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You can’t think October without Oktoberfest. And you can’t think Oktoberfest without beer.

And luckily for us Chicagoans, the beer industry in our city is booming. In fact, six new breweries are expected to launch in the Chicagoland area before the end of 2013. That’s a lot of beer.

And as far as Oktoberfest goes — or OktoBEERfest, as we prefer to call it — these local breweries are keeping the German tradition alive with special seasonal beers that are perfect for fall. But get ’em while you can — just like October, these brews won’t be around forever. (Glass boot not required.) Prost!

 

Lager Town | Half Acre Beer Co. (Chicago)

Find it at their taproom and retail store, or at these other locations

 

Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing (Chicago) | Find it here

Find it at their brewpub and taproom, or at these other locations

 

Munster Fest | 3floyds (Munster, IN) | Find it here

Find it at their brew pub, or at these other locations

 

Oktoberfest Marzen Bier | Haymarket Brewery (Chicago)

Find it at their brew pub

 

Oktoberfest | Baderbrau (Chicago)

Find it at these locations

 

How do you and your family and friends celebrate Oktoberfest? Tell us in the comments box below, or send us a Tweet.

 

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