While traditional rollicking Oktoberfest celebrations are on hold because of COVID-19, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a seasonal beer, bratwurst or soft pretzel this fall. These Connecticut restaurants and breweries offer Oktoberfest brews, food specials and even a few scaled-back events, with safety in mind.
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City Steam, 942 Main St., Hartford, which reopened in mid-September, is offering an Oktoberfest menu through the month of October. A prix-fixe option ($30) includes a bratwurst appetizer with sauteed onions, pork schnitzel with roasted German-style vegetables and an Octoberfest beer taster, and apple and cider fritters with vanilla ice cream. Items are also priced a la carte for $6 to $15. 860-525-1600, citysteambrewery.com.
Republic hosts an Oktoberfest event at Bloomfield’s Auerfarm on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 5 p.m., The menu features pretzels with beer cheese, a trio of wursts with sauerkraut and German potato salad, smoked pork loin with roasted apples, onions and red cabbage; and apple strudel for dessert. Tickets are $49 (food only) or $69 with beer, plus Eventbrite fee, gratuity and CT sales tax, available on eventbrite.com.
Popover Bistro & Bakery, 928 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, hosts an Oktoberfest event with the Bear’s Smokehouse food truck Oct. 2, with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The menu includes beer-cheese drizzled popovers stuffed with smoked bratwurst and sauerkraut, loaded potato pancakes with pulled pork and smoked apples, a fall spiced apple salad and”brat attack” with pretzel bites and scoop of mac and cheese topped with sliced bratwurst. Cost is $20. The evening also features live music, Oktoberfest style beers and wines. 860-413-2392, popoversimsbury.com.
Union Kitchen, 35 LaSalle Road, West Hartford, which offers monthly “pop-up” menus, will offer a glimpse of its upcoming new restaurant, Wurst Haus, with its October offerings. Offerings include a giant pretzel with beer cheese and mustard, fried Camembert, pork schnitzel with red cabbage and spaetzle, Hungarian beef goulash and apple strudel. Items ($7 to $27) will be available Thursday and Saturday starting Oct. 3, from 3 p.m. to close. 860-598-8000, unionkitchenct.com/oktoberfest-popup.
Relic Brewing, 95 Whiting St., Plainville, hosts an Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 3 from noon to 7 p.m., with beer steins, brats and knockwursts, schnapps specials and costume prizes. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. 860-255-4252, relicbeer.com.
Stony Creek Beer, 5 Indian Neck Ave., Branford, offers “Docktoberfest” specials through Oct. 4, including its Literhosen Oktoberfest lager and food specials from the Naples pizza truck: soft pretzels with beer cheese and Dijon mustard and bratwurst sandwiches with sauerkraut and Dijon. 203-433-4545, stonycreekbeer.com.
The Corner Pug, 1046 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, offers a special Oktoberfest menu, with starters like seared potato pancakes, Bavarian soft pretzels and Gruyere dip with pretzel bites ($6 to $12) and entrees of rheinischer sauerbraten, Jaeger schnitzel, German-style baked cod with mustard cream sauce, and a Bavarian sampler with grilled bratwurst, steamed knockwurst, braised red cabbage and potato pancakes ($19 to $22.) 860-231-0241, cornerpug.com.
New Park Brewing, 485 New Park Ave., West Hartford, hosts a “Parktoberfest” Oct. 1 to 4, popping up a tented German-style garden with physically distanced table service. The food menu will include pretzels from Hartford Baking Company and a “Span-ish style” brat by El Pollo Guapo in addition to its regular menu available at the brewery. New Park has also released its Ma 1/4 u0308rzen, an Oktoberfest-style lagerbier. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 860-232-2033, newparkbrewing.com.
The Hops Company, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, hosts a scaled-back and socially distant version of its annual Oktoberfest event Oct. 11, starting at noon. Guests will be seated at tables on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event features a live DJ, brunch and giveaways. A $15 entree fee includes a one-liter stein of Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold Lager, or any drink off the THC menu. 203-734-1616, thehopscompany.com.
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