Maryland brewer Flying Dog Brewery is slated to bring seasonal brews, pumpkin ales and other beers, a Glen’s employee said. The market will also serve German fare like beer soup and cabbage.
True to its name, “Dogtoberfest” will also feature a dog costume competition where pups can dress up in lederhosen and funny hats.
Photo via Glen’s Garden Market
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW) is set to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-4 p.m., according to a press release.
The event will feature mugs of beer from local brewers such as DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Hellbender. The party will also have German-style soft pretzels from Das Pretzel Haus, grilled sausages from 13th Street Meats, and sauerkraut and pickles from Number 1 Sons.
This year’s Oktoberfest will have “the same format as last year” but will include some new vendors and a special VIP tasting of the sold-out Heurich’s Lager, said Emma Stratton Bray, Director of Public Engagement at Heurich House.
“Heurich’s Lager is a limited release beer that is currently sold out, so we are thrilled to be able to offer it to our guests,” she added.
Der Germutlichkeits will play festive music during the event, Stratton Bray said. And of course, there will be dancing.
Tickets are $60 per person for general admission and $75 for VIP admission. All proceeds go toward the Heurich House Museum.
Photo via Heurich House
The festival will take place along 11th Street NW between Park Road and Monroe Street NW between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Saturday. That block of 11th Street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the festival.
As with any Oktoberfest celebration, beer and Bavarian grub will take center-stage, and Meridian Pint will serve 20 seasonal American beers, multiple German beers and traditional German food during the festival.
But the festival, co-hosted by the Columbia Heights Initiative, isn’t limited to beer-drinkers. Attendees can also enjoy face painting, a moon bounce, live music from a Bavarian band, a dog show and a charity dunk tank.
Meridian Pint General Manager Heather Kendrick said the Oktoberfest will go on even in the case of rain.
“At this moment, we’re waiting to hear if Tropical Storm Joaquin is going to rain on our plans, but regardless of what happens it will go on,” Kendrick said. “If it does rain, we’re going to focus on having a trop-toberfest and do our best.”
Photo via Facebook/ Meridian Pint
Oktoberfest — at least here in America — is a time to celebrate German culture and beer, and few places know either subject better than the Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle.
The historic D.C. home of German immigrant and brewmaster Christian Heurich, who built a beer empire in the District in the early 20th century, will host its fourth annual Oktoberfest this Saturday 1-4 p.m.
The festivities will occur in the garden of the house at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The museum is partnering with the D.C. Brewers Guild to supply beer to partygoers. All eight local breweries in the Guild will bring their best Fall- or German-inspired beers.
Emma Stratton, the events coordinator for the museum, says this is the second year that the Brewers Guild has sponsored the festival. She added that the Heurich House tries to highlight local beer as a way of connecting the past and present of District brewing.
“Oktoberfest is a really great way to showcase the beer scene here in D.C.,” she said. “Heurich was a member of the local brewer’s guild during his time, so there’s a nice connection to the museum
For those with an interest in beer that goes beyond drinking it, representatives from the Brewers Guild will also have an informational booth, and the museum, which documents the history of Heurich, the Districts most successful brewmaster, will be open for the first half-hour of the event.
In addition to beer, guests will also find Oktoberfest staples such as bratwurst, homemade pretzels and sauerkraut and music from German trio Die Drei.
This year’s festival will also include representatives from the German Information Center, a branch of the German Embassy. While the festival will feature plenty of opportunities to learn about D.C. history and German culture, Stratton says that beer is still the main focus of the event.
“We have many things going on, but the primary focus is highlighting the D.C. Brewers Guild members since Christian Heurich was a brewmaster here,” she said. “We always like to feature local breweries whenever we can.”
Tickets for Oktoberfest at the Heurich House are $60 and available online.
Photo via heurichhouse.org
With the change in seasons comes seasonal beer, and four upcoming DC events are giving you the opportunity to celebrate both. Be sure to check out these great beer festivals in and around the neighborhood.
The Second LivingSocial Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival
LivingSocial is bringing back its Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival this weekend (September 29-30) from noon until 5 pm at the Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street SE). The event will feature beers from more than 50 craft breweries and food from DC’s favorite food trucks. The festival will also feature live music and interactive art installations.
