A Guide to Oktoberfest Beer and Bite Pairings
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A Guide to Oktoberfest Beer and Bite Pairings

Rebecca Wright
about 3 years ago

If you thought Munich’s famed Oktoberfest was an excuse for revelers to excessively consume alcohol for 2 weeks straight, you were right. Even though Oktoberfest 2018 has passed - in it's honor - there are still delicious ways to pair your favorite beer and bites.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to this rachous holiday, a tradition dating back to an 1810 royal wedding. Not exactly the scene you’ll find at William and Kate’s nuptials, but this fair is rich with its own beloved traditions. One of those includes the biggest must-have since over 6 million litres of beer are consumed at an annual Oktoberfest - rich fare to soak up all those pilsners. After all, beer is like fine wine. Okay, we know it doesn’t get better with age, but it sure performs at its best when paired with the right nosh.

Germans rank 4th in the world in beer consumption. Interestingly enough, they don’t even place in top 25 for liquor consumption, so it must be less about the buzz and more about the brew. 

Here are the best bites that pair with them.

Bavarian Soft Pretzel

A Bavarian soft pretzel is the perfect choice to wet your appetite and even better, pretty much all German beers shine with this plate. Weissbier, Dunkelweiss, Märzen, Pilsner… just don’t spill mustard on your Lederhosens!


Bratwurst stewed with sauerkraut - maybe the most renowned of the Germany’s dishes, we recommend enjoying it with Festbier for its approachability: full bodied yet crazy smooth - it’s basically what you want out of your wingman on this festive day.

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel is another wildly loved meal and easily pairs with a Pilsner, Helles, Märzen, Vienna lager, and/or Dunkel. We included ’and’ assuming you might consume more than 1 beer with your schnitzel but hey, you’re just being festive right?

Beer Braised Brisket

Dark lagers are an obvious pairing with a hearty meat, and of course Munich does it best. The toasty malt flavors of Hofbräu’s Dunkel won’t get lost with even your most savory brisket. Dare we say, this pair is a slam dunkel?


Maple-Glazed Sour Cream Doughnuts with Sugared Streusel - Blue Moon’s Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale gives doughnuts and streusel a run for their money in the sweet and rich department. This duo could put us over the edge - perhaps make this your last meal before heading home with your designated driver.

Now that you can partake in an educated manner and get the most out of your drinks and grub, break out your Dirndls and do as the Germans do. 


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