Elaine and I headed over to Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant in Mid Valley on Saturday, 17 September 2016, for the beer tapping ceremony at 7.30pm (Malaysian time) which is roughly about the same time that the first Oktoberfest barrel is tapped in Germany by the Mayor of Munich.
Oktoberfest was initially started as wedding celebration in 1810 to commemorate the union between Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at Theresienwiese (translated as Therese’s meadow / field) – it is for this reason that Oktoberfest is referred to by Germans as ‘die Wiesn’ or ‘the field’
Through the years, Oktoberfest celebrations have had a number of different elements and activities, including horse races, street parades (in traditional costumes), live music, dancing and of course the appreciation of authentic Munich-brewed beer. At the Oktoberfest celebration, each Oktoberfest beer operates a number of tents which provide different drinking experiences.
Today, Oktoberfest has evolved to become a global celebration with almost 7 million visitors consuming over 7 million litres of beer and more than half a million chickens throughout the celebration (based on 2011 figures), which lasts between 16 – 18 days from the middle of September to the first Sunday of October.
For 2016, the Oktoberfest festival in Munich, Germany will run from 17 September 2016 to 3 October 2016 – a total of 17 days of culture, cuisine and of course beers!
This symbolic and traditional tapping officially marks the commencement of the largest and most celebrated bier festival on the planet. It’s the go ahead for Oktoberfest taps to be officially be turned on.
Brotzeit is serving up this year’s brew on tap from the breweries of Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr – two of the six allowed to officially brew Oktoberfest bier. Pair the beer with authentic modern German cuisine prepared by Brotzeit’s native Bavarian Chef, Helmut and you’ll be in for a rocking good time.
While the promotions at Brotzeit will run from 17 September, look out for special Oktoberfest parties on 7 and 8 October 2016 at Brotzeit Mid Valley, which are scheduled to provide customers with two (2) evenings of pure Munich style fun and revelry. The Paulaner Musikanten band from Germany will bring the spirit of Oktoberfest’s music, song, dance and merry making to Kuala Lumpur.
Chef Helmut has also crafted a gastronomic Oktoberfest Platter priced at RM280 inclusive of 6% gst, featuring Brotzeit’s signature pork knuckle, Lumberjack Steaks, Garlic Sausages, gypsy belly bacon, a trio of sausages ( garlic, spicy chicken and nurnberger pork sausages served with sauerkraut and potato salad, making it the perfect sharing platter amongst 4 friends or family.
Reservations are by way of pre-purchased tickets priced at RM60 (inclusive gst) which includes a pint of Oktoberfest bier. There will also be barrel tapping evenings at Brotzeit BSC on 24 September, and at Sunway Pyramid on 1 October 2016.
Brotzeit® German Bier Bar & Restaurant outlets are located at:
Lot GE( 018) Ground External Floor
Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2287 5516/7
OB K4 Oasis Boulevard
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
3 Jalan PJS 15/11 Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor DE
Tel: 03 -5638 5516/7
Lot No. 130, Ground Floor
Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285 Jalan Maarof,
Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2282 9516/7
Operating Hours – 11am till late
Sundays & Public Holidays from 09.30 am (BSC only)
Sunday & Public Holidays from 10am (Mid Valley only)
Reservations: Call the respective outlets OR e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credits: Andy Kho Photographer (www.andykho.com)