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Boston's pop-up beer gardens and seasonal brews celebrate Oktoberfest all month long.

While Germany’s Oktoberfest celebration starts toward the end of September and goes until the first week of October, Boston chooses to raise a pint well into the fall season. From pop-ups to full blown festivities, here are a few ways to enjoy the best in beer around town.

 Night Shift Brewing

BEER GARDENS

Owl’s Nest Beer Garden is Night Shift Brewing’s answer to relaxing with a cold one by the water. Set along the Charles River on the Esplanade, this family- and dog-friendly space has communal seating and draft pours through October.

Cisco Brewers hosts a pop-up in the Seaport, featuring its award-winning craft beer and wine alongside bites from Southie’s Loco Taqueria, Luke’s Lobster and Flatbread. In addition to its extensive selection of beers on tap, this outdoor beer garden also features its new grapefruit session IPA, Gripah.

Charlestown Navy Yard

When you have access to a huge brick mezzanine structure overlooking the Boston Harbor, there’s only one thing to do—turn it into an open-air beer garden. The Anchor in Charlestown, located in the historic Navy Yard, is the perfect place to sip on local and international suds. You can enjoy the site (as well as family-friendly games and more) until Nov. 1.

One of Boston’s first outdoor beer gardens, Trillium Garden on the Greenway is open through October across Atlantic Avenue from Rowes Wharf. The brick patio, with communal tables, has become a favorite spot to enjoy the local brewery’s rotating lineup of suds and scenic views.

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s outdoor Brewer’s Alley hosts its final seasonal pop-up with an Oktoberfest theme. Until Oct. 26, it will feature autumnal brews from eight New England breweries and cideries, including Shacksbury Cider (Arlo Cider), Notch Brewery (German Zwickel Beer), and Berkshire Brewing (Life on Marzen).

Wachusett Brewing Company returns its Airstream to The Patios at City Hall Plaza. This transformation of the plaza’s corner facing Faneuil Hall is in its 25th year and WBC is celebrating with eight beers on draft plus the debut of its Scratch Cocktails Margarita and Fifty Trees Hard Cider.

Olde Magoun's Saloon

OCTOBERFESTS

Oktoberfest at Olde Magoun’s Saloon is a monthlong celebration of food, tradition and, of course: bier. Ayinger Oktober FestMarzen, Paulaner Weisn’ and Weihenstephan Fest might not ring a bell, but these German pours are on tap to try. Each Sunday in October, they feature a different traditional German roast, and on Wednesdays they have weekly specials, such as Jagerschnitzel, house sausages, sauerbraten and Bavarian Stew.

Beerworks, with locations near Fenway Park and on Canal Street, offers a wide and revolving range of handcrafted brews. The food runs the gamut from bar fare to fresh baked pretzels, poutine, jerk burger and roasted cauli tips. Seasonal specials here include PumpkinWorks, a malty spiced ale and a limited-edition Sour Pumpkin, with a fruity funk.

Cheryl Fenton
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