German Festivities

Celebrating the biggest beer drinking festival in the world: Oktoberfest

Here Leeds Brewery we see Oktoberfest as a great opportunity to drink lots of beer for just over two weeks straight. This year from the 17th September-3rd October, we will have a selection of guest German and German inspired beers on the bar and some traditional cuisine in the kitchens.

What is Oktoberfest?

It’s a way old tradition beginning back in the 1800’s with the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on 12th October. All of the townspeople were invited to the festival which took place in the fields outside of the city gates and of course, the party was such a success that it continued for many years to come. This year will be the 183rd anniversary of the festival - why break the tradition now?

Although we celebrate Oktoberfest all around the world, the official festival is held in Munich, Germany. It’s an event where beer lovers across the country come together to share their appreciation for German beer and as a result, end up drinking copious amounts of the stuff!

The fun and games take place in large beer tents on the ground known as ‘Theresienwiese’ with 14 main tents rotating around 12,000 people a day and represented by only 6 breweries - that’s a lot of beer.

The majority of the locals and visitors really get into the spirit and dress up in all the traditional gear, the men wearing their lederhosens and the women the classic Bavarian Dirndl, a traditional Austrian dress. It’s definitely an event worth going all out for.

Why is it called Oktoberfest when it starts in September?

The celebrations formerly began on 12th October and ended on 17th October, then were later extended and moved forward to September. The date was rearranged due to the better weather conditions so that people had more chance of enjoying their steins outside in the gardens.

What are our pubs doing to celebrate?

If you can’t jet off all the way to Munich this Oktoberfest then fear not - we are having our own Oktoberfest right here in Leeds!

At the Lamb & Flag they will be serving some classic Oktoberfest beers on draught and will have bottles in the fridge across the whole 2 weeks. The chefs will also be offering some traditional German eats on the menu. Sausages and sauerkraut - what else!  

At The Brewery Tap they will have a fantastic selection of German beers featuring imported German beers on draught, in bottles and even some German influenced ales. Give them all a try to discover your favourite.

It’s a great chance for you to try some new beers and get into the Oktoberfest spirit. You can even sport that lederhosen you've had lying around for ages...we hope to see you there! LB