Oktoberfest is an event I’ve learned to love since attending the Oktoberfest celebration 6 years ago at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Then on year after year I always look forward to the month of October and this year is extra special as there’s an event called Malaysia’s Own Oktoberfest!
I was very excited to attend the launch of the festivities at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel on 28 September 2011. Malaysia’s Own Oktoberfest has the popular Carlsberg flowing happily alongside popular German brews which they import namely Erdinger Weissbier, Franziskaner Weissbier and Lowenbrau. This coupled with authentic German cuisine prepared by a master chef, traditional live performances were the ingredients for a great night of fun, girls and of course beer!
So I made my way into the heart of KL during rush-hour just to attend the launch and this is what went down…
The festival, modeled after the Munich Oktoberfest, runs from 21 September to 20 October 2011 at over 25 participating outlets and 18 market squares throughout Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Seremban and Johor.
To mark this widely-celebrated festival, Carlsberg Malaysia boasts a month-long extravaganza filled with roaring days of exciting parties, music, authentic gastronomic experiences to whet the appetitie and barrels of Carlsberg, Erdinger Weissbier, Franziskaner Weissbier and Lowenbrau to be downed.
Here’s some info on the 4 types of beers served at Malaysia’s Own Oktoberfest:
Carlsberg (5% ABV/ alcohol), a lager beer founded by J.C. Jacobsen in 1847 and is an international beer originating from Denmark.
Erdinger Weissbier (5.3% ABV), pioneered in the 70’s, was the first German wheat to be distributed nationwide in Germany. Erdinger is brewed according to traditional recipes and has no preservatives, additives and pasteurization, complying with the Bavarian Purity Law 1516.
Franziskaner Weissbier (5% ABV), a traditional Bavarian wheat beer with more than 600 years of history, is refreshing and aromatic in character. This Bavarian beer is naturally cloudy and copper-coloured and enhanced with a sweet malt taste with a smooth creamy texture for finish.
Lowenbrau, (5.2% ABV), an original “German Munich Beer”, is famous at Oktoberfests. It is a lager beer that is refreshing with a taste of malt and mild hop bitterness. The beer is light to the taste, bright golden yellow in colour, and tryly complements the Bavarian drinking experience.
If you’re always wanted to visit a beer factory in Germany but have yet to get around to it, why don’t you enter the competition on the Malaysia’s Own Oktoberfest Facebook page (click here) to stand a chance to win “The Ultimate Beer Tour” which is a 6 day/ 5 night trip to Munich, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark with 2 friends.
For more info, head over to http://www.facebook.com/malaysiasownoktoberfest to find out where and when is the next party or check out the Chicken Dance in the video below!
Post updated with a video I shot at Malaysia’s Own Oktoberfest at ecoba, Damansara Perdana on 1 October 2011. Enjoy!