Saturday, September 26, 2009

Oktoberfest At Slows: Recap

Whew. That was fun, even what with getting drenched. Terry's DJ stuff didn't have to get shuttled inside until after he'd played our O'fest favorites, the Scorpions. Draft dispense started off shaky, with some warm kegs combined with a cold plate jockey box, a sure recipe for foam. Fortunately, this being beer geek heaven, Jon P. had a coil box in his car, and the kegs were tamed, mostly. Check out these goodies:

Draft beer:

Hofbrau Original
Ayinger Marzen
Erdinger O'fest weizen
Weihenstephan festbier
Atwater Blocktoberfest
Schlenkerla Marzen (mini kegs)
Coney Island Freaktoberfest


Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
Avery Kaiser Imperial O'Fest


Cheese soup
Bratwurst, knackwurst, weisswurst
Red Cabbage
German potato salad
And the guest of honor!

This little guy was stuffed with sausage, apples, onions, and parsnips, and smoked all day. Chefs Brian and Mike pulled rank and ate his cheeks, but Mr. Cicerone was able to score a tasty morsel from his lil' smokey belly. Of course, he tasted wonderful with some Schlenkerla. The potato salad was amazingly good, so rich that I surely do not want to know how much bacon fat was in it. Not much point in talking beer-food pairings with this lot, as all of the beers are 'utility players' and taste good with just about any hearty food. Except: The Kaiser by itself comes off a bit overly sweet, but with the strudel, aww, yeah.

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