The annual Oktoberfest in Munich has ended, but we can celebrate the season’s greatest food and beers for months to come. You don’t have to go all the way to Germany to enjoy a warm Bavarian brezel or a flavorful festbier. Eat, drink, and revel in a little bit of German tradition at home! Whether you’re hosting your own belated Oktoberfest get-together or you’re looking to switch up the usual keg-and-wings menu of your tailgates, I promise that taking some tips from this 202-year-old food and beer festival will give you and your friends one of the best—or should I say wurst—experiences of your lives.
- 12 pretzel buns (click for recipe) or other slider buns
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 large onion, sliced thin
- 1 bottle German lager
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 bag (10 oz) cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¼ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup German lager
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Hot sauce and Worcestershire to taste
- 6-10 pre-cooked bratwursts cut into fourths
- Add thinly sliced onions and about a tablespoon of butter to a medium-sized frying pan.
- Sauté the onions until soft and translucent.
- Add sugar, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and pour in your entire bottle of beer.
- Cook over medium heat until the onions caramelize and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Scoop onions into a bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Add sliced bratwurst to your pan, sauté on medium until the skin has slightly crisped in spots.
- As the bratwurst cooks, mix both cheeses and flour in a medium-sized bowl.
- In a small saucepan, bring a cup of lager to a boil. Add minced garlic.
- Bring the heat down to simmer and add cheese mixture slowly. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon to melt the cheese evenly.
- After the cheese is completely melted, add a tablespoon of brown mustard and a few drops of each hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
- Serve bratwurst, warm beer cheese, and onions on rolls and enjoy!
Get the full experience by serving these German beers to your friends with the sliders. These are readily available and affordable beers, so you don’t have to go wild searching or break the bank to add these 3 Deutschland delights to your next get-together.
Paulaner Original Munich Lager
I used this lager to make the sliders, and served them with it as well. My friends and family have very different tastes, but all agreed that this easy-to-drink beer will find its way from the fatherland into our fridges on many more occasions.
Appearance: Coppery-yellow toned with a foamy white head that lingers nicely
Smell: Bready, slightly hoppy, and a subtle fruitiness
Taste: Sweet breadiness, hint of toasty malt flavors and floral hops, and a slight citrusy tang
Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp
Drinkability: Remarkably drinkable for any time of year
Featured in Adrian Tierney-Jones’ book, 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse has been boasted by many beer connoisseurs as one of their absolute favorite Hefeweizens. It currently tops my list.
Appearance: Cloudy deep golden color and a foamy, creamy-white head which laces the glass
Smell: Almost identical to the smell of freshly baked banana bread, but with bubblegum and a twist of citrus
Taste: True to the nose. Orange, lemon, and banana flavors accent the perfect balance of malts and European hops in this bready beer
Mouthfeel: Smooth with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Easy to drink several in one sitting
Yes, this is a lager, even though I already recommended Paulaner Original Munich Lager. Weihenstephaner is just so good, it had to make the cut. I don’t think you’ll mind after you take a sip.
Appearance: Clear golden color with a fluffy, light, white head which shrinks into thin layer
Smell: Citrus, herbal, and spicy aromas and sweet malts highlight the classic German lager nose
Taste: Biscuit malt with a gentle kick of hops and faint lemony flavor
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, and moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Refreshing and tasty. Make sure to buy plenty because these go down easy
What’s your favorite German beer? How did you host your Oktoberfest celebration? Let me know in the comments!
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