Serious Entertaining: Oktoberfest

Serious Entertaining

Seasonal menu planning for the perfect dinner party.

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival that started in September* and ends this Sunday. That means you only have a few more days to wear your lederhosen while drinking steins of Märzen beers! Here are some beer-friendly recipes for brats, kraut, pretzels, and more.

* Why isn't it called Septemberfest? I've always wondered that too. Turns out the very first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 from October 12 to the 17, so they stuck with that name.


Finished pretzels

Get enough starch in ya while glugging all those fantastic Bavarian beers.



Do brats taste better because of the brews or vice versa? Well, whichever, what's Oktoberfest without some sausage.

Roast Pork and Cabbage

According to our beer pairings expert Michael Agnew, the Märzenbiers taste so great with pork because the browning that occurs during pork-roasting tie into the toasty melanoidin flavors in the beer. The beer's malty sweetness also pulls out some sweetness from the red cabbage.

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