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29 Recipes für Oktoberfest

The 180th annual Oktoberfest is currently underway in Munich, in all its heavy, beery glory. But if you're not able to make the flight over this year, here are 29 recipes that will help you recreate Bavaria's most famous beer festival at home! More

5 American-Made Oktoberfest Beers to Drink This Fall

This year's Oktoberfest selections from American craft breweries seem to be trending a bit toward the traditional—a respect for the Reinheitsgebot and German ingredients popped up in almost all of them. These 5 beers may be brewed in the US, but they're just the thing to pair with traditional German fare as you ring in the autumn. More

Reality Check: Oktoberfest-inspired Fare at Red Robin

Judging from Red Robin's latest batch of limited time menu items, Oktoberfest seems to be a big event for them—but then again, they seem to tailor their burger toppings for every possible occasion. So why not go German? Not only do they add all things mustard to their special Oktoberfest burger, they make it a three-course event with a pretzel app and a beer milkshake. So in honor of Oktoberfest, I tried all their German-inspired specials. More

Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Oktoberfest Beers

With the release of seasonal beers being pushed ever earlier on the calendar, mid-August usually marks the appearance of Oktoberfest on the shelves. I even saw one in mid-July this year. While some will grouse about this seasonal-creep, I don't mind so much. I would gladly drink Oktoberfest beers all year long. Here are a few dishes I like to cook up when I've got Märzenbier on hand. More

Oktoberfest: More Than a Wedding Party

Munich's Oktoberfest began not as a beer festival, but with a royal wedding—on October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria married Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and Bavaria rejoiced. Everyone in Munich was invited by the Bavarian National Guard to enjoy the five-day party. The field in which most events were held became known as Theresienwiese, in honor of the princess. In fact, it was so much fun (and remuneratively rewarding for Munich's city fathers) that it was decided to celebrate the royal couple's anniversary each year in similar style. More

How to Brew Your Own Munich Helles for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is just around the corner. Polka music, lederhosen, and...What is it? Oh, yes. Beer! Oktoberfest is Munich's annual beer-drenched celebration—it actually takes place mostly in September, not October. (This year's party lasts from September 17th to October 3rd.) I have an annual Oktoberfest tradition of forgetting that it's coming until it's too late. This year is no different. Nevertheless, I've just brewed my Oktoberfest beer, which will be ready just in time for my own private Oktoberfest remembrance party in mid-October. More

Shake Shack's Shacktoberfest Menu

[Photographs: Robyn Lee] Since we like Oktoberfest, and we like Shake Shack, how could we not like Shacktoberfest? Until October 10th, all the Shake Shacks around town (except Citi Field and Saratoga Race Course) are offering special Oktoberfest menu... More

Serious Beer: This Year's Oktoberfest Brews

I set out this year to try some of America's best märzens. These beers are just the ticket for getting you into a fall mood. They're rich and crisp, reminiscent of cool fall breezes and rustling autumn leaves. Check out our recommendations—but also keep in mind that freshness is king. If your local brewery makes a märzen, check it out now. If they've got one on tap, order a steinful straightaway. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Serious Oktoberfest Eats

Culinary Ambassador ManuelSteiner: "When, 200 years ago, a Bavarian king held a luscious wedding, little did he know he would start a tradition that is one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions — the Oktoberfest. Today, it is less about royalty and more about, let's face it, beer. But even the hardiest German or most experienced fest tourist will need something to go with the specially brewed (and slightly stronger) festival beer. So if you want to build a solid foundation in your stomach, or if you want to be prepared for when the inebriated cravings set it, here is a quick run-down of what is and what may not be worth eating at the Munich Oktoberfest...." More

Oktoberfest Menu Guide

[Photograph: Blake Royer] Pull out the lederhosen and kazoos for Oktoberfest, the beer-and-wurst-honoring German celebration that starts tomorrow and runs until October 4. Here are some menu-planning ideas, most of which involve some combination of: sausage, kraut, and beer. Baked Apples With Barley-Sausage Pilaf Potato Salad with Vinaigrette Beer Bread Turnip and Potato Gratin Honey-Glazed Turnips Wedges Red Cabbage With Apples and Honey Sausage Stuffed Peppers Mustard-Baked Chicken with a Pretzel Crust Pork Chops with Braised Fennel and Caramelized Onions Pork Chops with Mustard and Sour Cream Sauce Kielbasa with Pierogi and Sauerkraut Sauerkraut and Sausage Paprikash Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits Black Forest Chocolate Cookies... More

Old-School vs. New-Age Oktoberfest Brews

Last week, the Gordon Biersch Brewery in D.C. tapped its Bavarian-style "Fest Bier" to ring in another Oktoberfest season. But what most people didn't notice was the more authentic bier on tap that didn't get a party. Although the scene felt Oktoberfestive, with revelers chugging down Fest Bier in liter-sized mugs—some boot-shaped, like in the movie Beerfest—the more traditional Marzen hardly got a nod. According to Gordon Biersch brewmaster Jason Oliver, Marzen is closer to what original Oktoberfesters drank in the 1800s. With heavy wheat and malt tones, the caramel-colored beer is named after the German for March, the last month when Bavarian brewers can conceivably brew. (Warm weather ain't conducive to beer-making.) Over the summer, the liquid ages in... More

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