By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thursday marked the start of Oktoberfest in Germany. In Philadelphia, a popular South Street restaurant held its 6th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which closed the block between 7th and 8th Streets.

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Brauhaus Schmitz chef, Jeremy Nolen, started cooking at 5:30 Saturday morning.

“We have three whole pigs that we’re roasting,” he said, “and we have two different types of sausages, so we’re doing sausage sandwiches, roast pork sandwiches, and platters, so you can get potato salad and sauerkraut with it. And a lot of beer.”

Siobahn McAfee lived in Germany for six years and wanted to see how Philly’s Oktoberfest stacks up. The verdict?

“Really well. The guy who poured my maas (beer) for me actually spoke a little German to me, so I was really impressed with that. The potato salad is the best German, most authentic potato salad I’ve had in America. And the pretzels – pretty close, pretty close.”

Doug from New Jersey was asked what kind of beer he was swilling:

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“I have no idea. You just put a liter of beer in front of my face, and there won’t be a liter of beer twenty minutes from now.”

Jeremy (pictured above) brought his own stein, and ten-month-old son.

“He’s got the little beer stein right here,” Jeremy said. “I’m gonna put some apple juice in it later.”

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