As autumn is around the corner, it’s time to have some preparations done for the festivals coming in October.Oktoberfest is one such festival that is celebrated in October. The festival is held annually in Munich, Germany,and spans just over two weeks. It begins in September and ends on the first Sunday of October. The Brew Estate is also hosting this famous festival in the Punjab. We are the largest microbrewery offering you traditional beers and food items of Germany. For this particular Oktoberfest, we have updated our menu with the famous beer of Germany.
1. Apple-Honey Cyser (Mead)
Cyser is basically a fusion brewed with fresh apple and wild floral honey. This beer is bright and crisp. The apple is both distinctive and well-incorporated into honey. It is slightly clear and pale to medium gold in color. It contains bit high amount of alcohol.
Marzen beer is a German amber lager that originally brewed in Bavaria. It is amber to reddish brown in color. It is full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, and brisk hop bitterness. This beer is a tasty bump of juicy melanoidin-rich, toasted malty sweetness, creamy but lean mouthfeel, and spiciness.
3. Barrel Oak lager
The lager is a mild beer with the malty body with oak wood and malty-rich aromatics. It is light golden in color. Its roasted oak wood flavor makes it a real pleasure to drink.
4. Munich Weissbier
It is a white beer which originates in Munich, Germany. The glass of traditional Munich Weissbier is half beer and half foam. Its color ranges from pale straw to deep gold. Its rich malt flavor and underlying fruitiness have a masterful hop balance.
What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest which started in 1810, initially took place in October but considering the better weather and a more enjoyable time for festival-goers, it was moved earlier in the season. But the name of the festival remains the same no matter what month it’s in. It is basically the biggest folk festival which is attended by millions of people from around the world who flock to Munich, Bavaria, Germany to eat traditional food, listen to old music, wear traditional Bavarian Garb and of course quaff the famous Oktoberfest/Marzen beer.
Why is it celebrated?
The Oktoberfest initially began as a wedding celebrationwhen Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. All the burghers of Munich were invited to attend the wedding with multiple days of drinking, feasting, kettle drums, music and horse races. This year will mark the 185th Oktoberfest.
How is it celebrated?
Oktoberfest is more than 200 years old tradition. It is mainly associated with beer but the traditions of the festival go beyond that. The festival officially starts when the mayor taps the first keg, declaring “O’ Zapft is!” or “It’s Tapped!” in English. Traditionally, the first person to get the beer is Minister-President of the State of Bavaria. The opening ceremony of the festival is marked by a colorful parade of carriages, floats, and people in a variety of costumes winding its way through the streets of Munich. There are total 14 tents in the Oktoberfest area each with a band in the middle playing the traditional German songs.In 200 years, Oktoberfest has only been cancelled 24 times. The causes were mostly due to the war and cholera epidemics.
What is the dress code?
Many Bavarians and foreigners celebrate Oktoberfest in the Bavarian traditional dress.Men usually wear Lederhosen (leather pant and hat) and women wear Dirndl (dress with full skirt, apron, and tight bodice). Wearing those outfits is not compulsory of course, but the locals always appreciate if visitors make the effort.
What to eat and drink?
Originally, Oktoberfest was non- alcoholic but now beer is the king of the Oktoberfest. Earlier, beer was only served outside the fairgrounds, but it didn’t take long to incorporate kegs into the celebration.Oktoberfest is, above all, a celebration of Bavarian traditions,and it is said that if the beer is not from Munich, it’s not Oktoberfest,so the only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits ofMunich.
The Oktoberfest offers some fantastic traditional food like Wiesn-Hendl, Brezen, Steckerl Fish, Ochsenbraterei, and many more. You also get traditional cakes, gingerbread or pastries there.
A legit an excuse to drink beer on weekdays, Oktoberfest 2018 is here.