The Texas Hill Country is known for its small German towns, and when celebrating German heritage, no place does it better. Sizzling bratwurst, craft beers and polkas will keep all ages entertained. So don your lederhosen and grab your stein! Prosit!
The Boerne Brewery is introducing a new seasonal brew inspired by traditional fall flavors. This sweet potato porter is made with yams and pumpkin pie spices but don’t be fooled — this doesn’t taste like dessert — it’s very much a beer with a background of sweet potato flavoring. Named “Geist der Berg,” or “Ghost of the Hill,” local artist Alexis Souza is designing the label based on ironwork at Boerne Cemetery, and an early-October release date is expected. Find it at all the local Boerne haunts where other Boerne Brewery labels can be found. If you want a sneak peak, they will be pouring samples, along with about 11 other local brewers, at Textember Fest at Kerrville’s Grape Juice restaurant, September 12th. Visit their website for a complete list of retailers.
Craft Beer & German Food
What would Oktoberfest be without German food? Beer and brats go hand-in-hand, so if want 12 solid hours of all-you-can-eat sausage, sauerkraut and German potato salad, then head over to Bestfest 2015 at Fredericksburg’s MarktPlatz on October 17th. The event is complete with live polka bands and dancing..
In honor of Oktoberfest, The Dodging Duck is bringing back their craft beer Ducktoberfest. This lager is an annual favorite that been around a while — and it’s no wonder — it won a silver medal in the 2002 World Beer Championships. Mildly hopped, this beer is on the mellow side, making it a perfect pairing to a number of beer snacks and German-style sausages, and its pale harvest orange coloring is perfectly seasonal. The Dodging Duck always has at least four of their craft brews on tap. Look for Ducktoberfest in early-October.
The Dodging Duck
German food, beer, artisans, kids’ activities and simple family entertainment make the 35th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg a fun and affordable event for all. For three straight days, October 2-4, you can sing, toast and chicken dance in true Oktoberfest fashion. There’s even a dominos tournament.
Another award-winning fall favorite is Lobo Oktoberfest from Pedernales Brewing Company. It won a gold medal in the Marzen/Oktoberfest category at the US Open Beer Championship this year. All the major retailers carry it so grab a pack before it’s gone.
Pedernales Brewing Company