Prost! 2020 might be going a little differently than expected, but we’ve got an excuse to bust out the lederhosen and say cheers to Autumn! That’s right, the Concord Oktoberfest is upon us again, this time with a twist. Visit Concord is partnering with Concord’s local brewers and beer spots to put together a month long celebration: from spaetzle and sauerkraut to beer and brats, we’re telling you what you need to know for this year’s celebration.
In 210 years of the official Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany the celebration has only been cancelled 25 times, including this year, for reasons like war and pandemic. However, the celebration continues, Mayor Tim McGallion has tapped the keg and the beer is flowing all October long, O’Zapft is!
Month Long Craft Beer Celebration
It might not be a beer garden, but how about a Porch Pour Party? All month long, you can buy packs and pints from the breweries and tap houses in Concord and have a personal and safe version of Oktoberfest right at home. The packages are unique to each location and can be found at E.J. Phair Brewing Company & Alehouse, Concord Tap House, Epidemic Ales, and The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop. Plus, when you purchase a pack with the official Visit Concord Oktoberfest Pass, we’ll throw in a goodie bag of beer-based fun for the fall season (available while supplies last).
Concord Tap House
4-Pack of hand-selected, Oktoberfest style local craft beer
Large order of famous Concord Tap House buffalo wings
Small jar of Concord Tap House’s exclusive “Boss Sauce” spicy mustard
2 local craft brewery glasses
Curated 4-Pack of craft Oktoberfest style beer
Growler fill of House Beer
Choice of German style jäeger schnitzel, beer cheese pretzels, or jäeger schnitzel sandwich
2 Crowler fills of Schwarzhammer beer
Logo “can-style” pint glasses
2 Epidemic Ales sticker
Oktoberfest Homemade Soft Pretzels
Take your Oktoberfest Porch Pour Party to the next level with our Homemade Soft Pretzel recipe. These soft, crispy, and salty treats are the perfect sidekick to an ice cold brew. Pro Tip: These pretzels go great with Concord Tap House’s spicy mustard, Boss Sauce!
1 ½ cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tsp kosher salt
2 ½ Tsp active dry yeast
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup butter, melted
10 cups of water
⅔ cup baking soda
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp water
Pretzel or kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil. Set aside.
Combine the 1 ½ cups of warm water, brown sugar, and kosher salt in a mixing bowl
Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the top of the warm water and let it sit about 10 minutes until it gets bubbly.
Place your dough under the mixer, fitted with a dough hook, and add in the flour and melted butter.
Let the mixer run for about 4 minutes, until the dough comes away from the bowl and is nice and smooth.
Form the dough into a ball, and place in a clean, oiled bowl. Turn the dough to coat it in the oil. Cover the bowl with a tea towel or plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
When the dough is risen, grab a large pot and put 2 quarts plus 2 cups of water in it along with the baking soda. Bring the water to a full boil.
Retrieve your dough while the water is heating up.
Turn it out on a lightly oiled surface and cut into 8 equal portions.
Take one portion and roll into a long snake, about 2 feet long. To shape the pretzel, bring the ends up, twist once, and then again. Turn the ends down towards the bottom, and press the ends gently against the dough where it crosses.
With a slotted spatula, place the pretzel in the boiling water for 30 seconds.
Lift the pretzel out and place on the baking sheet.
Repeat the process with the remaining 7 pretzels.
Beat the yolk with a tablespoon of water in a small dish and brush the tops of the pretzels with the mixture.
Sprinkle with pretzel salt or kosher salt.
Bake the pretzels for 12-14 minutes or until dark golden brown.