Oktoberfest traces its roots back to 19th-century Germany, when trick-or-treaters would often lose their pillowcases and have to collect candy in their parents’ beer steins. Pay homage to this ancient rite of autumnal passage with today's Groupon to Berliner Pub in Renton. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get an Oktoberfest Package for four (up to an $80 value) that includes:
- Four entrees (up to a $40 value). The schweinshaxe, wiener schnitzel, wurstplatte, and die berliner platte incur a small up charge.
- Four liters of beer (up to a $40 value). Diners can choose from the following brews:
- Maisel's Weisse dunkel
- Maisel's Weisse original
- Radeberger pilsner
- Veltins german pilsner
- Bayreuther Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier
- Hofbräu Original
- Hofbräu Oktoberfest
- Paulaner Salvator
- Bitburger pils
- For $10, you get $20 worth of German pub fare and drinks.
Drawing inspiration from Bavarian beer halls, Berliner Pub lines its gastropub with long, shareable wooden tables that prop up stout liter steins of frothy German brews accompanied by house-made sausage. Under soft chandelier lighting, servers silently polka across the rustic hall or into the open air of the beer garden to dole out hefty libations from an impressive beer list. Sturdy steins house pilsners, lagers, and ales brewed from malt and hops harvested in Germany, a country known for its beer being even better than its doughnut filling. The Hofbräu Original lager ($4-$10) flexes its Munich cred with a sweet, malty character, while the unpasteurized Veltins german pilsner and Maisel's Weisse original make for fresh pours ($4–$9.50). Paulaner Salvator doppelbock ($4–$9), known as liquid bread, boasts raisin and coffee notes, and is rumored to be prepared in the kitchen by a Pillsbury Doughboy wearing lederhosen. Berliner Pub also satiates diners with a food menu that showcases half-pound burgers ($9–$10) and all-natural, house-made bratwurst. Traditionalists may prefer the hausmacher brat ($9), while the bold lean toward the spicy cheese or chicken andouille sausages ($8).
Like any German pub worth its pretzel salt, Berliner Pub has an outdoor beer garden with communal tables inspired by German beer halls, 18 German beers on draft, and a menu of housemade brats and schnitzels. Waitresses clad in Bavarian-beer-maid ensembles bustle about holding liters of Munich's popular Hofbräu lager or Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker, which is considered to be the first brewery to brew a bock.
On Saturday nights, a band set up in front of a shelf of steins plays traditional German music, which consists of accordion sounds, guitar riffs, and then some more accordion sounds. During every Seattle Sounders home match, a bus transports fans to the soccer game and back to the pub for a quick drink around the indoor or outdoor fire pits.