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I will raise a glass to that! Prost!

If you like beer there is a good chance you are attending at least 2 Oktoberfests this season. Since we know you are coming to our Yonktoberfest, your second should be Shacktoberfest! Cross County’s newest addition, Shake Shack, has teamed up with Yonkers Brewing Co. to pair their tasty food with our Oktoberfest inspired brews. Good thing Gina Valentino from Westchester Magazine was there to cover it!
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Say Prost! To Shacktoberfest
Shake Shack’s Cross County location and Yonkers Brewing Company shake up the usual German fare

BY GINA VALENTINO

For just one week, Germany will be coming to Westchester—specifically via Shake Shack. The Danny Meyer fast-casual burger chain will host its 11th annual Shacktoberfest from today through Sunday, October 2. The restaurant’s Cross Country Shopping Center location has partnered with Yonkers Brewing Company to pair each Oktoberfest-inspired meal (and dessert) with locally crafted bier.

The menu includes:

Traditional Bavarian-style soft pretzels, best paired with Yonkers Brewing Company’s Kolsch, a crisp beer with subtle fruit flavor.

The ShackMeister Brat, a butterflied and seared bratwurst stuffed with Usinger’s cheddar cheese and topped with ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots. Unexpected jalapeños pack a punch. Yonkers Brewing recommends complementing it with their traditional German Oktoberfest beer, Marzen, which has a rich malt flavor and touch of noble hops.

The Brat Burger, a hamburger topped with the above-mentioned ShackMeister brat and the secret ShackSauce, all served inside a potato hamburger bun. Best paired with Yonkers’ flagship brew, a smooth Vienna Lager.

And while you’re devouring the burgers and brats, make sure you save room for dessert, because it’s hard to choose which Bavarian-inspired shake to order. You might need to try both. The Apfelstrudel is an apple strudel shake topped with whipped cream and cinnamon-sugar shortbread. The Black Forest is a chocolate and cherry shake with whipped cream, topped with chocolate sprinkles. And Yonkers Brewing recommends pairing any of them with their wheat beer, Rauchweizen.

Also on offer is a take-home 25-oz. souvenir bier stein ($10), filled with either Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest beer or ShackMeister Ale. Prost!

Shake Shack at the Cross County Shopping Center

2090 Mall Walk, Yonkers

914.289.1301; www.shakeshack.com

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