The annual beer blowout that is Oktoberfest kicked off a few days ago in Munich, and although thousands have already guzzled enough beer inside the festival’s Hippodrom to earn “hangover of the year,” there’s still plenty to be had Stateside.
Traditionally, Oktoberfest beers (aka Märzens) are brewed in the spring, stored in cold cellars through the summer, and finally tapped in the fall. A sweet-and-toasted malt complexity is the style’s hallmark, countered by spicy Bavarian hops and a crisp lager finish—it’s as if they were brewed specifically to pair with brats.
If you feel left out of the October Fest activities because you don’t drink beer, don’t worry, cook beer instead! Whether it Guinness‘s loamy sweetness or the sharp hit of a pilsner, beer in some form or another lends its depth and effervescence to elevate each of these recipes.
Oktoberfest is just as much about hearty, warming German fare as it is about foamy mugs of beer. Host your own festive fall feast with homemade sausages, satisfying barley soup, and a decadent black forest cake. So, fire up the grill and fill your stein with our favorite Oktoberfest recipes. Let’s explore…
Venison Sausage Braised in Beer
With carrots, leeks, apples, and savoy cabbage, venison sausage takes on a rich, yeasty flavor when braised in lager-style beer. Click here for the recipe.
Adding beer to the batter helps the fish for these tacos fry up golden brown. Click here for the recipe.
Graupensuppe (German Barley Soup)
Klaus Weiler, the chef at Weinhaus Weiler in Oberwesel, Germany, shared the recipe for this classic barley soup. Garnished with sausage, it’s substantial enough to make a meal in itself.
Pasta with Spicy Tomato-Beer Sauce
In this dish, based on one served at Birrificio Italiano, a brewery and restaurant in Italy’s Lombardy region, the puttanesca-style pasta sauce is enriched with Bibock, the brewery’s bock-style beer. Click here for the recipe.
Seeded Rye Loaf
Steak and Stilton Pies
Spätzle with Herbs
This German dish needs a German wine, such as a good, dry Riesling.
See SAVEUR’s recommended Light-bodied White Wines. Click here for the recipe.
Beef and Guinness Pie
Mixed Green Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte(Black Forest Cake)
Spicy Guinness Mustard
Our favorite mustard recipe uses brown mustard seeds and Guinness beer (which lends a malty character and hints of sweetness). Click here for the recipe.
Grilled Bratwurst with Shoestring Gremolata Fries
Pickled cauliflower, spiced with coriander, turmeric, mustard seeds, and bay leaf, is a great accompaniment to grilled bratwurst. It also makes a fine partner for grilled pork chops. Click here for the recipe.
In this dish, fresh blue crabs are steamed in a flavorful mixture of chile, garlic, lime, and beer. Click here for the recipe.
- October Fest For Me (dlilstar.wordpress.com)
- Today’s Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competitions (tmrzoo.com)
- Oktoberfest celebrated by than 6 million descending Munich (guardianlv.com)
- Samuel Adams setting world record for largest simultaneous toast (boston.com)
- GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to Troy’s Riverfront Rocktoberfest tickets every hour on Thursday (troyrecord.com)