Have you been staring in confusion at the hordes of youngsters in Lederhosen who seem to have descended on our fair city in recent days? Before you put it down to the latest incarnation of the hipster, let me remind you that the greatest festival known to humanity, Oktoberfest, the organised worship of beer and sausage, is back. Although centred primarily on Georges Dock, this year Guinness have decided to join the party with The Open Gate event at their iconic St James Gate Brewery, on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September.
A 2-day event, The Open Gate will see revellers enjoy a selection of beers, including the traditional German-style “Oktoberfestbier”. This particular brew comes courtesy of 3 native German Guinness brewers, Marcus Bengelstorff, Jasmin Winterer & Peter Vollrath, who have collaborated to give Dublin’s Jungens und Fräuleins (that’s young fellas and young wans in Dublinese) an authentic taste of Bavaria. Featuring some of Ireland’s finest German food producers, including Dublin’s Krüst Bakery, traditional German snacks will be served to accompany the free flowing beverages. A number of the beers may be available someday in your local pub, but many of them will never leave the walls of St James Gate, so all you die-hard-beer lovers out there: this is not a night you want to miss.
Tickets are €15 and include entry, a flight of beer and complimentary German nibbles, including pretzels and bratwurst sausage. Over 18’s only. See www.guinnessopengate.com for tickets and further information.