Fall has finally arrived and with it comes the most Bavarian of holidays - Oktoberfest! But while COVID-19 has forced the festivals celebrating das bier (beer) to cancel, there's still plenty of ways to celebrate Gemütlichkeit (cheerfulness) on your own by enjoying food from the best German eateries and beers from the best breweries Dallas has to offer. Prost! (Cheers!)
Kuby's Sausage House has been a Texas institution since opening its doors in Dallas in 1961. This award-winning delicatessen features a variety of wursts (sausages) like Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Knackwurst and Wienerwurst, as well as schnitzels (breaded & fried). And no German meal is complete without potato salad and sauerkraut. Kuby's also features a European Market filled with meat, sausages, gourmet cheeses and European salads. While the dining room is currently closed, Kuby's is open for take-out Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
District 9 Draught Haus is the self-proclaimed East Dallas Beer & Brat Town Hall. Their taproom focuses on lagers from Germany, as well as local breweries. While many patrons go for the beer, it's the small, selective menu that's the real treat here featuring a variety of wurst sandwiches and other Bavarian treats. District 9 is open for dine-in, takeout, curbside and delivery. They're open Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Henk's European Deli & Black Forest Bakery offers dine-in breakfast, carryout lunches and a wonderful variety of European style cakes and breads. Featuring kassler (smoked pork loin) and various wursts, the sandwiches and plates will leave you booking a trip to visit the old country. Henk's is open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While bratwurst, wiener schnitzel and sauerkraut are great, what's Oktoberfest without the beer?
On Rotation Small Batch Brewery & Taproom features up to 40 specialty brews available for curbside pick-up in growlers. From the Black is Beautiful (chocolate cake imperial oatmeal stout) to the Red Beard (DDH double IPA), their selection is as unique as it is eclectic, featuring experimental flavors you may never come across again. On Rotation is open Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Community Beer is a strong part of the North Texas community and stands by their slogan "Beer for the Greater Good." While their taproom is currently closed, you can order their seasonal Hoptoberfest IPAs Eins and Zwei or any of their core, seasonal, small batch or limited release beers online and pick it up at the brewery in the Design District.
Peticolas Brewing Company has 16 fantastic varieties of brew available for beer-to-go curbside pickup while their taproom is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Indulge moderately with a Velvet Hammer, Royal Scandal or The Usual.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company (DEBC) is open and ready for business. The largest independent brewery in North Texas, DEBC carries nine year-round favorites and a number of seasonal comers and goers. While brewery tours are still suspended, the taproom and kitchen are ready to see you on Oktoberfest or any other time they're open. DEBC is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Header photo credit: District 9 Draught Haus