The arrival of Autumn brings with it the cool crisp promise of cool, crisp brews. We’re talking about Oktoberfest–an opportunity to bust out your lederhosen, stuff your face with pretzels, down a few beers and celebrate all things German. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have Bavarian roots: all are welcome to join the festivities that rock the globe the last weekend of each September. Spare yourself the expense of a plane ticket and forgo joining the 7 million attendees that flock to Munich’s Wiesen, where the tradition started. In nearly every corner of the world and on every scale, there are Oktoberfest celebrations to be had.
Here in Toronto, Canada, we invite you to join us at Steam Whistle’s new Biergarten the last weekend in September (September 26 – 28, 2019) for a traditional German experience. We’ve got our refreshing European Inspired pilsner to quench your thirst and the talented Food Dudes’ Chef Tyson Porcella serving traditional German fare.
Just like our beer, we like to keep things simple. We can’t think of a better way to spend Oktoberfest: delicious German food and European inspired beer in our Biergarten.
What is Oktoberfest?
Let us harken back to October 10th, 1810, when a giant festival was thrown in honour of the Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria marrying the beautiful Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The celebration ran for five days, and all the citizens of Munich were invited. Naturally, like any gathering, there was plenty of food and beer as well as music, parades, shooting displays and grand horse race to wrap up the five days of merriment.
The horse race was such a hit it gave rise to Oktoberfest.
The Celebration of Local, Pure Beer
One of the most significant things to come out of Oktoberfest is the celebration of local breweries. In fact, if you travel to the Motherland, you won’t find much selection in the way of beers. What we consider ‘domestics’ won’t be on tap. Your options are limited to a select few local brews that have to pass the German Beer Purity Test, called the ‘Reinheitsgebot.’ This is the predecessor to The Bavarian Purity Act (that Steam Whistle is compliant too).
If you want to honour the beers you’d find at the real Oktoberfest, Steam Whistle is a great local choice. And, just another reason to add Steam Whistle to your Oktoberfest checklist.
Authentic beer experience.
Every occasion has a dress code, Oktoberfest is the time to invest in or dust off your lederhosen or Dirndl. Lederhosen are knee-length leather britches while Dirndl’s are a Bavarian dress with a full skirt, bodice and apron. This is exactly the type of clothing you can expect to see on the streets of Toronto or in Munich during Oktoberfest.
Steam Whistle’s Bavarian Roots
At Steam Whistle we are proud of our Bavarian roots. Why else would we have a Biergarten? At Steam Whistle’s Biergarten we aim to deliver an authentic experience that evokes memories of the Motherland. With inspiration from Munich’s reputable Biergartens and Bierhalls, authentic German food (with options to suit all dietary needs) and of course, our legendary Steam Whistle pilsner.
We like to think our Biergarten is European Inspired but, Recognizably Canadian. And what better place to raise a pint of Steam Whistle this Oktoberfest 2019 than at our Biergarten?
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