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Suzi Pratt
September 23, 2020
5 Ways To Celebrate Oktoberfest In Boston This Year
Because we all need something to celebrate at the moment.
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Fall, and therefore Oktoberfest, is here. While the official festival in Munich may be canceled due to the pandemic, you can still enjoy some sausage and fill some steins this year. Heck, you can even have some pretzel straws if you want. So whether you’re looking to commemorate a 19th-century marriage (which was apparently the original reason for the festival), or your present-day marriage requires you to have a logical reason to buy more beer, here are five ways to celebrate.

Have Bratwurst And Sauerkraut

Juliet, one of our favorite spots, already features seasonal menus, so it makes sense that they’re offering a three-course Oktoberfest meal for takeout. You can choose between the bratwurst with potato salad and the pesto spaetzle with braised radish for your entree. They’ve also got a well-curated wine list, so be sure to pick up a bottle while you’re there.

Or Some Currywurst And Smoked Turkey

Right down the street from Juliet is Bronwyn, a German-inspired restaurant that we think is really underrated. They’re still serving their great house-made sausages and spicy mustard for Oktoberfest, but they’ve got some specials like smoked turkey legs and beer-braised pork shank as well. You’ll also want a bite of the apple cake after dinner, whether or not you have room for it.

Drink Some Beer

Oktoberfest without beer sounds as strange as Belichick acting in a commercial - why’d you do that to us, Subway? In any case, there are plenty of German beers on tap at the aforementioned Bronwyn, but local breweries like Lamplighter, Remnant, Idle Hands, and many others are selling Marzen-style beers as well. Go for a drive, pick up some six packs, and don’t let Bill cut off your sleeves.

Order Pretzels For Delivery

Maybe you’re not looking to eat out right now, or you’re just content on the chaise of the new sectional you bought. You can still celebrate Oktoberfest at home by ordering a pretzel pack from Eastern Standard Provisions Co. The pretzels are individually packed and can be frozen for later, if you’d prefer to continue binge-watching Love Island or just want to celebrate Oktoberfest in January instead.

Decorate?

Eater Boston has thankfully made us aware of the Oktoberfest decorations available for sale at Karl’s Sausage Kitchen in Peabody. A number of supplies have already sold out, but you can still grab some pretzel paper straws and an alpine hat - all while shopping for encased meat. See? This year isn’t so bad after all.

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