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The month of October is sadly almost done and for a lot of beer lovers that means the conclusion of the famous international event ‘Oktoberfest’.
For those of you that don’t know what Oktoberfest is; it’s a festival that first started in 1811. The originally Bavarian festival first involved horse races, which were the oldest and – at one time – the most popular event of the festival which is no longer held today.
In the first few decades, the choice of amusements was sparse. The first carousel and two swings were set up in 1818. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries.
Today, the Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with millions of tourists travelling to countries such as Germany to take part in the beer tasting festival.
What used to be a culture of people wanting to travel to Belgium or Germany for this huge event has slowly evolved into different countries around the world hosting their own mini Oktoberfest celebrations. Kenyans for example, thanks to the Big 5 Breweries can now also take part in the event.
If you participated this month, then you know the steps but if you still want to celebrate this weekend, follow these steps to participate.
Step 1: Grab a beer passport from the following venues:
Once you collected your beer passport that looks like this:
Step 2 & 3: You would then try the variety of beers offered at a particular venue shown above and as you ejoy a cold brew with your family or friends don’t forget to get one of the staff to stamp your beer passport on the page of the beer you tried.
Step 4: Collect stamps! So for those of you that have tried and collected at least 40 stamps out of the 47 different beers in the Oktoberfest passport can redeem your passport at either Brew Bistro outlet between Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st by 10 pm!
- Gifts/Raffle Awards – 2liter pitcher of beer or a Craft beer bucket for any customer who completes the craft beer passport and collects all stamps for at least 40 beers out of a total of 47 beers
- Raffle Awards – to be awarded on the 21st October at Ngong at Midnight
1st Prize: Rent a Keg Voucher with full bartender service, glassware and equipment for 20Liters of beer any brand
2nd Prize: Craft Beer BBQ Brunch Voucher for Ngong for 5000Kshs
3rd Prize: Brewery Tour & tasting for 2pax
I personally drink mostly ciders so when I tried the Pink Killer at the Tav I fell in love! Sweet beer got me hooked. For those of you that like a more mature and bitter taste in your beers I would then recommend the Green Killer.
I also tried a fresh from the tap brewed beer by the Big 5 brewery at Dusit and it was amazing! I didn’t think I would enjoy a dark beer but it was delicious and I would definitely order it again.
I am also happy to see that Kenya has more to offer consumers in the beer market and who knows, this might one day be the destination for millions of people to travel and experience Oktoberfest and simply enjoy locally and internationally brewed beers.