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Our Favorite Fall Tradition (and no, it’s not Pumpkin Spice!)

We might not be bold enough to don our leiderhosen and dirndls this month, but over in Bavaria, our German brothers are sisters are doing more than that: they’re raising a pint (or several) to Oktoberfest, and that is a seasonal activity we can get behind.

First, it’s not really Oktoberfest in Philadelphia until the city’s best authentic German bierhall, Brauhaus Schmitz, says so. And say so they do, on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 12 noon,with a rollicking block party that will close down South Street with imported beers, live oompah music, face painting and much, much more. VIP tickets are extremely limited and available online; general admission is free, with beer and food on a pay-as-you-go basis. Prost!

Then, beginning on Thursday, September 24, visit any Iron Hill location for #IronHillFest, including the annual release of their signature Oktoberfest beer, plus a menu of German-style fare, including Oktoberfest Egg Rolls stuffed with bratwurst, sauerkraut, cheddar and green onion and served with stone-ground mustard sauce, or Sauerbraten Pot Roast marinated in red wine with beer-braised red cabbage, spaetzle and gingersnap gravy, available through Sunday, October 11.

Move over, pumpkin spice. Our real favorite fall tradition is here!

In This ProTip: Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street, 267-909-8814) Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (11 locations in PA, DE and NJ)

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