouth-watering German menu of authentic scratch-recipes made from fresh ingredients. The staff is knowledgeable and committed to providing outstanding service. For more information about der Rheinlander and Gustav’s Bier Stube and Gustav’s Pub & Grills, visit www.rheinlander.com and www.gustavs.net.

About Northwest Down Syndrome Association The NWDSA mission is to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with Down syndrome. The NWDSA will accomplish this mission by empowering and supporting families and individuals who have been touched by Down syndrome. We will work to increase education, promote public understanding and acceptance, work toward full inclusion, and defend the civil rights of individuals with Down syndrome. Our vision also embraces professionals and the cross disability community. Our statement of values is the core of our organization and the basis for how we make decisions to support our mission. We believe that relationships are the cornerstones of our organization and that they should be both honored and nurtured. For more information www.nwdsa.org.