Octoberfest concluded its final weekend as beer lovers from all over the world had an excuse to celebrate the German celebration. The 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October and has spread its 203-year-old cultural traditions across the hemispheres for all to enjoy.
Known in its birthplace as “die Wies’n“, Octoberfest is the world’s largest annual fair. Originating in Munich, the Bavarian culture has instilled history into it’s brew, allowing just six local Munich breweries to fit the bill and booze up patrons. These breweries fall under the criteria of the German Beer Purity Law, making sure all beer is brewed in Munich with approximately 6% alcohol by volume.
Only the following breweries can serve Octoberfest beer:
- Staatliches Hofbräu-München
Now some Yanks might be more experienced than the rest depending on your roots or city, but as a token of knowledge and something to look forward to, I wanted to pair up some traditional Octoberfest brew and grub to look out for next year’s party.
1. Augustiner-Bräu and Spatzle
- Spatzle are cheesy egg noodles or dumplings. Its name literally means “little sparrow”.
2. Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu paired here with Obatzda
- Obatzda is a Bavarian cheese spread prepared traditionally with two-thirds aged soft cheese, a small amount of beer, paprika, salt, pepper, and options from either onions, garlic, cloves or cream cheese)
3. Staatliches Hofbräu-München and Reiberdatschi, also known as potato pancakes.
4. Löwenbräu paired with Schweinshaxe
- Schweinshaxe is roasted ham hock marinated in garlic brine and caraway seeds and roasted until skin is crispy.
5. Paulaner-Bräu and Knodel
- Knodel is large and round boiled or poached potato or bread dumplings that are made without yeast.
6. Spatenbräu and Weisswurst
- Weisswurst is white sausage made from minced veal and pork back bacon, usually seasoned with parsley, lemon, garlic, onions, and ginger.