Sep. 21, 2015 | By Shawndra Russell
Kick Off Oktoberfest with a German Beer Dinner at Churchill’s Pub
October is around the corner, and in Savannah, that means Oktoberfest on River Street and an added dose of spooky with plenty of Halloween-related events you’d expect to find in one of America’s most haunted cities. Dating back to the first Oktoberfest in 1810, Munich’s Oktoberfest is now the largest festival in the world and has sparked imitation festivals globally. One thing they all have in common? Great beer and food. Now, Savannahians and visitors can add “German Beer Dinner at Churchill’s Pub” to their calendars for Thursday, October 1 at 7pm. Think of it as Oktoberfest Eve before the official 2-day event begins.
Guests will indulge in a 4-course menu specially created by Head Chef Mike DeMarco, a former Hell’s Kitchen contestant. For $59 per person, which includes a commemorative glass, the menu will be:
- Welcome Beer: Pinkus Munster Alt
- Starter: Cheddar and Ale soup served with a Bavarian pretzel crouton paired with Ayinger Brau-Weisse
- Appetizer: Herb & potato dumpling, grilled bratwurst, caramelized onion and apple-braised cabbage paired with Ayinger Oktoberfest
- Entrée: Applewood smoked pork loin with a molasses glaze, smoked cherries, spaetzli, and sautéed kale paired with Aykinger Celebrator Dopplebock
- Dessert: Apple & Fig Streusel served with pumpkin ice cream
Each course was expertly paired with a German beer courtesy of Rob Nelson of Merchant Du Vin. Nelson will be taking guests through the history of each beer and the brewing techniques that constitute the Hefeweizen, Marzen, Dopplebock, and Alt biers Germany is famous for producing.
Owner Andy Holmes, who was born and raised in England, has experienced Munich’s Oktoberfest twice and wanted to create his own homage to the long-held celebration. “I only remember the first few hours!” Holmes laughs, “and I was most impressed by the ladies who could carry about 10 litres of beer to a table then down one of them before doing it again.”
The event is being held in Churchill’s event space upstairs, 10 Downing. Mostly used for weddings, this intimate, more upscale space will provide the backdrop to what Holmes promises to be a “lovely evening.” His goal is to start having beer dinners like this one “every season to feature different countries and breweries,” he explains.
Seats are limited, so call 912-232-8501 or visit the restaurant located at 13 W. Bay Street to reserve your spot today.
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Shawndra writes about travel and craft beer when she’s not creating content for businesses. Her Pinterest is filled with future adventures, and her down time is spent writing fiction and playing outside.