Oktoberfest Lager Stew

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

Growing up I had many friends who parents celebrated Oktoberfest. and from what I remember, the food was always amazing! Hearty flavourful meals that were affordable to make and could feed a crowd easily always filled their homes.

If you are looking to enjoy a classic Oktoberfest recipe you will love this one!


Yields: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 55 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14 oz) package smoked sausage, cut into bite-sized slices
  • 1 ½ onion, sliced into thin semi-circles
  • ¼ small head cabbage (cut in half, halved again and cored – thinly sliced)
  • ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup German beer
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 ½ cups hot chicken stock
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped



  1. Add oil to a large pot on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add sliced smoked sausage and allow the slices to caramelize for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Once sausage is browned, add in sliced onions and cabbage, stir and continue cooking until softened.
  3. Season with black pepper, pinch of salt and garlic. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour in the cup of lager, stir and allow the beer to slightly reduce for approximately 3 minutes.
  5. Add in the cubed potatoes and hot chicken stock, stir and allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  6. Once stew begins to boil, place a lid on (slightly askew to allow just a little steam to escape), and reduce the heat to low to simmer for 40 minutes.
  7. After 40 minutes, turn off the heat and finish the stew by stirring in the apple cider vinegar and chopped parsley. Add additional salt if needed.

With a few days left to get into the festivities this recipe is a crowd pleaser! Enjoy


  1. Now this is something I've never tasted before. This Lager Stew has peaked my curiosity! I do enjoy beer & I think I'd like this combination of flavors. Happy Oktoberfest!

  2. This looks absolutely scrumptious! I would never have thought to put lager into stew–but why not? Sounds great!


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