And just like everything Newstead does, it did not disappoint.
Gotta love that take home stein glass.
Starting with the beer, there were two beers brewed by Newstead specifically for Oktoberfest. Kaiser Sauer is a mouth puckering sour ale, and Kaiser Schwein a very smoky and rich rauchbier with interesting flavours all the way through. I tried these beers first and second, which was probably not the wisest decision but I wanted to give them a go before the days festivities took the best of my taste-buds (and sensibilities).
They also put a couple of Weihenstephaner beers on tap, the Pils and the Hefe that always go down a treat. As well as Croft Brewing Co's Quick Draw which is a smoked helles that I hadn't had before. The Newstead rauchbier was intense with the smoky flavours while the helles was much more subtle (but equally as tasty).
As far as food went, we ate like kings and there is absolutely no chance that anyone would have left hungry. From the bread and pretzels on the table when we got there, to the continuous amounts of meat and sides that kept coming out. Highlights for me were the selection of sausages (that cheese kransky was amazing), and the pork schnitzel.
Musical entertainment was provided by these fellows who did a great job in getting the crowed into the Oktoberfest spirit. There were chicken dances, horn blowing contests, and a whole lot of fun.
Tickets were just over $80 and that included all the food that came out, four refills of the stein glass, the live entertainment and you got to take the glass home at the end of the day too. It's great when you can go out to an event and not have to worry about money. There should be more events like that.
I sit here feeling a little tender but all in all Oktoberfest at Newstead Brewing Co was an great day and one I'd recommend to anyone. The beers were excellent, the food was awesome, the place was alive and everyone was having an amazing time.
Thank you for reading, and as always, drink good beer.