Seattle has a few restaurants and pop-ups offering beer and Bavarian food for pickup or limited dine-in service. | Shutterstock
Brats, beer, and beyond
In Washington, Oktoberfest — the weeks-long Bavarian beer and brat-fueled celebration that takes place each fall — will be a bit more muted this year. Due to COVID-19 measures, the European-style village Leavenworth has already canceled its 2020 event, while cities closer to home (such as Kirkland) followed suit. But that doesn’t mean one can’t celebrate at home with some sausages and German lagers. Here are a few places around Seattle offering some solid Oktoberfest meals for takeout or delivery.
Chef Eric Rivera always seems to have something new cooking at his Ballard restaurant, no matter the holiday, and Oktoberfest is no exception. On his special “Beer Hall” menu are items such as bratwurst, pretzels, sauerbraten over egg noodles, and a half gallon of the Oktoberfest selection from the Snoqualmie Pass brewery Dru Bru. There’s even a glass boot included, as well as a Zoom link to a virtual beer hall October 17. Cost is $75 and the package feeds two people.
South Lake Union’s Bavarian-influenced pub feels like Oktoberfest all year ‘round, but is stepping things up a notch this fall. There are to-go kits for $65 that include giant pretzel with obatzda (a soft cheese accompaniment), a growler filled with Weihenstephan’s Festbier, glasses, Jagermeister mini bottles, and other surprises. The bar is also open for limited dine-in service, and belongs to the same ownership group as Prost! in Phinney Ridge, which has similar offerings.
Giant pretzels with dipping sauces, and rich Oktoberfest brews are on the docket at this popular West Seattle beer destination. The bar will then make the transition right into fresh hops season for the end of September into October, with wet hop beers on tap from Cloudburst Brewing, Reuben’s, Skookum, and others.
Queen Anne Beer Hall
This cavernous bar in Lower Queen Anne is known has gained a reputation as an all-year sports watching destination, but its food is certainly appropriate for the fall season, including a wild boar goulash, a selection of grilled sausages, and pretzel Knödel served with vegetables and pork. The German beers are available in cans and bottles to go, plus there are bloody marys and blood orange mimosa cocktail kits for the brunch crowd.
This beer hall has locations in Tacoma and Leavenworth, but the Capitol Hill spot is a lot closer for Seattleites who want the full Oktoberfest experience. The food includes a wide selection of wursts, crispy spatzel, and schnitzel, and the bar has recently offered free pretzels for those who arrive wearing lederhosen or dirndl. There’s a takeout menu and outdoor seating on the spacious biergarten available.
This new pop-up on the roof of the Fremont Foundry — an event space that usually hosts weddings — plans to run on the weekends from September 25 through October 31. It will serve up bratwurst, beer chili, and drink offerings from the Munich-based Paulaner Brewery, which has roots that date back to the 1600s. All food and drinks are available either for dine-in or takeout.