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Monday, September 29, 2008

Shultzy's Oktoberfest Party this Saturday evening!


Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and come on down to Shultzy's this Saturday evening for our annual Oktoberfest celebration.  The party starts at 6pm, we'll be tapping the ceremonial keg around 7pm, and the fun will carry on until closing time.  We'll have liters of beer, bratwurst with sauerkraut, pretzels, food and drink specials, and lots of fun.  It's a chance for Shultzy's friends, new and old, to get together and celebrate the coming of fall.  We hope you'll be able to join us!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shultzy's OktoberFestival of Beers

There's a new feature on the right sidebar listing all the beers we have scheduled for Oktoberfest, which ones are on tap now (shown in bold italic type), which ones are coming up next, and which ones will be coming soon.  We're going to have at least 12 different Oktoberfest beers, maybe more depending on how thirsty everyone is, so enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Oktoberfest is Here!

The 175th Oktoberfest has begun!
Picture courtesy of Oktoberfest.de, the Official Website

Yes, it's September, but Oktoberfest has been starting in September since 1819, since the Munich town fathers decided that the weather's nicer in September than in October (the same is true in Seattle, for that matter).

We have lots of great Oktoberfest beers headed your way, offering a great variety of tastes.

Since the 1970s the type of beer served at the festival has been a pale lager between 5 and 6% abv, and the terms Oktoberfest and Märzen are used by non-Oktoberfest brewers in Germany and the USA to market pale lagers of this strength. The colour of these lagers may range from pale gold to deep amber, with the darker colours more common in the USA. Hop levels tend not to be distinctive, though some American examples may be firmly hopped. Modern beers sold as Oktoberfest and Märzen in Europe tend not to be too differentiated from other pale lagers of this strength, while older German and American influenced examples will be fairly malty in flavour and inclined to use a range of malts, especially dark malts such as Vienna or Munich.

Here's a tentative list of what you'll see on our Oktoberfest taps in the next month (in alphabetical order):
Alpine Oktoberfest (Oroville, WA)
Baron Brewing (Seattle, WA)
Bayern Oktoberfest (Missoula, MT)
Beck's Oktoberfest (Bremen, Germany)
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Hofbräuhaus Munchen Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Left Hand Oktoberfest (Longmont, CO)
Paulaner Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Spaten Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)

We may even have a few more sneak in as well, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed or this website for updates.

So dust off your lederhosen and dirndls if you're so inclined, exercise your biceps to grab those giant one-liter mugs, and whet your appetite for Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Pretzels, and the occasional Veggie Burger (it is Seattle, you know).  Oktoberfest is here and it will be our biggest and most fun ever!

Prost! (Cheers!)

Want to learn more about Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest (Wikipedia)
The Official Munich Oktoberfest site

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Our present from Germany arrived - an original Oktoberfest table!

 
We got a cool new addition for Shultzy's -- an official table and two benches from Hacker-Pschorr's tent at last year's Oktoberfest.  So, this year, you can not only celebrate Oktoberfest at Shultzy's, you can even do it an authentic German Oktoberfest table.
 
Hacker-Pschorr only sends out 250 tables worldwide, and we were very fortunate to get one.  It even came with a Letter of Authenticity that shows where our table was at last year's Oktoberfest (section 16, table 2).

Vienna Beef Pups are Here!

Just when you thought "Sliders"/mini-burgers were the best bar snack, here come Vienna Beef Pups, new on our Happy Hour menu at Shultzy's.

For photographic purposes, I had two Chili Pips and one Regular Pup.
On the menu, you have to choose between three regular and three with chili.
And check out the flourescent Chicago-style relish!

They're the same great taste as our Vienna Beef dogs, but bite-size. OK, two-bite-size for the more dainty, but we don't get too many of those folks in here. We steam them and then finish them on the Char-Grill to make them extra-tasty.  They're served three to a plate with sauerkraut, mustard, and relish for $5 at Happy Hour.  Yesterday, I had Chili Pups (topped with our own delicious chili) and they were even better -- Chili Pups are just $1 more than regular Pups.

If you llike "sliders"/mini-burgers, Pups or Chili Pups might become your new favorite.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Shultzy's now serves the "Iced Latte", but don't drink too many before work...

 
[Chris] Bowden made this one.  Very photogenic! 
Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, Espresso, and foamy milk served over ice.  You'll have to provide your own Starbucks cup.

Shultzy's new light breakfast combo...

... or have we just purchased the world's largest plate? 

 
That's two tiny pancakes, a tiny omelet, and two really tiny breakfast sausages.

Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing came to visit

Earlier this summer, we got a chance to try Left Hand Brewing's Sawtooth Ale and it was love at first taste. We became aware of the beer when through an article in the New York Times; they had a tasting of 25 bitters from around the world, and the best of them all was Left Hand's Sawtooth Ale, a surprise winner brewed in Longmont, Colorado.  After beating Fuller's and a host of ESBs from around the world, it was something we had to try. Since then, Left Hand's Sawtooth Ale has joined our regular rotation of micros on tap.

Last week, we were fortunate to have Left Hand's President, Eric Wallace, drop by for a visit.  While we were enjoying his flagship product, we talked beers and learned more about the brewery and its history ("Left Hand" is a tribute to Chief Niwot, a local Arapaho Chief whose tribe inhabited the "Left Hand" valley, between present-day Boulder and Longmont, CO).

In addition to having some more Sawtooth Ale, we have one keg of Left Hand's very limited edition Oktoberfest beer.  Eric explained that his is a "retro" Oktoberfest beer, more in the style of the Oktoberfest beers of 20 years ago than the somewhat lighter Oktoberfest beers of today.  Eric offered us the chance (perhaps jokingly) to come down next year and help brew our own kegs of Oktoberfest, and we're seriously thinking about taking a road trip to take him up on the offer.

Oktoberfest's start is only 10 days away, and this year Left Hand Oktoberfest will be up early, so don't miss it!


Eric Wallace (President of Left Hand Brewing) and Don Schulze enjoying a Sawtooth Ale.