Want to taste ancient suds? CityScape‘s first-ever Oktoberfest, set for Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, brings a taste of the Old World, featuring Weihenstephan Brewery, the oldest brewery in Bavaria, founded in 768. That’s right, they’ve been brewing beer for 1,242 years, so they must know a thing or two about it. The festival will also welcome other breweries from around Germany to Downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Sister Cities is responsible for creating what is sure to be an annual celebration, and the group has some solid recommendations to try:
- Spaten Oktoberfest Beer. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world. Every year, over and over again, countless Oktoberfest visitors share their enthusiasm for this beer. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer is amber in color. This medium-bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich-textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition makes it an annual favorite among Germans.
- Erdinger Oktoberfest Beer. “Like all ERDINGER beers, Erdinger Oktoberfest-Weizen is also refermented in the bottle and keg — similar to the champagne method,” said Erdinger’s Brewmaster Peter Liebert. “Very few breweries still stick to this traditional, complex and expensive brewing method. It is this bottle and keg fermentation that gives Erdinger its unparalleled quality and freshness. And to protect this freshness Erdinger is never pasteurized. Festival goers can now enjoy exactly the same Erdinger Oktoberfest-Weizen as Europeans have been enjoying for decades.
- Bitburger Premium Pils. Brewers of one of Germany’s finest beers for almost 200 years, Bitburger brewery is a large German brewery founded in 1817 and ranks number three among Germany’s bestselling breweries. Bitburger Brewing Group adheres to the German Purity Law. Originally passed in 1516, this law stipulates that you can only use water, yeast, barley, hops and hop products. The company slogan is, “Bitte ein Bit.” This is literally, “Please, a Bit,” or “a Bit, please.” In the 1970s, a second slogan was introduced, “Abends Bit, morgens fit” (“Bit in the evening, fit in the morning”), implying that the consumption wouldn’t lead to a hangover.
Attending is easy. Just print out the ticket below, and we’ll see you at CityScape for Oktoberfest!