Ok, so I now like beer. It’s really hard not to when you’re in Munich. Our entire exploration of Munich was through nights spent there in between day trips but the nightlife is a great way to experience München. This didn’t stop us from enjoying Bavarian food and drink. We went on a Bavarian Beer and Food Tour which we found via Viator. It is very touristy which, I know shoot me, is not a problem for me. We were also the only Aussies on the tour which always means a bit of fun. Oktoberfest which, as you can probably judge by the title of our humble blog, is not really our thing, still has a fascinating history.
We visited the Oktoberfest museum and sampled some beautiful local beers. It was like a three bears scenario; the pilsner was nice but too bitter, the Dunkel was dark and full but not quite my thing. The hefeweizen was beautiful…which is apparently consistent with my sweet tooth, teenage girl palate. I now defer to Lukeness’ encyclopaedic knowledge of his podcasts:
Jonah Ray from the Nerdist podcast explains that because hefeweizen is a wheat beer, its calories are quite high compared to other beers. Apparently this means it would be like being asked “What is your favourite bread?” and replying “Cake. I like cake.” with a firm nod.
So, I like cake *firm nod*
Back to Oktoberfest. If you didn’t know, only beers brewed in Munich from one of the original local breweries are allowed beer tents inside Oktoberfest grounds. This means no Heineken in Oktoberfest or, thankfully, Fosters. It’s a great way that helps Munich protect its historic beer brands and although some have been sold to foreign companies, the iconic Munich breweries remain in tact for this exact reason. It also means, quite literally, Munich smells like a brewery. Whilst it now pulls in over a $1 billion per 16 day celebration, Oktoberfest started off as a horse race. Of course, these events are perfect for drinking and so locals would walk people up the hill to the cold beer storage. The following year, the first beer dispensing tents were set up and, long story short, here we are.
Back in 2014, we wandered over to our dinner place, the new Hofbrau brewery. Not the famous Hofbräuhaus that people talk about but a newer and less overbearingly Bavarian. There, we enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers and a platter of Bavarian food. The highlight definitely being the Weisswurst – white sausage which is a typical Bavarian delicacy. It’s eaten with a sweet mustard and the effect is a meaty dose of mouthwatering veal sausage with its own sweet-savoury sauce. I have had this a few times now and it is never disappointing.
We finished our night at the Hofbrauhaus complete with live Oompah band and leiderhosen. By this point we had a hat trick – good history, good people and good food. What else could you ask for?