A $59 ticket gets you a five-ounce sampling stein to taste your pick from each of the breweries. Food trucks will be selling food separately throughout the duration of the event. Tickets and information are available on the event’s website.
City Dogs Rescue’s Barktoberfest
City Dogs Rescue is hopping in on the seasonal beer action (yes, that was a beer pun) with a fundraiser at the Biergarten Haus (1355 H Street NE) on Wednesday, October 17 from 7 until 9 pm. A ticket ($25 in advance and $30 at the door) includes unlimited .5 liters of select draught beers and the chance to win prizes in a raffle. All of the evening’s proceeds go towards City Dogs Rescue. Tickets are available online; additional information is available on the Facebook page.
Capitol City Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Celebration
On Saturday, October 6, Capitol City Brewing Company will host its 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Festival at The Village at Shirlington (Arlington) from noon until 7 pm. The day will feature traditional German food and beer and live music. Tickets are $25 and include a wristband, official tasting glass and ten drink tickets. The event is free for non-drinkers and children. For more information, visit the Capital City’s website.
Oktoberfest at Bar Dupont Keeps On
Last weekend was the first of many Oktoberfest celebrations at Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW), and this weekend, the party continues. The local bar will host an Oktoberfest party on its patio (turned Biergarten) September 28-30 with live polka music, Oktoberfest-style draft brews and hearty German food. For more information, visit the website.
Well folks, it’s finally fall (and almost October), which means (as our Borderstan beer guru will tell you) it’s time for Oktoberfest. Yes, Oktoberfest — that annual, German-born, month-long celebration of beer.
And this year, there’s no need to catch a flight to Munich to participate in the festivities, because Oktoberfest will be celebrated in Dupont Circle.
Starting this weekend (September 22), Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW) will host an Oktoberfest party on its patio (turned Biergarten), with live polka music, Oktoberfest-style draft brews and hearty German food. The beer will even be served in steins and pitchers to make the whole experience feel authentic, and well, more German.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Paulaner Hefeweizen
- Paulaner Oktoberfest
- Paulaner Pilsner
- Sam Adams Octoberfest
Traditional German Fare
- Wurst/Sausage with Bun
- Wurst/Sausage with Sauerkraut and German Potato Salad
- Raclette with Baby Potatoes and Pickles
- Pretzel with Mustard
- Gingerbread Heart
- Saturday, September 22: Live polka music starting at noon
- Sunday, September 23: Polka Brothers Band from 2 until 7 pm
- Thursday, September 27: The Continentals from 6 until 9 pm
- Friday, September 28: Liab und Schneid from 6 until 10 pm
The Bar Dupont Biergarten will open daily from noon until closing; food will be prepared on the patio on the grill during the weekends, and served from the kitchen on weekdays. For more information, visit the website.
From Rob Fink. Email him at rob[AT]borderstan.com.
Autumn is a season teeming with multitudes of things; from steadily decreasing temperatures to foliage dressed in evolving interplays of red, orange and yellow, it conjures celebratory notions bound to harvest and holiday. Not surprisingly, nature’s transition to winter also carries with it a varied collection of heartier food and drink designed to withstand such a change. Naturally, beer is no exception.
One of the most widely recognized autumn beer styles in America is what is now known simply as Oktoberfest. It is a lager beer style with considerable similarity to both Vienna lager and Märzen, which all exhibit a varying malt profile redolent of biscuit, deep, almost juicy caramel, and toffee. Broadly speaking, Oktoberfest is not so much a beer style as it is a cultural phenomenon.
Staged on an open meadow known as the Theresienwiese in Munich beginning in the middle of each September and ending the first weekend in October, it is easily the most famous rollicking carnival of a beer festival in the entire world. In the fall of 1810, Bavaria’s King Maximilian I. Joseph held a celebration for the wedding of his son Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and there has been a similar celebration every year since except in times of war or disease.
