Oktoberfest And How To Do It Right With Munich Brauhaus
It’s time for Oktoberfest, the world-renowned German festival of beer and all things nice!
What better way to celebrate it than with the people who do it best, the beer masters at Munich Brauhaus and Bavarian Bier Café? Here’s how to do it according to the mister, Bier Professor, Dominic Dighton.
Tell us about the Oktoberfest biers? Why are they so special, and what do they taste like?
In line with German tradition, five Oktoberfest biers are brewed for the festival and are therefore only available once a year. These limited edition biers are brewed within the confines of the Munich City district and are made by abiding to the ancient German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), which means that they can only contain four ingredients: water, hops, malt and yeast. All 10 Bavarian Bier Cafés in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Munich Brauhaus in Melbourne and Sydney have all five Oktoberfest biers on tap throughout Oktoberfest, which runs until Sunday, 30 October.
LÖWENBRÄU is a bright, sparkling brew that provides an authentic taste of the world’s greatest festival. Served at the very first Oktoberfest celebrations back in 1810, Löwenbräu is a full-bodied and malty brew with a hint of spice and a yeasty tang.
SPATEN is the brew that kicks off Oktoberfest when Munich’s Mayor knocks the tap into the Spaten keg and yells, “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”) It’s a full-flavoured brew boasting a malty sweetness with hints of fruit and nuts, Spaten was first created in a small Munich ‘brew’ pub way back in 1397.
HOFBRÄU is a strong and regal bier that’s been keeping discerning bier lovers happy for over 400 years with its grainy malt character, subtle bready notes, and a slightly spicy deliciously bitter finish.
PAULANER is lagered for four weeks to bring out the rich flavour. It’s highly satisfying and truly thirst quenching, with a light honeyed malt character and an elegant flowery hops aftertaste.
HACKER PSCHORR has subtle malt caramels balanced with hints of nuts and citrus. It finishes with slight bitterness and restrained sweetness, which makes it oh so easy drinking!
What are your top 5 German beers, and why?
- Paulaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel – I love the complexity, perfectly balanced with refreshment.
- Hofbrau Dunkel – for the same reason but this one is a lager which makes it more unusual.
- Augustiner Hellesbier – The best pale lager in the world, full stop.
- Jever Pilsner – crisp clean spicy and particularly hoppy. The benchmark in German Pils.
- Andechser Weissbier Hell – Zesty tang with all the esters and phenolics that make this style so inviting.
Which German bier is the friendliest introductory bier for someone who’s not versed in German biers?
Most Bavarian pale lagers are fine for those unfamiliar with German biers, as well as pale Weissbier. Kolsch from up around Cologne can be light and floral. Just stay away from Pilsner or smoked (Rauch) biers.
What’s your favourite German bier and food match?
I love a spicy pilsner paired with Indian food, such as a bold lamb rogan josh. However, if I’m eating something more traditionally German, like roast pork belly, I’d go for Furstenberg Pilsner. It’s crisp and clean with a hint of spice and bite in the finish that cuts through the richness of pork belly.
How much bier is sold at your restaurants during Oktoberfest?
Last year we had around 200,000 Oktoberfest guests at Munich Brauhaus in Sydney and Melbourne and their 10 sister Bavarian Bier Cafés across Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We sold 75,000 1-litre steins of beer over the 6-week Oktoberfest period.
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