Learn about the cheeses, beers and other foods we’re highlighting for Oktoberfest. And then… celebrate!
1. Butterkäse and Cambozola Cheeses
As suggested by its name, Butterkäse has a buttery flavor and appearance. The softness and mildly salty or acidic flavor is reminiscent of Muenster or Gouda cheeses. The texture of Butterkäse is smooth and creamy, sometimes nearly spreadable, and is often sliced and added to rolls and sandwiches or melted for cooking. Cambozola was invented around 1900. In English-speaking countries, Cambozola is often marketed as blue brie. Cambozola is considerably milder than Gorgonzola and features a smooth, creamy texture with a subdued blue flavor.
2. Schaller & Weber Products – Brats, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Mustards
Including bratwurst and other sausages, German-style sauerkraut, German-style pickles and assorted deli mustards. Founded by a German immigrant, Schiller & Weber has been producing authentic, high quality charcuterie products in New York since 1937.
3. Warsteiner Dunkel
Thanks to only the best ingredients this dark refreshes like a true lager beer. It has a rich smooth taste and a lingering slightly sweet aftertaste. The delicate aroma and extraordinary coloration result from a careful barley malt roasting process.
4. Hofbräu Oktoberfest
For Oktoberfest, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. It is an absolutely natural product; brewed from pure water, the best quality malt and exquisite hops. Offering 6.3% alcohol by volume and a clean, crisp edge, it is a vital part of the Oktoberfest experience. Hofbräu imports the same beer, from the same batches that are made for its own tent at the Oktoberfest in Germany.
Though it is not necessary to drink this beer out of a mug that is larger than your head while wearing lederhosen, you’ll find this lager’s unbridled festivity difficult to resist. It showcases the crisp maltiness of Munich malts compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops giving this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of summer.
6. Samuel Adams Octoberfest
In 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince’s wedding with a special beer and 16-day party. Samuel Adams’ version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel, creating a brew that’s perfect for the season.
7. SAINT Arnold Oktoberfest
A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet craft beer celebrating the autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening. Recommended pairings include crispy potato cakes, roasted turkey and spicy sausage.
8. Kühne Traditional German Barrel Sauerkraut
This sauerkraut is made according to a traditional German recipe which gives the full flavor. Ideal for as a side dish to smoked pork, crispy pork knuckle and to tasty sausages or as a real treat in fresh salads and savory casseroles. Sauerkraut is also a fermented food, which has demonstrated gut health benefits.
Abita Octoberfest (available September through November) is a German style lager. This full bodied malty lager has a copper color and is hopped and dry hopped with German Hallertau hops giving it a pleasant, spicy hop aroma that’s just right for the season.
A truly German import brewed according to the German Purity Law, as are all Warsteiner beers, in limited quantities especially for Oktoberfest celebrations. This special edition has a well-balanced, mild and smooth taste with a uniquely soft, hoppy aftertaste and 5.9% alcohol.lagniappe | October 15th, 2018