Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oktoberfest Beers & Wine

by Jim Lannen

As you may have read last week, this Sunday, September 20th, we will kick off our Oktoberfest meal. With a goal of preparing over 150 Oktoberfest meals, we will be offering up the Illinois Valley's most authentic German selection.

This week, I would like to introduce the beers and wine that will be available to wash down this wonder meal. Come out and enjoy one of my favorite times of year... good beer and great food!

Let's toast our steins the German way:

Hofbrauhaus Munchen Oktoberfest
Hofbrauhaus is a state-owned brewery located in the heart of Munich, Germany. It is one of the six ORIGINAL Oktoberfest breweries that is still mastering this brew each year. A traditional deep-golden lager with a creamy malt taste and a mild sweetness, it finishes with hints of licorice and wild honey. Paired with the German plate, this beer and beverage combo is one you simply have to experience.

Hofbrauhaus HefeWeizen
Back in 1602, Weissbier could only be brewed by ducal privilege. Hofbrau was Munich’s first Hefe Weizen. HofbrÀuhaus enjoyed this exclusive right for nearly 200 years, thus holding a monopoly on Weissbier in Bavaria. Brewed according to an ancient tradition, it is characterized by its sparkling rich foam and unforgettable refreshing and fruity taste. 5.4% ABV

Bitburger Pils
This light, fresh golden color pilsener with a rich frothy head has been brewed in Bitburg, Germany since 1817. It is a medium bodied beer that has refined, aromatic herbal notes with the unmistakable bitterness of the balanced hops. Everyone in the country knows this beer which has become the number one selling draft beer in Germany. 4.8% ABV

St. Antonius Kreuznacher Kronenberg Kabinett
This one will have a true German laughing as you try and pronounce it. A lot of fun can be had trying to get it just right. This a fresh, fruity light white wine that will finish off this Oktoberfest meal quite well. A product of Germany - home of the world's largest vineyard devoted to Riesling grapes - the Kabinett hails from the Nahe region situated between the Mosel and the Rhine. Kabinett is the least ripe of the spectrum, and wines in this category are usually light and fresh.

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