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Guide to Oktoberfest in Myrtle Beach
Now that we are moving out of the summer season, local venues are gearing up to host their 2015 Oktoberfests. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to enjoy the yearly tradition of Oktoberfest! We not only have mild weather during the fall, but we have tons of ways to celebrate here in Myrtle Beach!
Be sure to put these upcoming nearby Myrtle Beach festivals on your calendar:
8th Annual Oktoberfest
The Market Common in Myrtle Beach will be hosting the 8th Annual Oktoberfest on October 2 and 3. Valor Park will be the setting for this annual event which draws both locals and visitors alike. The park will be filled with games, German food, a variety of vendors and of course, beer! On Friday, the event will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday it will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional activities will include a pumpkin patch, face painting and the self-proclaimed largest choice of Oktoberfest beers. A variety of German and fall beers will be available for purchase in both bottle and on draft. So, be sure to check out The Market Common Oktoberfest during your Myrtle Beach vacation for a fun time and unique fall beer experience.
Oktoberfest on the Boardwalk
Downtown Myrtle Beach will be the host of the October 10 and 11 Oktoberfest. Join this annual party with views of the ocean and enjoy the sounds of live music from various local bands. Stroll the festival area while enjoying cold and refreshing fall beers. The festival will include a beer garden, kids’ carnival, car show, petting zoo and more! Sunday will also feature Battle of the Bands Show Down where the top six bands will compete for more than $5,000 in cash prizes. So plan to head down to Ocean Boulevard between 8th Avenue South and Joe White Avenue for this fun Oktoberfest and an afternoon or evening of fun. The festival will run 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
Looking to grab an Oktoberfest beer while in Myrtle Beach beyond these festivals?
Check out these nearby local hot spots and shops during your Oktoberfest Myrtle Beach vacation:
New South Brewing
New South Brewing now has their Oktoberfest on tap through November. Try out this 6.1% ABV beer while taking a tour or fill up a growler before heading home. New South has tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. and is open for draft pours and sales Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Piggly Wiggly at The Market Common
This nearby grocery store has a variety of beers on tap at any given time and chances are at least one is a fall brew. In addition they have a variety of bottled craft beers for purchase. Stop by and you may find such beers as Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale, Ballast Point Pumpkin Down and Abita Bourbon Street Maple Pecan. While you can pick up cans and bottles anytime the grocery store is open, the tapping station has more limited hours and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A Market Common restaurant, Gordon Biersch will be tapping into their Oktoberfest beer, FestBier, on September 15 at their tapping party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In the meantime, enjoy their own great German-inspired beers on tap including Hefeweizen and Marzen and snack on a German-inspired dish like mini bratwurst sliders on a pretzel roll.
Mellow Mushroom, located near the Pelican’s baseball stadium, has a large variety of craft beers on tap at any given time. They currently are serving up a variety of fall beers, so be sure to check them out if you are looking for a large selection! Plus, each Monday they have New Beer Mondays including New South Oktoberfest on September 7, ShipYardPumpkinhead on September 14 and Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin on September 28.
Atlas Tap House
Fairly new to the Myrtle Beach scene is Atlas Tap House. Here you are bound to find more than two dozen crafts beers on draft as well as about 80 canned and bottled varieties to choose from. While their selection can vary, some beers you may expect to find during your Oktoberfest quest include Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy, Franziskaner, Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager and SpatenOptimator.
Located not far from the hubbub of the Boardwalk, Bumstead’s is a local’s favorite that often has a dedicated Oktoberfest beer menu in the fall. Beers you may find here include Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Shock Top Pretzel Wheat and WeihenstephanerFestbier.
Where have you found the best fall beers in Myrtle Beach? Comment below!
*Check with these local Myrtle Beach bars and restaurants to see what they currently have in stock and on tap as seasonal brews can be limited