Oktoberfest taps the vibe
DO up your dirndls and strap up your lederhosen, Oktoberfest is making its way to Hemingway’s this Saturday (October 14). It’s going to be even bigger and better than last year.
Hemingway’s events manager Chris Barber said the event will be record breaking.
“It’s the biggest Oktoberfest/craft beer event that’s happening north of Brisbane,” he said.
“There’s no where north of Brisbane that has ever had 40 taps at an event so it’s huge in respect to that.”
A wide range of breweries from across Australia will be sending supplies north.
“We’ve got Willie Smiths coming up from Tasmania, Pirate Life from Adelaide, Modus Operandi coming from Sydney and Bridge Road coming up from Melbourne,” Mr Barber said. “There will be eight German beers on tap like Hofenbrauhaus, Stiegl, Spaten and Weihenstephaner.
What can a punter expect from a Hemingway’s Oktoberfest?
“Expect a lot of eating and a lot of drinking,” he said.
“We’re making it more of a Oktoberfest, we’ll have everyone’s favourite German street food such as your pretzels and bratwurst”.
And some highly entertaining live music.
“We’ve taken it up a notch this year – we’ve got a huge 13 piece brass band to play some Oompah Pah music, the Taste from Cairns and Rob Edwards from Adelaide will also be playing with a DJ to finish off the night,” Mr Barber said.
“The Oompah Pah band will really give it the Oktoberfest feel and the place will look amazing.
“It’s not only an Oktoberfest it’s a celebration of craft beer, so we encourage people to come and try whatever they want but it may be hard to try all 40.
“We encourage people to come dressed up.”
Entry to the event is $10, which includes a stein which Chris describes as a punters’ “vessel” for the day.
“Every beer that’s on tap is $10 for half a litre
Men can show off their muscles at the keg holding competition.
Participants must hold an empty keg, which is about at least 20 kg, in front of them with straight arms and whoever holds it the longest wins.
Annelies Westra and Dan Tiffin, from Hemingway’s, in gear for the big day