Vertical Wine Bistro is “bringing Munich to Pasadena.”
Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig invited the locals to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, clueless about the historical significance of this invitation—the consequent conceptualization, the ever-popular and ever-growing spirited realization, let alone the fervent adherents this “autumnal festival of merrymaking and beer” would unleash.
This year, officially the 179th Oktoberfest, Vertical will celebrate with a special menu starting on October 5th.
Classic sausages will be served with toasted rustic bread and caramelized onions, sweet peppers, or sauerkraut. Imagine bratwursts made with fine cuts of pork and enhanced by the addition of coriander and nutmeg; vegetarian sausages consisting of apples, Yukon potatoes, and sage; and garlic and hot Italian sausages. Also on the menu will be Serrano ham, chorizo de Espana, soppressata, and saucisson sec by Fabrique Dèlices.
Of course, to go along with the meal, one must partake of some bier. From Bamberg, Germany, Vertical Wine Bistro offers Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbeir Marzen (say that quickly five times after a pint or two). England will represent with Old Speckled Hen, a pale ale from Suffolk; Barbar is a honey ale from Quenast, Belgium, as is Chimay Red; and the Emerald Isle of Ireland will coast with its classic Guiness.
California will be well represented by Eagle Rock Brewery with their Manifesto Wit Bier, Populist IPA, and Solidarity Black Mild Ale—those names sound like we should be celebrating May Day; workers unite! Arrogant Bastard Ale, dubbed “liquid arrogance” by its maker Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, rounds out the list.
Vertical’s take on Oktoberfest: Just “think of us as Hofbrauhaus meets fine dining.”
The AP reports that as of September 30th, Munich has already attracted 3.6 million visitors to celebrate Oktoberfest (the 16-day event is half over). Last year, 6.9 million visitors consumed 8 million 2-pint mugs of beer. This year, they are already nearing the 4 million mark, which may account for the local lost-and-found office reporting that they have on their shelves 300 wallets, 200 cell phones, 50 cameras, and two wedding rings.
We don’t think Vertical Wine Bistro has that sort of storage space, so enjoy a few pints, but keep one hand securely on your belongings.
Guten appetit und trink aus! (But don’t become bierleichen, “beer corpses.”)
Vertical Wine Bistro’s Oktoberfest
Friday, Oct. 5th-Sunday, Oct. 14th
70 N. Raymond Ave.