“Prost” is a German word for “cheers.” Pretzel goes well with a beer. 2015 is year 3 of Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant’s Oktoberfest celebration in the country. These are among the things I learned in the launching of Brotzeit’s Oktoberfest event last September 26 and they invited some bloggers (including yours truly) to help spread the word.
Brotzeit can be found in Shangri-la Plaza in Ortigas. If you are curious, “Brotzeit” is a Bavarian expression from “brot” meaning bread, and “zeit”, which is a German expression for a small meal or snack served with a tall glass of beer. Oktoberfest is a 16-day beer festival that originated in Bavaria, Germany. It is celebrated from late September to the first weekend of October. It would be exciting to experience it in its place of origin, but if you can’t make it happen yet then worry not because Brotzeit offers a good alternative.
The event started as early as 7PM and we were welcomed by Brotzeit’s PR and Media Relations officer, Rossana Unson. What happened is a mini festival with performances from a live band, some exciting games, and free-flowing beer, coupled with authentic Bavarian cuisine. Among the German dishes that Brotzeit offers for this celebration are the Oktoberfest classics, such as, Käsespätzle (German cheese noodles), Würstl (sausages) or the Sauerkraut (pickled red cabbage), and other Brotzeit’s specials. Other dishes that are served in the event are Backfisch (beer-battered fish served with baked potato wedges); the Jaegarschnitzel (a veal schnitzel with mushroom sauce); the Zweibelrostbraten, (a flank steak served with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables); and the Gebratenes Hunhchen (roasted chicken with your choice of sides). Nope, I did not just give you a tongue twister, but that’s German for you hahaha…
I am not a beer drinker, which I’ve already said here, in fact, I wasn’t able to finish my tall glass of beer.
But I sure enjoyed the food, starting with the Pretzel.
And this Oktoberfest Platter that has crispy oven-roasted pork knuckles, the best of Brotzeit’s sausage selection, honey Bavarian pork ribs, and two sides. Here’s a better photo of it courtesy of Brotzeit.
Now let me dissect this platter through this gallery.
As mentioned above, Brotzeit prepares games for their guests to participate in. Among the featured games are The Guzzler, a beer-drinking relay, The Server where contestants must hold 1-liter beer steins in their hands, arms outstretched, and the stacking game, participated in by women.
I’m still not a fan of beer, but Oktoberfest is one fun celebration that beer lovers and non-beer drinkers alike can enjoy. If you too want to join the festivity, head on to Brotzeit Shangri La on October 10 and Brotzeit Glorietta 4 in Makati on October 23.
Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant
Streetscape, Shangri-La Plaza,
Telephone no.: (02) 631-1489