Oktoberfest began on September 18 and will end this Sunday, October 3. I am having an Oktoberfest dinner with beer pairings on Saturday night. It is the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig and his wife. There was horseracing and some beer. In 1896 beer tents were added and the modern celebration was born.
I found a sample dinner at the site, kitchendaily and modified their suggestions. The first course is sautéed cabbage with bacon. The beer will be a Spaten Marzen. Marzen is the quintessential Oktoberfest beer. It is lager, which is brewed during the spring – Marzen means March and then stored underground – lager means store – and served in the fall. Spaten is one of the oldest Marzens.
The main course is chicken schnitzel and German potato salad. The beers are Victory Prima Pils; pilsner is also a lager beer, and Smutty Nose Pumpkin Ale. Interestingly the Victory cost more than the Spaten, which is imported. I chose pumpkin ale because I thought the sweetness of that style of beer would go well with the potato salad, which has a vinegar dressing.
The dessert is an apple cake that I will serve with Left Hand Milk Stout. Stouts are made with roasted grains; this beer adds some milk sugar to balance the stout.
In planning the dinner, I wanted to have several different kinds of beers. I’ll let you know how it all turns out.