Wine and Beer Events Abound in NJ this Fall

Check out an Oktoberfest celebration or indulge at a wine dinner.

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Fall in New Jersey means seasonal day trips, outdoor fairs and festivals and a whole lot of food and drink events.

Taste brews at an Oktoberfest celebration, drink shochu at a wine dinner or sample a new dinner menu that’s filled with bar food and old favorites like fried chicken.

Oktoberfest, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten (Hoboken)

The Biergarten is running a month-long celebration. It kicks off October 1 with a keg-tapping and outdoor music festival that runs through October 3. New items will be featured in the Biergarten, and live music will be presented every weekend. Tickets for beer and food can be purchased online.
Throughout October. Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, 1422 Grand St., Hoboken; 201-683-5456

Dreamland Oktoberfest & Vintage German Auto Show (Asbury)

Michael Arenella is bringing his Dreamland Orchestra to Asbury. The event at the American Spirits Roadhouse will have a Biergarten and an Oktoberfest food village serving German sausages, pretzels and more. Admission is $25 on Saturday, $15 on Sunday, or $30 for a full weekend pass. Each ticket comes with a free beer and commemorative stein. If you’d like to enter your own vintage German car in the show, pre-register your vehicle by emailing [email protected]
October 2-3, $15-$30. American Spirits Roadhouse, 1090 NJ-173, Asbury; 908-735-0101

Zoom Wine Dinner at Catherine Lombardi (New Brunswick)

The return of Catherine Lombardi’s wine dinner focuses on the popular Japanese spirit, shochu, distilled with ingredients that can include brown sugar, sweet potatoes, chestnuts and more. The Zoom dinner will be led by Christopher Pelligrini, who moved to Japan in 2002 and has become an expert on shochu. He will lead a tasting of four different varieties. The menu includes Jamon Iberico (Iberian ham), Beet Cured Hamachi (yellowtail), Bone Marrow Stew, Wagyu Beef and Lemon Curd and Meringue Tarts. The evening will take place over Zoom, and diners can pick up their food and drinks from the restaurant prior to the dinner. Email [email protected] or call the restaurant.
October 15, 7:30 p.m. Dinner $129.95 per person (or $149.95-$229.95 with shochu included). Catherine Lombardi, 3 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick; 732-296-9463

New Menu at Stern & Bow (Closter)

Celebrating its second year, Stern & Bow debuts a new dinner menu. It includes bar food (smoked bacon-wrapped wings), pizza (such as fig & prosciutto), meat and fish (fried chicken, pan-seared halibut) and sides (fried pickles, wood-fired mushrooms). There’s also a great cocktail menu.
Stern & Bow, 171 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter; 201-750-3350

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