Like many other American cities, Baltimore celebrates Oktoberfest this month. In addition to backyard gatherings fueled with home-brews, area restaurants open their taps and bring on the oompah bands. Next Saturday a crowd will squeeze into the Timonium Fairgrounds for brats and beer at 9th annual Maryland Brewers' Oktoberfest, part of the 10 day celebration of Baltimore Beer Week. If form holds, there will be some daring dirndls and some women wearing lederhosen at the fairgrounds. This being America, as long as the beer is cold and the brats are hot, we will not be offended.