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Celebrate Oktoberfest

By Dena Zigun September 29, 2017

From brats to beer and schnitzel to sauerkraut, the celebration of Oktoberfest highlights the flavors of fall with a European twist.

Enjoy a taste of this time-honored German tradition in the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to this celebration, the focus traditionally is the beer. And the key to the menu is that it has to pair nicely with beer, too. From Oktoberfest lagers to pale ales, find a wide selection of beer for the occasion at Roche Bros. in Downtown Crossing, Sudbury, West Roxbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley.

Get sophisticated with “beer cocktails” that capitalize on fall flavors. It isn’t a New England fall without something “pumpkin spice” on the menu. Blend pumpkin ale with warm, seasonal spices like nutmeg and cinnamon for a Pumpkin Shandy. For a beverage with a different style, stir a pale ale or Oktoberfest lager together with whiskey, brandy and the relaxing, floral notes of chamomile tea.

For the main course, serve up plump and juicy brats. Top them with sauerkraut and spicy mustard. Offer a classic chicken schnitzel, with boneless breasts of Roche Bros. Organic Chicken, pounded thin, coated in breadcrumbs and seasoning and cooked in a skillet until they’re golden brown. Or make pork roast the centerpiece, with our recipe for Brown Sugar-Mustard Pork Roast with Sauerkraut.

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without soft pretzels on the side. Try your hand at a homemade version, or visit the frozen section for an easy fix, and pick up some mustards for dipping.

Add a German-inspired potato salad to your spread, with smoky bacon and Dijon mustard.

End the party on a sweet note with German Chocolate Brownies, filled with chocolate, coconut flakes and chopped pecans.

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