is kicking off Oktoberfest in German fashion tomorrow night with their third-annual beer celebration. Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold have crafted a five-course dinner menu to pair with brews chosen by local beer guru Patrick Lunn and owner of Gravity Brewlab Diego Ganoza.
Can't make it tomorrow night? Don't fret. The celebrations continue from Saturday through October 5 (Germany's actual Oktoberfest dates) with a nightly menu of German bites and beers.
Tomorrow night's festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. and cost $55 per person. Seating is limited, so if a five-course dinner with eight types of beers seems like your scene, you might want to reserve ASAP. But know what you'll be eating and drinking.
Before you even ingest any food, you'll be welcomed by two beers from Wynwood's soon-to-debut Concrete Beach Brewery, which will be on-site. Consider this a preview, so be there on time. The Oktoberfest kick-off beer dinner menu follows. You'll start with a German board of blut wurst, headcheese, duck smaltz, pickled herring, assorted pickles, and black bread.
This should go nicely with the
French German onion soup. Zapata's version has pretzel grilled cheese and smoked pork belly. A spaetzel or duck confit, roasted pumpkin, pumpernickel croutons, duck saft sounds quacking good. Then it's on to a potato rolled venison sausage with celeriac purée, braised walnuts and huckleberries, and coffee. After which you'll indulge in some "Schweinshaxe," or smoked pig wing, which is easier to pronounce. It's being served with barley salad, charred fennel, cranberries, and fat jack glaze. And to end the evening, German cookies with pumpkin butter, which is paired with Curious Traveler Jacko Pumpkin Shandy. Hmmmm. Tis' the season to have pumpkin. Not only will you leave with a full belly, but also some beer swag (or so we're told).
Then, starting Saturday and running through October 5, the Federal will celebrate Oktoberfest with a nightly a la carte menu of offerings along with beers such as Ayinger Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Harpoon's Pumpkin UFO pumpkin hefeweizen, New Belgium's Tour de Fall Pale Ale Fall Seasonal, 1554 Black Lager, Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin, and Brooklyn Brewery's Kriek Ghost Bottle 2013.
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Try not to drink too much.
The Federal's Oktoberfest five-course dinner pairing is tomorrow, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased in advance through The Federal's website.
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