From polka to bratwurst to über-cheap pints, get a taste of Oktoberfest at these lively biergartens.
Angels Trumpet Ale House
810 N. Second St., Phoenix
The spirit of Oktoberfest is always alive at Angels Trumpet, where a giant chalkboard above the bar announces the week’s 31 rotating tap specials. The décor here is modern and minimalist, with concrete floors, open-beam ceilings and slick polished wood tables. But don’t let the bare-bones look dissuade you: Great care is put into the suds program, which includes nitro taps and a direct draw system that puts only five feet between keg and glass. Numbers three through five on the beer list are just $3 each during happy hour. Fill up with a tasty 10-inch margherita or sausage and onion flatbread ($7), washed down with a hearty hefeweizen or a $6 glass of vino on tap. Past happy hour selections have ranged from Don & Sons Pinot to Ironwood Brewing Co. porter and Phoenix Ale Brewery’s Biltmore Blonde. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tu-F.
3622 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
There are no cuckoo clocks or lads in lederhosen at this hip Old Town hangout, but the Bavarian zeitgeist shines through in a menu of schnitzel, Niman Ranch pork brats and microbrews served in steins. A mishmash of funky, wood-paneled buildings with patio games and changing wall murals, Brat Haüs stocks 28 brews on tap. Happy hour brings $2 off drafts including Delirium Tremens Belgian Ale ($8) and Reissdorf Kolsch, available in 6 or 12 oz. pours ($4/$10), the perfect complement to house meatballs ($5) and pretzels with beer cheese ($4). Bottled and canned beer, wine and well drinks are $1 off. Pair $3 BLT sliders with Trappist ale or be rebellious and mix chicken wings ($5) with a $6 glass of Bex Riesling. Though there’s no discount, the everyday $3.75 price tag makes traditional German potato salad (served hot) a worthwhile addition to your tab. 3-6 p.m. M-F, 3-5 p.m. Sa-Su.
5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
With a courtyard beer garden and servers in colorful dirndl dresses, this Bavarian eatery has been the Valley’s top Oktoberfest party haus for nearly two decades. The interior is traditional and homey – wooden booths and gingham curtains nestled among souvenir plates and other Deutschland ephemera. Happy hour brings half-price appetizers and German beer specials, plus an oompah band to break the silence on cool October nights. Chow down on tangy sauerkraut puffs ($4.50) and “Haus” cheese bread ($3.50), washed down with a $4 half-liter stein of Warsteiner Oktoberfest, a malty seasonal brew with notes of biscuit and toast. Imported Bavarian pretzels are a house favorite; pair the 5-ounce version ($3.50) with Warsteiner Dunkel or indulge heartier appetites with an $8 liter and a sausage sampler platter. 4-7 p.m. Su-Th.
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