It sounds like the time Shaquille O'Neal drank too many brewskis, but in reality, Shacktoberfest is the yearly celebration of all things beer, brat, and burger.
Shake Shack's eighth annual Shacktoberfest runs from Friday, October 4, through Sunday, October 13, and is filled with all kinds of special-edition treats and beers, including a Shack Shack bier stein and sausages and brats flown in from Schaller & Weber, a New York City-based, family-run butcher shop that's been making authentic German sausages since 1937.
Shake Shack senior manager Greg Waters told Short Order that Shacktoberfest began organically as a small celebration and grew. "Our flagship location is located in Madison Square Park. The weather is beautiful in the fall, and we wanted to celebrate with a few special items. Each year, Shacktoberfest has gotten bigger. It's one of the happiest celebrations of the year."
Expect to see your Shake Shack decorated with flags and banners as you celebrate with Oktoberfest-inspired food and drink. Here's what's on the menu:
For $10, you'll get a stein filled with Brooklyn Brewery's Oktoberfest brew or a ShackMeister Ale. Keep the stein and bring it in during those ten glorious days for $7 refills.
A cheddar brat burger combines all good things under one bun. A 100% all-natural Angus beef burger is topped with a flat-top griddled cheddar bratwurst and crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce ($7.50).
Special brats and sausages include the currywurst, a Bavarian brat topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and curry ketchup ($5.25); Polish sausage served with German-style slaw ($5.25); Bavarian brat topped with spicy mustard ($4.50); and a cheddar brat ($4.50).
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For dessert there's a German chocolate pecan concrete, chocolate frozen custard blended with coconut-pecan caramel and chocolate truffle cookie dough (single: $4.25 or double: $6.50). Or try the apfelsrtudel shake, made with apples, caramel and spices ($5.75).