I have an app on my phone, which I’m sure many of you have, called “Timehop”. As fun as it is looking back on those fond memories, between the months of September and December, it gets a bit depressing.
It was during this period back in 2013, the wife and I had packed up our bags and ventured out for a 4 month, round the world trip. Malaysia, Singapore, New York; all were magnificent, but one of the major highlights for me was visiting Munich for Oktoberfest. Sitting in one of the grand beer tents all day and well into the evening, eating pretzels, and standing on the benches belting out tunes is one of the memories I’ll hold close for a long time.
After that years festivities, the wife and I decided to attend all Oktoberfest celebrations back in Brisbane. Unfortunately, with taking on higher education and a lack of funds, this hasn’t really been possible. A large trip to Canada next year for a wedding is sapping up most of the available coin, so I haven’t been able to attend some of our local events, such as Bocktoberfest at Brisbane Brewing Co or the ever popular festivities at the Brisbane German Club.
I was fortunate enough, however, to be invited by the group behind the Bavarian Bier Café to come in and sample one of their Oktoberfest beers. Being the very definition of the term “poor uni student”, I decided to jump on this opportunity.
Now, I’ll admit, I haven’t been to the Bavarian as often as I used to. Anytime I have gone, the night ends up turning from steins to schnapps, and everything gets a little blurry after that. I vaguely remember the large cowbell being rung as the metre-long board of “Frozen Volcano” or something like that. Then it all goes black.
This time around though, things would be different. Firstly, it was noon and secondly, I was using it as a chance to catch up with a mate who was bringing along his daughter. Definitely, no schnapps this time.
When I arrived, I met with Shaun, who hooked me up with more than a simple sample of their weekly bier. I received a whole, beautiful stein of the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest along with a pretzel. I felt like I was back on holidays in Munich.
The beer itself is a 6.2% gem of Reinheitsgebot (the German purity law). It’s a bright coloured, effervescent beer, with a light, creamy head that gives off a grainy and grassy aroma. Flavour-wise, it’s a malty number with a bit of a spicy zing. Very well balanced and clean.
If I’m being honest, I took down very few notes on the beer itself. I was so caught up in conversation, that I didn’t have time to write. Maybe that goes to show how good of a backdrop these types of beers can be for socialization. There is no dissecting or analysis required: just a good, solid brew to compliment a great afternoon.
The Bavarian Bier Café has a new weekly Oktoberfest Beer running until the end of this month. Be sure to strap on your best lederhosen or dirngl and get a taste of the beer motherland.
I’d like to thank Shaun and staff at the Bavarian for their hospitality and also to thank Kymberly for the invite. It was a great afternoon!
Bavarian Bier Café
Level 1, 45 Eagle St, Brisbane
~ Full disclosure: if it wasn’t obvious above, this beer was provided FOC, however, we did stick around for one more as well as some food, which wasn’t. ~