This past Sunday and first weekend of October, we decided to throw our first annual Hawktoberfest party in the 12th ManCave. It was a beautiful fall day, which was perfect for watching football, drinking beer, grilling, and playing a game of corn hole. Unfortunately the Hawks lost to the Colts 34 to 28, but fortunately we had plenty of cold beer on tap, so the party was a win. You may ask yourself, what do you need to throw a Hawktoberfest party?
BEER & STEINS
You gotta have ice cold German style beer. The Hawkeezer was loaded with a pony keg (1/4 bbl) of a Dortmund-style (pale lager) Oktoberfest brew from Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon. The beer was great and is 12th ManCave approved for all your drinking needs this fall.
SAUSAGES, CHICKEN, & RED CABBAGE
You gotta have sausages, lots of it and lots of variety. Try to find yourself a local butcher shop that makes their own links. In the Portland area, I use Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, which has been making their own sausages for over 80 years. I picked up some fresh bratwurst, bockwurst, and genuine frankfurters. I found the best technique for cooking links is by using the “Wisconsin Style” by simmering them first in a beer bath.
After drinking beer, eating brats, and watching football all day, a person tends to develop an appetite by the time the Sunday Night Football game is kicked off. That is were the Bavarian Chicken comes into play.
And no German party is complete without some red cabbage.