The Beer Mugs Are IN!

Every year, PorktoberQue has a differently designed mug or beer stein for sale in the Fest Haus by the Biergarten. This year, we went with an Oktoberfest-style dimpled half liter glass stein with a combination of the dated festival logo and the Sam Adams Oktoberfest logo on the front.  Steins will be $12 each including your first draft beer. Draft refills in your souvenir mug will be discounted  (only on draft in the FestHaus) and you can pick from any of the draft beers we have (not just the sponsor beer, Sam Adams Oktoberfest.) The beer  steins are very limited (only 200 will be sold) so make sure you get yours early, as we expect to sell out again quickly! Last year, we sold out of steins in just under 2 hours. A photo of the beer mug we will have this year is below. We filled it up with beer and tested it out to make sure it works! (it does!) Prost! (cheers)

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Bratwurst

Our last post explained what Oktoberfest is, and we mentioned that we will have bratwurst for sale along with hot pretzels and draft Sam Adams Octoberfest beer in the Fest Haus (the large metal building at the Farm Center). Since then, we’ve had people ask what exactly a bratwurst is and here’s the answer:

A bratwurst, also known as a brat in American English, is a sausage usually composed of veal, pork or beef. The name is derived from Old High German Brätwurst, from brät-, which is finely chopped meat and Wurst, or sausage. Though the brat in bratwurst described the way the sausages are made, modern Germans associate it with the German verb “braten”, which means to pan fry or roast. Bratwurst is usually grilled or pan fried, and sometimes cooked in broth or beer.Unknown

 

 

 

 

There are different types of bratwurst in Germany, but not so many here in the United states. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about bratwursts in America, a c couple of neat trivia facts for you as well:

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Bratwurst is a common type of sausage in the United States, especially in the state of Wisconsin, where the largest ancestry group is German. Originally brought to North America by German immigrants, it is a common sight at summer cookouts, alongside the more famous hot dog. Wisconsin is also the origin of the “beer brat”, a regional favorite where the bratwurst are poached in beer (generally a mixture of a pilsner style beer with butter and onions) prior to grilling over charcoal.

The bratwurst was popularized in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin in the 1920s. In general, each local butcher shop would take orders and hand make bratwurst fresh to be picked up on a particular day. The fat content of the sausages was substantial, making daily pick up necessary to avoid spoilage. Some of the fat is removed as a result of the cooking over charcoal.

The bratwurst (or “brat”) also became popular as a mainstay of sports stadiums after Bill Sperling introduced bratwurst to Major League Baseball in Milwaukee County Stadium in 1954. The brats, which sold for 35 cents then, were grilled and placed into a container of a special tomato sauce before being served.The bratwurst were such a hit, Sperling said, that Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers took a case back to New York. Currently Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the only baseball stadium that sells more bratwurst than hot dogs.

Every year, during the Memorial Day weekend, the city of Madison, Wisconsin hosts the Brat Fest, which is billed as the “world’s largest bratwurst festival.”

The town of Bucyrus, Ohio (which calls itself the “Bratwurst Capital of America”) has held the three-day Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival annually since 1967.Rote_Bratwürste_auf_einem_Grillrost

What to Expect at PorktoberQue

Besides laughter, good memories and family fun, what should you expect and plan for at PorktoberQue? Here’s a TOP 10 list of things to remember to make your visit enjoyable:

  1.  No coolers are allowed in the gates. Sorry. We have plenty of food, beer, water and other items for sale, though!
  2. Bring a camera! For the Reptile Discovery Program, for the Car Show, for the “stick your head through a hole and be the PorktoberQue pig” cut out…. there’s lots of photo ops!
  3. Bring sunscreen for the kids (and yourself!) on Saturday. Lots of outside activities including the free inflatables, free putt putt, free car show, and loads of shopping— about 80% of the festival is in the sun. If you get hot, we have air-conditioning in the Biergarten.
  4. Yes, there’s beer for sale, but it’s still family friendly. It’s not a drunk fest, but rather a fun event for people of all ages and no one who is intoxicated will be served.
  5. Even if you’re 75 years old, you need a valid ID to purchase beer. It’s Alabama state law and we follow those laws and rules. Everyone purchasing a beer needs to get their ID verified and get an armband.
  6. Bring some money to purchase BBQ and great food both days! There’s also a People’s Choice tasting tent that’s an additional $10 on Saturday. Proceeds benefit NHS cross country program.
  7. There are a few activities for kids that cost extra, like the NASCAR simulator, the pony rides, the mini-helicopter rides and things of that nature. The cornhole tournament is also extra, $20, and you need to register in advance to get your team a spot.
  8. There’s no extra cost to go into the Man Cave and watch the football games or enjoy the fun!
  9. Admission is just $2 per person per day, kids 6 and under are free both days. Wear Lederhosen and get in free!
  10. There is shopping with a wide variety of vendors both INSIDE the air-conditioned building and also outside. Make sure you check both out!

PorktoberQue is September 27th from 5-9pm and also September 28th from 10-9. List of bands playing on two stages both days is above under the Entertainment tab. See you there!

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