The famous Green Day song – Wake Me Up When September Ends is what I always tell people when asked about my birthday, which falls on the 1st of October.
Coincidentally, this also marks one of the most happening month on the calendar, for it signifies the celebration of Oktoberfest here in Malaysia! This year, we have Paulaner as the official beer, tastefully served in a 1-liter Ceramic Oktoberfest mug (more on this mug later.)
GAB is celebrating with a series of themed parties all across Malaysia with Tiger, Guinness, Heineken, and as mentioned, the Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, brewed exclusively only for Oktoberfest season.
we had great fun at previous Oktoberfest parties, expect the same this year!
Expect many evenings of good food and beer from around the world, great fun contests, promotions and activities as well.
The limited Oktoberfest 1-liter mug that comes with a metal lid is yours to keep when you get the official Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, but reserve yours early for it is well, a limited edition. I think it’ll go well with my previous Oktoberfest 1-liter glasses.
official Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier
Now you may ask, what makes the official Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier different from the “ordinary” Paulaner?
Well, for one, the Oktoberfest edition is a lager instead of a wheat beer; and at 13% proof (about 6% alcohol), it is also slightly stronger than the usual variant.
In fact, all Oktoberfest are approximately 13% proof, and must be brewed within the city limits of Munich and must also conform to the Reinheitsgebot or Bavarian Purity Law which strictly governs the production of beer in Germany by limiting the ingredients that can be used.
Paulaner was first brewed by the monks from the Paulaner monastery in 1634, but still considered one of the youngest Oktoberfest beers standing at “only” 380 years young.
If you’re interested in the history of Oktoberfest, read on:
Oktoberfest Facts & Figures
This celebration initially started as wedding celebration in 1810 to commemorate the union between Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at Theresienwiese (translated as Therese’s meadow / field) – it is for this reason that Oktoberfest is referred to by Germans as ‘die Wiesn’ or ‘the field’
Through the years, Oktoberfest celebrations have had a number of different elements and activities, including horse races, street parades (in traditional costumes), live music, dancing and of course the appreciation of authentic Munich-brewed beer.
Currently, Oktoberfest is a truly global celebration with almost 7 million visitors consuming over 7 million litres of beer and more than half a million chickens throughout the celebration (based on 2011 figures), which lasts between 16 – 18 days from the middle of September to the first Sunday of October.
For 2013, the Oktoberfest festival proper will run from 21 September 2013 to October 6 2013 – a total of 16 days of culture, cuisine and beers
For the uninitiated, Oktoberfest is a month long celebration of good beer, good food, and plenty of performances and of course, that calls for huge celebrations.
This year is no different than previous years, GAB will again celebrate Oktoberfest in various restaurants and pubs across the country on the whole month of Oktober.
Oktoberfest at Bulldog, expect more of these!
There will be quite a lot of places celebrating Oktoberfest. On these celebrations, Paulaner, Strongbow, Guinness, Tiger Beer, and Kilkenny will be on happy hour all night long on draught.
Furthermore, available exclusively during Oktoberfest festival are Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, Hopf Ice Beer, and 111 Zwickl. You won’t want to miss out!
If you haven’t been to one, you should! I went to Oktoberfest at Bulldog last year and had a whale of time. There were tonnes of beer to go around and they are usually coupled with awesome food, and all with very good deals too, just in the name of the celebration.
Check out the video above to get an idea of what’s awaiting.
Check out the massive beer mugs in FA’s hands
At every GAB Oktoberfest celebration, you’ll also get a 1 Litre Oktoberfest Mug with every purchase of 1 Litre Tiger Draught, look at the photo collage above, the bottom right mug is about the size of the Oktoberfest Mug you’ll be getting (held by FA, the lady in red).
All GAB brands are involved in the celebration, including one of my favorites – Guinness. In fact, I suspect that this might be even genetics as it too was my late dad’s favorite choice of drink. The black creamy beer with the distinct aroma and slight bitter taste that simply has no competition for the past 250+ years.
Everyone can enjoy this awesome goodness, bottled or draught
I’m also a huge fan of Kilkenny as well, and this brand too will be on happy hour all night long during Oktoberfest with GAB. Yes!
At whichever location, it will certainly be an entertaining night, with games and a special appearance by Die Dorf Fest Kapelle, a “Bavarian Style’ Oompah band who will be performing for the night.
KY & Haze having a Kilkenny over supper
For the definitive green beer fans, Heineken too is one of the beers featured in this celebration. Ale, Lager, or black beer, we’ve got everything covered.
So, fellow beer lovers, here is the list of Oktoberfest celebrations in Malaysia with GAB:
7/10/2011 – 798 Wine Bar, TCM
8/10/2011 – The Beer Factory, Sunway Giza
9/10/2011 – SOULed Out Sri Hartamas
11/10/2011 – Jupiter Club
12/10/2011 – Royal Selangor Club
12/10/2011 – Metro Club
13/10/2011 – The Beer Factory, Old Klang Road
13/10/2011 – Season’s Club
14/10/2011 – Cold Storage Special at Solaris, Mont Kiara