Capeto­ni­ans gear up for that ‘Ok­to­ber­fest vibe’

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CAPETO­NI­ANS can look for­ward to litre steins of craft beer, bock­wurst sausages and peo­ple dressed in dirndls and leder­ho­sen when the sixth an­nual Tops at Spar Bier­fest kicks off at New­lands Brew­ery next week­end.

The fest, mod­elled on Ger­many’s fa­mous Mu­nich Ok­to­ber­fest, is tak­ing place be­tween Fri­day and next Sun­day.

Bier­fest owner An­drew Dou­glas said at­ten­dees could ex­pect an “au­then­tic Ok­to­ber­fest vibe”, which in­cludes not only drink­ing beer to the sound of tra­di­tional oom­pah mu­sic, but also “milk­ing a life-size im­ported Bavar­ian cow against the clock”.

Guests will also be able to take part in a best-dressed com­pe­ti­tion, have a go at try­ing a short, sharp dose of Bavar­ian snuff to­bacco, and test their strength in a stein-lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

As in pre­vi­ous years, a spe­cial beer has been brewed for the event.

Brew­mas­ters from SA Brew­eries have cre­ated the Royal Bavaria beer from a blend of Vi­enna and Mu­nich malts.

“It has mod­er­ate toasted malt aro­mas and very low hop aro­mas present.

“It is a com­plex flavour with dis­tinc­tive malti­ness and some toasted flavours,” said the or­gan­is­ers.

Craft beer from New­lands Spring Brew­ery will also be avail­able, in­clud­ing its Moun­tain Weiss, Ja­cob’s Pale Ale and Pas­sion­ate Blonde beers.

There will also be a range of SAB beer for sale, as well as some wine and soft drinks.

To go with their se­lec­tion of craft beers, or­gan­is­ers have promised what they call “wun­der­bavar­ian plat­ters to mouth- vor­ter­ing schnacks”, in­clud­ing bock­wurst and bratwurst sausages, chicken schnitzel and whole roast pork knuck­les.

Visit www.bier­fest.co.za for in­for­ma­tion on how to buy tick­ets, which start at R125. No un­der-18s are al­lowed.

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