Oktoberfest 2005



The beer will be flowing at the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration, the largest of its kind in Santa Barbara. The two-day event features authentic Bavarian entrées, a 500plus beer tent with specialty German brewed beer, contests, and live entertainment. Sat., Oct. 1Sun., Oct. 2, 11ammidnight. The Brewhouse, 229 W. Montecito St. Call 8844664 or 8950533.

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by Emily R. See

Oktoberfest is more than an excuse to drink more beer (and spell October with a k). The Munich Oktoberfest is the world’s largest public festival, and began as a celebration of a royal Bavarian wedding in 1810. Merrymakers ate traditional Bavarian food, sampled the first fruits of harvest and the first beer of the season, and decided to make it a yearly event.

History lessons aside, it’s still a darn good excuse to drink a lot of beer, and no one understands that better than the Brewhouse. This weekend marks their second annual Oktoberfest, and the two-day celebration of beer also includes live music, authentic Bavarian entrées (like the recipe below), and lots and lots of beer, including Spaten and Hofbrau from Munich, and the toasty, malty Oktoberfest Bier specially brewed at the Brewhouse for the event.

Dust off your best lederhosen to win the costume contest, and bring your appetite for the Bratwurst-eating contest. The grand prize: a toast-worthy year of beer (sorry, only one pint per day).

Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest Beef Roulade
Serves 6
6 4-oz. pieces round steak, thick
6 slices dill pickle
6 wieners
1 c. onion, minced
6 strips bacon (uncooked)
2 T Dijon mustard
2 c. chicken stock
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 c. Hofbrau beer
salt & pepper to taste

Pound the steak thin until the piece is about 6 by 8 inches. On one end of each steak, place a slice of pickle, a wiener, and one-sixth of the onion. Roll the steak around the filling, and secure each end with a toothpick. Wrap each roll with a slice of bacon. Thoroughly brown each roll in a frying pan over medium heat, then set aside. Pour off most of the grease, leaving about 1-2 T in the pan. Add the mustard, chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Combine well, and return the rolls to the pan. Cover and simmer for two hours. Add beer just before serving.

Oktoberfest at the Brewhouse runs Fri., Sept. 30, and Sat., Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. until midnight. For more information, contact the Brewhouse at 884-4664, 229 W. Montecito Street, or visit www.thebrewhousesb.com.

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