The Luck of the Germans

On St. Patty's Day, everybody's Irish. During Oktoberfest, everybody's German. Ireland may have Guinness, but beer is deeply entrenched in Germany's very thirsty culture. They keep it simple -- malt, hops, yeast and water -- but there are thousands of brands, from light to dark, smooth to robust. We get the shivers just thinking about it. Revel in the spirit of Germany during the official tapping of the keg Thursday night at Addison Oktoberfest. The annual party coincides with Oktoberfest in Munich, complete with a Munich beer hall, polka, beer barrel rolling and beer barrel bowling. Oktoberfest is Thursday through Sunday at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. Admission is free Thursday night. Weekend admission is $5 to $10. Buy $5 anytime tickets at Albertsons. Call 1-800-ADDISON or visit
Sept. 15-18, 2011