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Concierge.com's insider take:
The Vail valley's predilection for all things Teutonic climaxes in three raucous weekends in September. The first weekend in September is a more civilized affair in Beaver Creek with live bands, beer tasting, and culinary classes on the finer points of German cuisine. The festivities then unravel the following weekends in Vail with foot-stomping oom-pah music, yodeling, and alpenhorn-blowing demonstrations, a bratwurst-eating contest, keg bowling, and, of course, all the Erdinger Weissbräu you can guzzle down. Expect public drunkenness and bad singing.