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Unread 10-01-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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Default Oktoberfest La Mesa/El cajon

The Beer garden has gone down hill.
I still had a good time running into people i went to high school and college with.
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Unread 10-01-2011, 09:23 PM
 
Location: La Mesa
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The last time I went into the beer garden at the La Mesa Oktoberfest they were only serving Lowenbrau, although that was a few years ago.

It's only about 10 minutes to walk down there from my home, but I usually avoid Oktoberfest in La Mesa. It's mostly just a street fair.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 03:43 AM
 
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Lowenbrau?? My god there are so many better German beers than Lowenbrau.

Anyway California offers beers that can give German beer a serious run for the money. In terms of variety there is no contest.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego
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What a wasted opportunity for all the great micro breweries to showcase their German style beers
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Unread 10-02-2011, 10:55 AM
 
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Will the beers at La Mesa Oktoberfest cost 8 Euro each like they do in Munich??
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Unread 10-02-2011, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego
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Will the beers at La Mesa Oktoberfest cost 8 Euro each like they do in Munich??
^thats horrid! even with the awful euro/$ thing, it has always seemed to me drinking the local beverage (beer, booze or wine depending on the county) has always been pretty affordable. I am guessing Oct Fest in Munich has far more tourists than locals, and it has been that way for a long time. That said some of those steins are so huge it might not be that bad of a deal after all.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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I think 8 Euros is less than we pay locally. Here it's usually about $5 or so for a small cup (4 of those might fill a stein size liter).

Back to Oktoberfest in the area, the only one I ever enjoyed was at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Since I don't care anything about drinking I would not notice the beers. If I went to an Oktoberfest I would be hoping to experience ethnic food and hear ethnic music, watch dance performances and see arts and crafts with a German folk influence. I have not been to the La Mesa one but that is why I would go if I did.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA, 91945
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The last time I went to the La Mesa fest was a few years ago. Basically, like many other San Diego street fairs (Little Italy Festa etc) it was completely homogenized and had more emphasis on street fair ( aka more filler like vendors trying to sell windows or crappy costume jewelry) than Oktoberfest. The ethnic aspect of it was more fashionable than authentic which probably has more to do with the organizers than anything else. I cant imagine they hired a consulting firm or did any due diligence to make it a purer version from which it takes its namesake for the October harvest.

With our local craft scene, I am working on getting a more modern version within the next 5 years as a platform for our breweries to have an Oktoberfest, San Diego style with food trucks and some local flavor like Coops. It will be popular, I am sure of it.

Regardless, kids seem to love enjoy both El Cajon and La Mesa, but I am glad to the El Cajon one is around to balance out the two.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Originally Posted by hitman619 View Post
The Beer garden has gone down hill.
I still had a good time running into people i went to high school and college with.
Which one are you talking about? those are two seperate oktoberfests.
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