Oktoberfest at Biergarten
Recently having completed their first anniversary, the team from Biergarten have brought us their Oktoberfest special. The festival began on the 22nd of September, yours truly got to experience some of the fine beer and excellent food the team had put up.
There are two new beers on tap. The first being a Marzen, which is a delicious, malty beer with relatively mild bitterness. I picked up mild citrus notes, almost like that of an orange peel, but no one else seemed to have. At an ABV of 6.0 %, this beer went down smooth and was my pick for the evening. (Even over their IPA). The second beer was a sweeter Weizenbock. For the Hefeweizen enthusiast, the weizenbock could be a beer that one could branch into. With sweet fruity flavours, and a higher ABV of 6.5%, the weizenbock is quite creamy and goes down smooth. I hope to go back and have a more detailed tasting.
The Oktoberfest menu from Biergarten is a shining example of the kind of great food the team is putting out. Going beyond the traditional sausage and schnitzel, the menu features some fabulous dishes. Dishes like the Blackforest Ham Sandwich bring together simple yet perfectly dry-cured ham, with veggies. Pair that with the mustard and you've got a wonderful meal. Dishes like the Sautéed Bratwursts with Bacon and Apple offer some delightful flavours with the sauerkraut. Even the Gerstensuppe, a hearty broth of barley, chicken and vegetables hits the spot.
My favourites would have to be the Schweinerippen and the Bacon and Sausage Pizza. The former is a scrumptious sinful rack of German styled spare ribs with a wonderful barbecued sauce. The meat was tender and came off the bone effortlessly, but what set it apart was the sauce. While there isn't anything quite German about the latter, it's delightfully sinful with the all spicy hot sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Desserts include the Blackforest Gateau, the Apfelkuchle and the Apfelstrudel.
The festival is on till the middle of October.