The two week festival is run by giant pub company JD Wetherspoons from April 15 to May 4 2009. During this time, their 700 British pubs will sell more than 2.5 million pints of real ale. Over 50 cask ales will be available during the festival but only six will be made by international brewers.
Hallertau Hop Harvest Festival
Saturday March 24, 4pm till 11pm.
An Oktoberfest in West Auckland with eight piece Oomph Band complete with song sheets, singing and general merriment. We have a special Bavarian menu including traditional Kassler (smoked pork) and Bratwurst sausage with sauerkraut.
The band kicks of at 5pm; tickets are $20 on the door. This includes your commemorative German stein to keep and first stein of beer.
We have brewed a special Bavarian Kellerbier to help celebrate the occasion. The Kellerbier is a 5 % German amber lager that is served un-filtered, directly from the barrel on the bar!
It pours with a big, creamy, long-lasting, head; has a golden-bronze colour; a wonderfully fresh, perfumy hop aroma; a remarkably smooth, almost oily, malty palate; very fresh flavours; and a soft finish. It is beautifully balanced, but leans to the dry side. This is a delicious, appetising beer and a true salute to Bavaria’s fast-vanishing artisanal tradition.