October means that we can have a day to enjoy delicious German foods and beers, plus you can add a little South African touch to your Oktoberfest. Stock up on German beers, craft beers or your favourite regular beers from Market Liquors to pair with some tasty dishes.
First things first – if you need to know a little more about the beer World, then click here before you continue:
Drink upon arrival: Flying fish or Castle Light
What better way to start than with a gourmet German and Dutch cheese board, with crackers breads and of course some German cured meats paired with some small glasses of different beers:
- An ale will pair perfectly with the aged cheeses, where as a
- Tasty wheat beer brings out the flavor of a feta or goats cheese (e.g.: Devils Peak Silvertree Saison)
- Indian Pale Ale (e.g. Jack Black Skeleton Coast) is the one to try with a blue cheese like Gorgonzola.
- Then you can enjoy Light Blonde Ale with some cured bratwurst.
Slow roast a hearty beer-braised brisket. This can be a pulled brisket and served in a delicious German pretzel roll. The rich meat and salt pretzel will pair well with a stout (e.g.: Castle Milk Stout). The deeper, heavier beer (like red wine) pairs well with red meats or if that’s a bit heavy then go with a classic Castle Lager. Also note that the hoppy flavours of a Hansa Pilsener will complement a tomato-based sauce.
Sweet apple strudel with Bavarian cream! Paired with a lager, like a Stellenbrau Red Governor which has a rooibos undertone, or a beloved Heineken.
Another dessert is to simply enjoy a piece of dark chocolate with a delicious coffee stout!
For some other beverage ideas using beer:
Radler: Mix equal parts beer and lemonade
Diesel/Colabier: Mix equal parts beer and cola