Grab your Stein: Some beer and food pairings perfect for Oktoberfest

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MILWAUKEE -- Oktoberfest season is back! Phil Kelley with Meijer joins Real Milwaukee with some Wisconsin beers that pair really well with German dishes.

Oktoberfest is in full swing! Originally meant to commemorate a royal wedding over two hundred years ago in Munich, Germany, the event is now a cultural phenomenon and has special meaning in Wisconsin, where German roots run deep. For a Gemütlichkeit of a time, Meijer experts are here to help on how to best pair your seasonal fall beers with classic German food. Grab your Stein, dust off your Lederhosen, and get ready to dance to the sounds of Oompah and Polka!

  • Sprecher Oktoberfest and Pretzel: 
    • To start, a simple and iconic pretzel is the best way to start any Oktoberfest celebration.
    • For a starting beer, keep the German tradition alive with Sprecher’s Oktoberfest.
    • I find it to have a creamy and lean, but toasty flavor.
    • And what is better than a toasty flavored beer than a toasty classic soft pretzel to go with it?
  • Lakefront Brewery Riverwest Stein and Bratwurst: 
    • Now while a pretzel is a great appetizer, when I think of an Oktoberfest meal, I think of a delicious bratwurst, like these.
    • Lakefront Brewery’s Riverwest Stein offers a hint of sweetness with a hop bite, a great match for the hearty, savory flavor of a Bratwurst.
    • Go ahead and enjoy the Riverwest Stein in a German Stein!
  • Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest and Schnitzel:
    • Another favorite seasonal beer of ours is Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest.
    • Leinenkugel’s has a variety of beers perfect for every season, and that’s no exception with their Oktoberfest beer.
    • The rich tone and spicy hop pair perfectly with the deliciousness of a Schnitzel’s fried and citrus flavors. The lemon is the perfect accent to this delectable dish!
  • New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest and Käsespätzle:
    • It wouldn’t be a segment about Wisconsin beer if we didn’t mention New Glarus.
    • Their Staghorn Oktoberfest has a rich, caramel malt flavor.
    • This German take on Mac and Cheese is an Oktoberfest staple. Staghorn’s rich, caramel malt flavor is a great compliment for Käsespätzle, an egg pasta with fried onions covered with cheese that features a nutty flavor and slight notes of fruit.
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