Time to don your dirndl and lederhosen, as Hoptoberfest returns to Melbourne.
If Munich is that little bit too far, don’t fret too much about getting your Oktoberfest fill as Hoptoberfest will be on hand in Melbourne to make sure you have all the beer and bratwurst you could want.
Hophaus’ annual Oktoberfest celebrations return this from 16th September ‘til 23rd October with an extended program of events from a German degustation dinner with Weihenstephaner’s Head Brewer to a dedicated Games Day, beer trivia and of course the hugely popular Teckelrennen Annual Daschund Race, expanded and improved after a triumphant inaugural event last year.
During the five-week program, Hoptoberfest expects to attract over 20,000 merrymakers young and old, coming together to experience the magic of the world’s largest bier festival in the heart of Melbourne.
“We’ve worked hard to offer an extensive program of events for this year’s Hoptoberfest – with something for everyone from the Ladies Love Bier luncheon, beer trivia nights, Family Days, Games Day, a special fest menu and more,” says Hophaus Manager Scott Highfield.
“Our bier selection will be even bigger with no less than four speciality fest biers flying in from Munich for our celebrations.”
While steins clash in Munich, Hoptoberfest’s official Opening Day on Saturday 17th September will flow forth from midday with the traditional Tapping of the Keg – and free bier until the keg runs dry! Try special dishes like Kartoffelpuffer, a German potato pancake with smoked pulled pork and apple and fennel salad, all part of new Head Chef Damian Love’s special Hoptoberfest menu.
dWits will be required at Hoptoberfest’s Beer Trivia Nights, on selected Wednesday evenings. For something more indulgent, the German Degustation Dinner on Monday 4 October hosted by Head Brewer Weihenstephaner Tobias Zollo, will offer seven courses with matching biers. An experience fit for a king with a decadent menu, matched perfectly with the best German biers.
Hophaus is known for their expertly curated German bier selection, and Hoptoberfest sees the biertenders take it up a notch. Steins will be filled with brews such as the pale but complex lager Wiehenstephaner Fest Bier, caramel malt flavoured amber lager Paulaner Fest Lager, full-bodied wheat bier Erdinger Fest Weisse and the classic dark Marzen style Spaten Fest Bier.
For more information and to view the full Hoptoberfest 2016 program of events here