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Oktoberfest has officially kicked off in Germany and celebrations can be found just about anywhere in the world. Here are a few events where you can take part in the festivities in Phoenix this month. Oktoberfest at Pedal Haus Brewery With locations in Downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler, this locally owned and operated brewery recently launched a special Oktoberfest food menu and annual Oktoberfest beer. At Pedal Haus Tempe and Downtown Phoenix, you can look...

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The Sicilian Baker Halloween cannoli | Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group   All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Autumnal Abundance: It’s fall, y’all! And with this past weekend’s cooler temps, that’s starting to feel real and not just like a cruel calendar joke. Embrace the transition with seasonal specials from The Sicilian Baker including pumpkin pie cannoli with pumpkin-infused sweet ricotta filling (order as a special: large shell dipped in chocolate and decorated with edible pumpkins; available October 15-November...

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The Four Peaks Oktoberfest celebration at Tempe Town Lake has been going strong for nearly 50 years. However, due to a number of factors, the event won’t be taking place this year. There are still plenty of opportunities to don your dirndl or lederhosen and sip some local brew this season. Here are four beer-centric events happening this fall. Prost! Wickenburg Oktoberfest The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents historic downtown Wickenburg’s inaugural Oktoberfest event on...

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The weekend is upon us, and, if you’re still looking for something fun to do in the Valley, look no further than Four Peaks Oktoberfest, which is being held at Tempe Beach Park (80 W. Rio Salado Parkway) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11–13. Yes, the beer is the primary attraction at this free-entry, Bavarian-inspired event, but there’s so much more to experience, with plenty of choices for the whole family. Here are a...

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‘Tis the season for Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin porters. But Arizona’s craft brewers sometimes go outside that box to bring you other autumnal suds worth sipping. Here are five to try.

#1: SunUp Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
The only Oktoberfest beer on this list tops it by virtue of its perfect balance of crisp hops and lightly toasted malts. A medium-bodied, effervescent, eminently drinkable amber. 6.2% ABV. sunup.beer

#2: Perch Brewery Rosemary IPA
This golden IPA has a frothy head and a slightly hoppy nose but no bitter finish whatsoever. There’s a slightly spicy rosemary bite at the back of the palate, but so gentle it’s more like a nibble. 6% ABV. perchpubbrewery.com

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Dust off your dirndls and don your lederhosen – Oktoberfest events are here, and they’re bringing Bavarian beer, bratwursts and polka music with them. Of all the very many “Volkfests” in the Valley, here are the five most “fantastiche,” listed in order of occurrence:

Brat Haus Oktoberfest, September 17

Drunken competition fuels the fun at this fete – lederhosen and dirndl contests, a brat-eating contest, beer garden games and even a “Badass Beard Contest” will keep people whooping and hollering as they dance to a DJ and get their giant steins laser-etched and filled with fresh-tapped Oktoberfest beer. The food feast includes knockwurst, pork knuckle, giant turkey legs and specialty pretzels. $8 presale, $10 at the door. Free admission for wearing a dirndl or lederhosen. brathausaz.com