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How To Throw An Oktoberfest Haus Party

Bring Munich to your living room with these Oktoberfest party essentials.

DAS BOOT

Photo Courtesy of beerfestboots.com  

Germans call it a “stiefel” (boot) or “damenbein” (ladies leg), but we call it “impractical glass footwear unless you’re using it as a beer vessel, which thankfully, we are.” This model is engravable and holds three liters of ale to share with your friends. Cold sores for everyone! 
$68; beerfestboots.com

SCHALLER & WEBER SAUSAGES
Using only the finest cuts of pork and natural, hand-blended spices, Schaller and Weber have been stuffing sausage casings for nearly a century — and shipping them to meat-lovers everywhere. Chef Daniel Boulud, who's throwing his own Oktoberfest shindig at his NYC restaurant DBGB, recommends braising the links with beer, bacon, and onions for additional flavor. Then pile them onto a large platter of sauerkraut, add seasonal root vegetables and potatoes, and serve with mustard. It’s the best wurst platter this side of Dusseldorf.
$8/pack; schallerweber.com

LEDERHOSEN
Step into a pair of authentic suede shorts to display your Oktoberfest spirit and pale thighs. Bonus: it’s multi-use for German leather daddies!
$253; oktoberfesthaus.com

DAVID HASSELHOFF’S “NIGHT ROCKER” ALBUM


Because Germans love The Hoff’s music as much as The Hoff loves drunkenly eating cheeseburgers on the floor, this is the only Oktoberfest soundtrack you need.  
$16; amazon.com

BIER

Photographed for Maxim by Ben Ritter | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2013


Here are five of our faves to stock your kühlschrank

Bahnhof Berliner Weisse
3% ABV
Brewed in Berlin, this wheat-based beer is sour-mashed overnight to give it its trademark tartness. Most Germans order it “mit schuss” (with a shot of flavored syrup) to cut the acidity. Without it, prepare to pucker.

Schneider Weisse
5.4% ABV
Six generations of brewing wheat beer has made the Schneider family weizen experts, and their original ale is proof: with a hint of banana and nutmeg, it’s the perfect companion for a sausage party. The wurst kind.

Warsteiner Premium Verum
4.8% ABV
A classic German Pilsener brewed with slightly tart hops and natural spring water from the Arnsberger Forest, home of magical beer fairies.

Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen
5.4% ABV
This smoked pale lager is brewed with smokemalt to give it a salty, charred flavor. It’s like licking Tony Robbins’ feet after his motivational firewalk.

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
5.0% ABV
The world’s first Oktoberfest beer is a medium-bodied pale ale that’s so traditional, it should be playing the accordion in an oom-pah-pah band

Reissdorf Kolsch
4.8% ABV
By law, a true Kolsch can only be brewed in Cologne, and Reissdorf plays by the rules. Drink this crisp lager through Oktoberfest and all the way into summer. It’s the beer that keeps on giving. 


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