Good times are pretty much guaranteed when the beer consumption benchmark mark is set at 7.7 million litres. Every year during Oktoberfest in Munich about two-and-a-half Olympic sized swimming pools of beer are consumed. That’s enough to turn us all into Bavarians!
Curiously, Oktoberfest doesn’t actually occur during October. Crazy, right? This beery festival officially kicks off in mid-September, but being that people really love their beer, it’s kind of turned into a 6 week long drinking extravaganza. That just means we get more time to eat pretzels and down more brews right?
If you want to make sure your next 6 weeks involve a stein or two every weekend, here’s where to celebrate.
Oktoberfest Brisbane | Brisbane Showgrounds | October 7-9 & 14-16
This Bavarian beerfest hosted at the RNA Showgrounds is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Australia and one of the world’s top 10 outside of Germany. Basically, the showgrounds will be transformed into a German town festival, complete with a marketplace, gourmet food and plenty of beers, German and otherwise, in The Biergarten.
Pumpyard are going German for an entire weekend, with 4 Hearts even brewing up some special tipples for the occasion. If you need to line your stomach before you hit the beer tent, you can Oktober-feast on pretzels, bratwursts with sauerkraut and chicken schnitzels, then drink until you feel ready to join in the yodeling.
A month just isn’t enough for Bavarian Bier Café to celebrate all things Oktoberfest, so they’re putting on six entire weeks of festivities! You can win a trip to Bavaria, just for drinking your way around the bar, there’ll be complimentary schnapps for the ladies on Fridays, beer specials, and loads of entertainment over the six weeks.
Green Beacon | Teneriffe | October 23
For a relaxed Oktoberfest that you won’t need a week to recover from, Green Beacon’s annual party is a chilled Sunday session with plenty of eats and drinks. Chow down on a German sausage with all the trimmings from the team at Brat Haus and grab yourself limited release Green Beacon steins for sale with special pricing for refills. German style beers will include Kolsch, Pilsner, Gose and a single keg special release beer to be announced soon so those refills will come in handy!
If it’s German beer you want, it’s German beer you’ll get at the Brisbane German Club, with fully important German beers on tap and over 70 German beers by the bottle! Feast on pretzels, sausages, schnitzels and their famous pork knuckle with live entertainment all weekend. Entry is $5 for member and $10 for non-members.
Woolly Mammoth | Fortitude Valley | Every Sunday in October
Achtung, achtung all cave(wo)men! Woolly Mammoth are celebrating Oktoberfest with food, drinks and entertainment throughout the entire month! Visit their ‘Hairy German Beer Hall’ any Sunday in October and feast on pork knuckle with mash and sauerkraut, German sausage dogs or chicken schnitzel with slaw and plenty of German-style beers on tap.
All Inn Brewing may not be able to party for the 16 days of Oktoberfest but they sure can do 16 days worth of partying in one! Head on over to the north side brewery from 12pm on the 22nd and you’ll find Bavarian street food from Kraut ‘n’ About, pretzels, lebkuchen, a German dancing comp and a best dressed comp. Wear your best lederhosen if you dare.
Words by Ranyhyn Akui