Recreating the German Classic
American craft brewers have shown a deft hand in recreating the German classic. Samuel Adams is the largest craft brewery to make the style, but honorable renditions come from the likes of:
- Victory Brewing Company (Festbier)
- Great Lakes Brewing Company (Oktoberfest)
- Duck Rabbit Brewing Company (Märzen)
Though there are other reputable examples, the above three are some of the best American iterations, with the Great Lakes version being my personal favorite. Thankfully, all of the above can be found in Borderstan at Whole Foods, 1440 P Street NW and Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor Deli, 1529 Connecticut Ave NW. Find an Oktoberfest gathering near you (don’t worry, you won’t have to travel too far outside of Borderstan) to celebrate this venerable German tradition.
Largely because of its malt complexity, Oktoberfest beers possess a plethora of food affinities. Anything grilled will have a natural partner in an Oktoberfest, whose toasty, bready sweetness will harmoniously latch onto the caramelized crust. Naturally, Oktoberfests are near exemplary with grilled sausages. Add a pile of onions and a bit of sweet mustard and you have a revelatory meal. Also, Oktoberfests are dry enough to be refreshing while it’s still warm.
I suggest you do as the Bavarians do and fire up your grill a few more times while the weather is still pleasant. As the Germans would say, Prosit!
Last week, I posted a piece from DCFoodies on Oktoberfest celebrations in the area along with a receipe for bratwurst and German potato salad. The receipe looks wonderful, but a bit… non-traditional by heartland standards.
Oh, my gosh. That’s not how you do it! I grew up in Sheboygan County WI, home to Johnsonville, Brat Days (yes, days are necessary to celebrate the brat), and an artificial drinking age.
The real way to do this is to slow boil your Johnsonville brats in vats of cheap beer, with onions (I have a secret ingredient, but I’m not sharing). After the brats have changed color, they go on the grill. While they are being served they go back into a beer and onions bath.
Ideally you need Sheboygan hard rolls, but they are not to be found in DC… a regular crusty hamburger roll will have to do. I think sauerkraut is weird, and the brats have such a great flavor, that a little grainy mustard is all you need.
I grew up in the Midwest, in downstate Illinois (it’s the equivalent, more or less, of upstate New York). Later, I lived in Chicago for 10 years. Home to millions of people of German or part German descent, sausages are important food group in the Midwest. This is especially true in Chicago with its huge populations of Germans, Poles and Czechs. Lots of varieties of sausages, including the German bratwurt or “brat” and different sausages of Polish persuasion. Some German delis are still operating on the north side of the city.
Until the last few years, the choice of brats in local D.C. supermarkets was disappointing, maddening. It’s gotten better with the influx of more sophisticated food stores. The DCFoodies blog has had some posts about upcoming Oktoberfest… so, courtesty of the DC Foodies, here is a recipie for brats and grilled German Potato Salad:
Bratwurst and grilled German potato salad
(Makes 5 hearty servings)
For the bratwurst
1 five-foot bratwurst (or 10 traditional six-inch brats)
10 buns (optional)
1 lb. sauerkraut (never optional when grilling brats)
For the grilled German potato salad
2 ½ lbs. of fingerling potatoes
2 dozen red pearl onions, pealed and skewered
6 slices of black pepper bacon, cut into lardons (1 inch pieces)
1 clove of garlic, minced finely
2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbs. stone ground mustard
6 tbs. canola oil
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. sugar
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Read entire post, with cooking instructions and a recommendation on where to buy your brats. Scroll down the page as this was posted September 22. Also, I have to tell you, Borderstanians, that I find grilled German Potato Salad a bit… unnerving. In the Midwest, we boil the potatoes until they surrender.
In my last couple posts, I have advised you people as to how best enjoy Oktoberfest in the comfort of your own home: this week, against my better judgment, I suggest you leave the house, and actually socialize with your fellow man. After all, Oktoberfest, in its original incarnation, was about celebrating life with one’s neighbors! Over these next few weeks, the DC area will be hosting a plethora of German-esque festivals hearkening the changing of the seasons. To my mind, these events fall into two distinct categories: kid friendly, carnival-style affairs (read: “Family Fun”), and beer-centric gorge-fests best left to the adults (read: “No, daddy is not sick! Now stop crying and keep your eyes on the road!”). Below is the full gamut of Teutonic tumults at your disposal: Choose wisely!