Best of the Fest

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: October 2015
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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.

PHM 400x400 FPO

Brat Haüs
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.

PHM 400x400 FPO
PHM 400x400 FPO



Haus Murphy’s
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.

PHM 400x400 FPO
PHM 400x400 FPO


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