German Sausage 101, Plan Your Own Oktoberfest Party, & More News

oktoberfestThe beer guzzling, sausage-eating, 16-day gluttony festival also known as Oktoberfest begins this today (I can't wait!), so get your steins ready. My friends and I usually go to a neighborhood beer garden, but we're trying something new this year and going on a Oktoberfest cruise down the river. Beer + boat will either be really, really fun or a horrible disaster. I'll let you know. In the meantime, grab an Oktoberfest-style beer and check out these links:

  • Knockwurst, Bratwurst, and Bockwurst ... don't let the same -wurst ending fool you. These sausages that are the traditional food at Oktoberfest are vastly different. Luckily we have Bruce Aidells, a renowned sausage-maker and author of Bruce Aidells' Complete Sausage Book to give us the German sausage 101. -- Epicurious
  • German beer might be my favorite type of beer, and it doesn't get nearly as much credit as it deserves. The Germans rely on simple tradition, which, in my book, is the best way to make something. But their beers cover quite a range, so here's a German beer guide to help you learn the differences between a light pilsner to a dark dunkel, and everything in between. -- Chow
  • Sausages. Check. Grill. Check. Keg. Check. Backyard. Check. Congratulations, you have your very own beer garden. That was simple, huh? Now, it's up to you to turn it into an Oktoberfest celebration. -- My Recipes


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