Every year, in the third weekend in September, the Oktoberfest starts in Munich, Germany. In September and October, all over the world there are Oktoberfest activities, usually featuring beer as well as German-style food and music. In the San Jose area, the following restaurants have special Oktoberfest events taking place in the next few weeks.
Downtown San Jose
Gordon Biersch celebrates Oktoberfest from September 13 through October 23 with an Oktoberfest-style beer, called FestBier. There is also a limited time menu featuring traditional German flavors with a few twists. There are German pretzels, sausage platters, German Kobe burgers, Jaegerschnitzel (pork cutlets with sautéed mushrooms), pretzel crusted halibut, and more.
Teske Germania has Oktoberfest activities, featuring “The Gruber family band” on the following Fridays: 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, and 10/21. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 11:30 p.m. Teske Germania offers an extensive German menu as well as four German beers on draft and almost a dozen in bottles.
LB Steak in Santana Row celebrates Oktoberfest from Saturday, September 17 through Sunday, October 2 by offering a special 3-course prix fixe menu for $49.00. The courses feature smoked trout, pork shank, and poached pear. There are suggested beer pairings for each course, which can be ordered a la carte. Each course on the prix fixe menu is also available a la carte, and the regular menu is available as well.
From September 19 through October 31, the Yard House will celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian Oktoberfest beers and three special German menu items: Pretzels and brat, bratwurst melt on rye, and bratwurst platter.
Beginning Sunday, September 25 through Sunday, October 30, Faultline Brewing Company will celebrate Oktoberfest with live, traditional music, German-style beers, outdoor beer tents, and special menus.
Finally, downtown Campbell celebrates Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is German food like, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, pretzels, and German potato salad, more than 100 artisans, and musical entertainment.
[Note: An earlier version of this post was originally written for Examiner.com.]