Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest

July 2, 2014


Top Oktoberfests in Pittsburgh

Roast chicken and cigarettes.
I've been to Hofbrauhaus on many occasions. I've even been to their tent at Oktoberfest in Germany. The place is consistently wunderbar. I like their seasonal beers, particularly their Oktoberfest. The Germans have a no nonsense attitude regarding their beer. The very first time I walked into the Hofbrau in Pittsburgh I took note of the large beers everyone was drinking and casually ordered a flagon of ale. The bartender was visibly upset as he righteously explained that they did not sell ale and he did not know what a flagon was. (A flagon is a large metal or glass drinking vessel, very similar to the ones at Hofbrau. I still maintain that I was not off base.)

The food offerings are rather mediocre. I've never cared for their schnitzel, the mashed potatoes aren't great either and the brats pass as acceptable. I have to say though, I loved the roast chicken they served me at happy hour (pictured above with cigarettes.) It was well seasoned, succulent and comparable to the chicken I had while I was in Germany. Something about the German style of roast chicken is a little bit different. I think it is just a slightly less salty and more flavorful version of American chicken with some type of alternate seasoning blend. If you happen to know, please leave a comment.

Finally, some tips: Hofbrau doesn't offer a happy hour. They have tons of promotional bands and competitions, usually on weekends. If you go on a weekend, prepare to wait in line. The outdoor seating is some of the best in the city, don't jump the fence though - you will be asked to leave.

Source: www.pittsburghhappyhour.com
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