German beer lovers, rejoice!
You don't have to book an expensive plane ticket to fly to Germany to drink great beer.
All you have to do is wait for one of the many events held by the local German club, Teutonia Mannerchor, to take place*!
Teutonia Mannerchor is a Private Club with Public Parties
For those who don't know about Teutonia Mannerchor, the simple description is that they are a members-only club located on the North Side that celebrates all things German heritage.
Anyone over 21 can join, of course, and all you have to do is pay the annual dues and be interested in their goal of “further choral singing, our German cultural tradition and good fellowship.”
As this is not practical for most, you may be on the outside looking in except for many of their seasonal events like Maifest and Oktoberfest where they pop-up a tent and open the gates to the general public.
Naturally, we were there for a recent Maifest!
German Beer, Music, and Food at Maifest
Maifest itself is to celebrate the arrival of Spring, and the event follows the fairly traditional patterns of all German celebrations- namely live music, hearty food, and flowing beer.
There is a cover charge at the gate ($5 in 2018) and you can purchase paper dollars to be exchanged for beer (starting at $6), German dishes like schnitzel or bratwurst ($6-$10), strudel desserts, and hang out listening to the live band playing both Germany tunes and others from pop culture.
You don't have to be German (or even pretend to be while wearing a lederhosen or dirndl) to enjoy this one, and all you really need is a love of good food, drink, company, and about $25 in your pocket to have a nice time out here!
Our only regret about Maifest is that you aren't able to go inside Teutonia Mannerchor while visiting. We hear it is beautiful but will have to try and get in some other time!
Teutonia Mannerchor is located at 857 Phineas St. in the North Side. Be on the look out for their Maifest and Oktoberfest events that are open to the public!
*Don't want to wait for one of the events to drink good German beer? Head to Max's Allegheny Tavern a few blocks away for a great German beer selection available all year!