On October 17th, 2015 Austin celebrated Octoberfest Texas-style at the 3rd Annual Austoberfest benefiting Foodways Texas and Hope Farmers Market. The event took place at the Austin Saengerrunde and featured German-style sausages, beer, contests, and musical selections from local Texas bands.
The all-you-can-eat festival featured German-style sausages served by fourteen celebrated central Texas restaurants, barbecue joints and vendors. Offerings ranged from traditional franks served by Salt & Time to highly creative sweet and savory apple pie sausage from Keenan Goldis of Smokey Denmark’s. A crowd-pleaser from Miller’s Smokehouse was a pumpkin-spiced sausage coated with powdered sugar, an unexpected yet successful combination. Another seasonally-inspired link was the pork and sage brat with pumpkin butter from Micklethwait Craft Meats. Their sausages are always handcrafted and are some of the best in Austin. Louis Mueller BBQ, Meyer’s, Stiles Switch BBQ, Southside Market and Kiolbassa served their signature house sausages alongside jalapeño cheddar. Shiner Smokehouse and Black’s BBQ dished out super crispy-skinned links that still retained an audible snap. School House Pub and Frank’s dished out currywurst, a popular snack with origins in Berlin that consists of a brat topped with curried ketchup. My grandfather used to worked for a German butcher, and the weisswurst from Stubb’s had me reminiscing about my childhood and sausages I grew up eating in New York. Finally, the only poultry sausage of the day was a peppery smoked chicken link from Hoover’s. While this seems like an extensive list, it is only a fraction of the sausages offered during Austoberfest.
Three Texas bands took to the Saengerrunde stage to provide musical entertainment. Minor Mishap Marching Band, a funky brass-heavy group of musicians kicked off the afternoon by playing their first song on the way to the stage. Brave Combo followed with rhythmic selections that incorporated an array of musical styles from polka to merengue. Finally Czech Melody Master’s closed out the afternoon with polka, polka and more polka.
Attendees wearing Lederhosen and dirndls studded the crowd. Many carried authentic beer steins filled to the brim with beer from local Shiner and Karbach Breweries. The Karbach Bier Halle was located inside and featured their Karbachtoberfest, Weisse Versa Wheat, Love Street Blonde and Sympathy Lager. The Shiner Bier Garten located outside featured their seasonal Octoberfest and Holiday Cheer as well as regular favorites Shiner Bock and Wicked Ram IPA.
Finally no good party would be complete without some friendly competition. The indoor stage featured a “best dressed” contest as well as a men’s and women’s strongest competition. The winner held a filled beer stein longer than all of his/her competitors. One lucky winner took home a kegerator from kegerator.com
I can’t wait until next year and the 4th Annual Austoberfest. Prost!
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