In Germany, the Oktoberfest keg was tapped and steins were raised on Sept. 22. In Eastern Iowa, we follow suit this weekend and the next, and the next, and the next. Four beer-inspired celebrations are planned between now and Oct. 26, When the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library brings its annual international beer tasting back home to the museum. With that much beer to drink, we better hops to it.

Oktoberfest, Amana

WHEN: 9 a.m. to midnight Friday (Sept. 28); 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 29); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 30) WHERE: Festhalle Barn and other sites in and around Amana FEATURES: German food, music, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, kids’ games, contests, demonstrations, carriage rides, pet costume contest, plays, bike race, run/walk. Official keg tapping at 2 p.m. Friday. COST: $10 for one day, $15 for 2 days        

Northside Oktoberfest, Iowa City

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 WHERE: Northside neighborhood between Jefferson and Bloomington streets from Gilbert to Linn streets FEATURES: Friday: Live music and biergarten. Saturday: Brewfest with 500 beers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sodafest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Culinary Row, kids’ area, music, art vendors all day COST: Friday: Free; Saturday: $20 (commemorative glass, eight drink tickets) to $40 (limited number of brewmaster tickets); $5 sodafest; proceeds go to the American Heart Association and the Horace Mann Elementary Smartboard Program


Home Brew Festival, Cedar Rapids

WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 WHERE: Benz Beverage Depot, 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids FEATURES: Homebrewed beers form CR Beer Nuts and other Iowa home-brew clubs, food and live music. Free admission and homemade sodas for designated drivers. COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door


Brewnost, Cedar Rapids

WHEN: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 WHERE: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids FEATURES: International beers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium and elsewhere paired with hors d’oeuvres; wine and liquor tasting; non-alcoholic cider and root beer; live music; silent auction. COST: $60 in advance; $70 at the door