The Beerable Lightness of Being

Sep 22 2013, 15:06 IST
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SummaryIf you ever needed an excuse to drink, this is it. City watering holes stock up to celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest. One of the world’s largest fairs held in the Bavarian city of Munich in Germany at this time of the year, the festival has become associated with Bavarian women in dirndl dresses, men in form-fitting lederhosen, sausages and, of course, foaming tankards of beer. While six million people gather in Munich to drink, dance and potato salad the days away, festivities are held all over the world, including sadda dilli.

The Bavarian brewery, 7 Degree Brauhaus in Gurgaon, appears to have an authentic celebration lined up. Apart from 15 types of sausage, including the revered Bratwurst, there are a slew of Bavarian specialties such as roasted pork kunckle with saurkraut and copious amounts of potato salad and sauerkraut. Most importantly, the restaurant will be brewing an Oktoberfest Special Beer, which keeping with tradition, will have a higher alcohol and sugar content, making it darker than the usual beer. The festivities here will take place from September 21 to October 6, coinciding with the event in Munich.

ITC Maurya’s Pavilion and Golf Bar are celebrating the festival for one week till September 29 with a Bavarian dinner buffet, which includes sausages, schnitzels and potato salad at Rs 2,500 (plus taxes) and unlimited beer at Rs 999 (plus taxes). Meanwhile, Hinglish — the Colonial Cafe in Subhash Nagar is doing a British take on the German festival with a variety of offers. You can eat and drink across the menu and pay only for the beer, or get a flat 50 per cent off on all the English dishes such as sausages and mash and fish and chips.

The CDB cafe in Nehru Place clearly has beer on the mind with a new Beer Menu for the fest, which includes dishes such as Pan Fried Prawns with Beer Butter Glaze and pastas with beer poached chicken and vegetables.

Amsterdam Beer and Kitchen is concentrating on the Bavarian tradition of Bierleichen (“beer corpses” in German) referring to revelers who get carried away, literally and metaphorically, thanks to the liquid diet. Apart from their many beer deals, they have an offer — if you can tank 15 beers within an hour without having to use the facilities, the beer is on the house.

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