It might be World Vegetarian Day, but Oct. 1 also kicks off National Sausage Month.

To commemorate National Sausage Month in October, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) are pleased to present a new brochure, “Guide to Beer and Sausage: Pairings and Recipes,” which contains a detailed beer and sausage pairing guide and a collection of five delicious recipes featuring sausage cooked with beer in innovative ways. 

The Germans may have perfected the art of beer and food pairing with their love of brew and sausage, but beer and sausage have long been a traditional, favorite combination both in Europe and the U.S. 

“National Sausage Month is a celebration of everything Americans love about these links—from the folklore to the flavor,” said National Hot Dog & Sausage Council President Janet Riley. “This new recipe collection presents the traditional sausage flavors we all love, but paired and cooked with various beer styles.  Not only are these recipes ideal for bringing something new to the table this fall, they are also economical.”

From Grilled Knockwurst with Golden Onions to German-Style Beer Fondue, these new recipes are sure to spice up your own Oktoberfest celebration or tailgating menu. 

Other recipes include Slow Cooked Sausage in Beer Mustard Sauce, Smoked Sausage Stew with Biscuit Crust and Sausage, Potato and Arugula with Lager Beer Dressing.  Each recipe is cooked with a different variety of beer, pilsner to lager. 

 “From lagers and wheat beers to porters and stouts, America’s beer distributors are proud to deliver a flavor or style of beer for every palette and every dish,” added NBWA Vice President, Public Affairs Rebecca Spicer.  “The fall season is a perfect time for consumers of legal age to find the perfect beer to pair with their food – or even try using beer as the secret ingredient in fabulous recipes. With nearly 13,000 labels of beer available in the United States – more than any other country in the world – the possibilities are endless.” 

To download these innovative recipes and view the sausage and beer pairing guide, visit www.hot-dog.org. The site also features many more great recipes, and all of the facts, figures and photos you need for National Sausage Month.