Guten Morgan beer lovers!
It's no secret that we are big German beer fans here at Beer Merchants HQ. As such, we always look forward to this time of year as the Oktoberfest beers arrive and it’s usually time to party Bavarian style. Although with the current climate, and the announcement that Oktoberfest is not being held this year, we are working with our friends at Paulaner to bring the atmosphere, fun and great beer that makes Oktoberfest so special to you. So we decided to help you recreate your own Oktoberfest at home, as we don't want to miss out on the amazing festival spirit.
1. The Beer
One of the original Oktoberfest beers and also one of the most loved. Paulaner Oktoberfest is a rich, full-bodied amber lager with notes of caramel, cracker, lemon and soft, green grass. Despite being 6% it drinks like a classic German helles – ultra smooth with just enough bite on the finish to clean the palate. We have the perfect additions for any Oktoberfest fan, the first thing is the Oktoberfest at Home Mixed Case, which contains everything you'll need for the best socially distanced Oktoberfest ever. In the case you'll get:
We have also got the Paulaner Oktoberfest Can & Stein Pack featuring a litre can of the official Oktoberfest beer and a branded litre stein to enjoy it in. Alternatively you can fill your fridge with bottles of Paulaner Oktoberfest, what more could you want?
2. Authentic Decorations
Everywhere in Munich the Bavarian flag is hung with pride from shop windows and buildings; it adorns tablecloths, t-shirts, napkins, and nearly everything else you can put a pattern on.
3. Perfect Soundtrack
Any Oktoberfest playlist should start with some soft brass oom-pa-pa and slowly move into the best of German pop with a little Hasselhoff thrown in for good measure. Our friends at Paulaner have put together the perfect playlist for you to dance your way through the night. (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0uMpLItoZhaCXGz5vZfc9b?utm_source=embed_v2&go=1&play=1&nd=1&nd=1)
4. Traditional Oktoberfest Food
A key part of Oktoberfest is the food. It helps give us substance, and one dish is traditionally consumed at Bavarian Oktoberfest is the pretzel. Most typically pretzels are eaten with a spread called Obatzda, which is made by mashing pungent camembert with butter, paprika, and a little bit of beer to create a rich, flavourful cheese spread. Here is a recipe to create the spread to go with some fresh pretzels.
160 g packed camembert
1 tbsp. butter
½ onion, finely diced
2 tbsp. chives, finely chopped + extra to garnish
1 tbsp. caraway seeds
1 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. Paulaner Weissbier
Salt & pepper, to taste
Mash camembert, butter, onion, chives, caraway, paprika, and Paulaner Weissbier together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped chives.
5. Attire & Lingo
Dressing up is strongly encouraged, as is learning how to say cheers in German. Here are a few german sayings that you can use whilst you have your socially distanced Oktoberfest.
- Ich besorge das Paulaner. (I’ll take care of the Paulaner.)
- Noch ein Paulaner, bitte. (Another Paulaner, please.)
- Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa! (One, two, three, drink!)
6. In Good Company
Whilst we can’t all be at a Bierkeller enjoying steins of Paulaner Oktoberfestbier, we can still celebrate in good company via Zoom or other video calling apps. Doing so allows you to start a large, high quality group video call with your friends. Once you’re all set up, wait for the day to arrive, invite your friends and let the good times roll with a Paulaner Weissbier in hand.
We hope you'll be drinking, eating and dancing your way through the night, just like our Bavarian friends would be over in Munich at the same time. Although the physical festival won’t be taking place, Paulaner are holding a digital one instead. So be sure to take pictures and tag them #ShareYourProst and #PaulanerOktoberfest.