- September 14, 2016
Fall is a time for tasty treats, touchdowns and tailgates. It’s also a time to enjoy two of the world’s most popular beer styles – Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers. Malty, toasty Oktoberfest beers have just enough hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. These oh-so-easy to drink lagers – they are after all pounded in the tents of Oktoberfest – are perfect with tailgate fare. And Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale, paired with any portable chocolate dessert, will propel your parking lot party into the end zone.
AYINGER OKTOBER FEST-MÄRZEN & GRILLED BRATWURST
True to the classic Bavarian style, this full-bodied, flavorful Märzen lager has been winning gold medals at the World Beer Championship for over a decade. Last year, Ayinger was the “Top Rated German Oktoberfest Marzen” on Ratebeer.com. The caramelized flavors of the malts in this Oktoberfest beer are a perfect match for crispy-skinned brats.
SIERRA NEVADA OKTOBERFEST & PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a brewery in Germany to create a unique Oktoberfest beer that honors tradition, while advancing the style. Working with Mahrs Bräu of Bamberg, this year’s Sierra Oktoberfest boasts rich malt complexity, but with a noticeable spicy hop character from the use of Record, a nearly forgotten hop varietal. It’s perfect with pulled pork, as the meat’s saltiness balances the malt sweetness of the beer.
HACKER-PSCHORR ORIGINAL OKTOBERFEST & GERMAN POTATO SALAD
One of the six traditional Munich beers served at Oktoberfest in Germany, Hacker-Pschorr Original is rich and balanced with a sweet malt aroma and refreshing bitterness. Full-bodied and flavorful, this authentic Oktoberfest complements the savory flavors and vinegar in Bavarian potato salad.
DOGFISH HEAD PUNKIN ALE & DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE POPS
The OG of pumpkin beers began winning awards in 1994, when it earned 1st prize in the Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest. That was six months before Dogfish Head Brewery even opened! Sam Calagione, the brewery’s founder, describes Punkin Ale as having a “unique, vibrant, fresh, super-duper pumpkin-y character without being too much.” Decadent chocolate pops or any rich, chocolate dessert will balance Punkin Ale’s malty notes and brown sugar spices.
Recipe: PRETZELS WITH YUENGLING BEER CHEESE
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 4 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 cup Oktoberfest beer
- 12 oz. shredded cheddar
- ½ Tbsp. steak sauce
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add flour and mix until combined. Whisk in milk and beer and cook over medium heat until slightly thickened. Add steak sauce and dry mustard, stirring to combine. Slowly add shredded cheese, just a bit at a time, stirring well to melt. Continue until all the cheese is added and melted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve pretzels warm with a side of beer cheese.
-Adapted recipe courtesy of TurningClockBack.com