October in China begins with the golden week of National Holiday but in Germany, it is the season for the world's largest beer festival a.k.a. Oktoberfest. Millions of people gather to eat drink and make merry in Munich. The carnival goes on for about two weeks celebrating the arrival of winter after summer. In the olden days, it promoted the Bavarian agriculture but today eateries and breweries play a larger role in the celebration.
Paulaner Bräuhaus had introduced the Bavarian tradition to the city of Beijing in 1992, since then it has turned into a never-to-miss event amongst the food and beer lovers of the city.
This year, once again the celebration begins on October 12 at Paulaner Bräuhaus, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center and would last until October 29.
We were lucky to attend a run down and here is a sneak peek of the event.
Breezy open terrace with a live band playing Bavarian music and beer barrel at the entrance welcomed us. The décor matched the autumn sky with patchy white clouds (yes, it was a blue sky that day). The waitresses in dirndl served “Oktoberfest Bier” produced in their in-house brewery from barley, hops, yeast, and water which was superior in both taste and quality.
Pretzels, sausages, salamis, Sauerkraut, and freshly baked bread on the white-blue-checkered picnic tables had already made us hungry when the aroma of the Schweinshaxe (roasted pork knuckle with crackling skin) and gingerbread hit our nostrils.
Overall, it was a slice of Bavaria in the heart of Beijing.
If you are in town this October and would like to experience this festival, then head to Paulaner Bräuhaus (we suggest a prior booking). Sing with Band Kulturerben or dance with Munich Kindl Showgirls while enjoying the authentic Bavarian dishes and beer with your friends and family.
Aside from their à la carte menu, they will also have special Sunday Oktoberfest Brunch on 15th, 22nd, and 29th October from 11:30am–4:00pm. (¥290 per person including soft/hot drinks and ¥428 per person including free-flow of beer). If you are planning to host a family or official party, Paulaner will customize upon request starting at ¥488 per person.
Kempinski Hotel Beijing, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu
Tel: 6465-3388 ext. 5731
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