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The Ultimate Guide to Hosting an Oktoberfest Party at Home

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Oktoberfest 2017 runs from 16 September - 3 October and I can't wait! We celebrated with a special Oktoberfest meal at the Broad Chare last year and it certainly gave us the Oktoberfest bug. The Broad Chare will be running this menu again from 5-13 October if you fancy trying it yourself.


I'd love, love, love to visit the official festival in Munich  but that trip will have to remain on our travel bucket list for now. Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival and traveling funfair. Held in Munich on an annual basis, more than 6 million people attend from around the world each year. Wow that's a lot of people! Over 7 million litres of beer are served throughout the festival and visitors can enjoy traditional German food, fairground rides, side stalls and games.

If like us, you'll be celebrating in the UK, check out Hofmeister's guide to where to find genuine Bavarian Helles Lager below:
Where To Find Hofmeister This Oktoberfest

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How to Celebrate Oktoberfest at Home 


Unfortunately, we can't make it to Germany this year but all is not lost and we're planning on throwing a mini Oktoberfest party at home instead. We're stocking up on our new favourite German beer, Hofmeister which is slow brewed to perfection in the heart of the Bavarian forest. We've sampled a few bottles over the past few weeks in the run up to this post and I have to say, Hofmeister may actually be my new favourite drink. It's super light and goes down very easily. I'd describe it as easy drinking, refreshing and not too hoppy. 


I like to drink my beer straight from the bottle but if you'd like to drink like a pro and pour it the Bavarian way, Hofmeister has produced a handy guide to pouring the perfect beer here. Apparently, if you pour your beer into a glass like this you'll release more aromas. I still prefer to drink straight from a chilled bottle and I'd love to hear if you think it tastes better from a glass. 




Of course, you'll also need some awesome Oktoberfest food to enjoy with your Bavarian beer. I highly recommend baking your own Pretzels - they honestly go so well with beer! Or if you'd really like to push the boat out, you can maybe create your own show stopping Black Forest Gateau. You can even get the kids involved and make Birnenfannjuchen - a traditional German Pear & Ginger Pancake. Here's an easy recipe to follow from Hodge Podge Days. 



Check out this site for lots more traditional Oktoberfest recipes - you'll find everything from Strudel to Sauerkraut and Bratwurst. 

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I love these Oktoberfest props and costumes which will definitely add a little bit of fun to your party! 

 


You can find Oktoberfest playlists on Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. 

Oktoberfest Giveaway 


The lovely folk at Hofmeister have provided us with not one but two cases of Hofmeister Helles Lager to giveaway to one lucky winner. Obviously, you need to be over 18 to enter this giveaway and please drink responsibly! UK entries only. Enter via rafflecopter below. Daily entry is available via Twitter.



Terms and Conditions:

*Prize is 2 x cases of Hofmeister beer (24 x 330ml bottles in total)
*Strictly over 18s only. Please drink responsibly
 *UK Mainland Postage is included.  No refunds will be given. There is no cash alternative.
*Giveaway ends midnight 24/9/17. One winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and notified via email.
*Giveaway excludes employees and family members associated with Egmont Publishing and North East Family Fun



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  1. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer.

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  2. The mineral water used to brew the beer comes from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg Forest

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  3. it tells me you use natural mineral water and locally grown barley and hops

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  4. I like to drink this from a glass as I like the generous foamy head that Helles Lagers are famous for! It's lip licking good!!

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  5. mineral water used to brew the beer comes from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg Forest

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  6. Hofmeister is brewed in the heart of Bavaria.

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  7. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law

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  8. I LOVE lager/beer and all the other ungirly type drinks that my friends tend to laugh at me for while they sip their wines etc. Will defo look into hosting my own little soiré tho!

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  9. family owned on the edge of a bavarian forest

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  10. They only use pure mineral water from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg Forest x

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  11. i WAS SUPRISED TO LEARN Hofmeister is not made by or with bears

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  12. it's made with only 3 ingredients x

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  13. Only 3 ingredients are used to make it

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  14. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law,

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  15. Hofmeister is made using only three ingredients, pure mineral water, locally grown barley and award-winning hops.

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  16. Hofmeister is brewed in the heart of Bavaria.

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  17. it's made with only 3 ingredients

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  18. Hofmeister is made following the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law allowing only barley, hops and water to be used. This makes great beer, although it was originally introduced to reserve wheat and rye supplies for bakers, and not brewers.

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  19. Only 3 ingredients are used to make it

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  20. 3 ingredients are used to make the beer, pure mineral water,award-winning hops and locally grown barley

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  21. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law

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  22. It is brewed in the heart of Bavaria

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  23. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law,

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  24. The bear's left handed made from 3 ingredients

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  25. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law

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  26. That Hofmeister Helles Lager is slow-brewed colder and longer than most other beers today

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  27. Made in the heart of Bavaria using natural mineral water and locally grown barley and hops

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  28. Hofmeister is brewed in Bavaria!

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  29. Awesome giveaway! And brill blog post. Love Oktoberfest. I want to go to the real one one day too. You know I love the Broad Chare, it's one of our fave restaurants and I loved their Oktoberfest menu last year. Really hope they do that Black Forest gateaux again as it was divine. Thanks for telling me the time, I've just put babysitter requests in for that weekend now!

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  30. mineral water used to brew the beer comes from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg Forest

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  31. That it contains only three ingredients. Pure mineral water, locally grown barley and hops.

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  32. made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law

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  33. Only 3 ingredients are used to make it.

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  34. That it's brewed in Bavaria using local hops

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  35. it's made with only 3 ingredients

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  36. surpprised that its brewed to a BREWING PURITY LAW

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  37. They only use 3 ingredients to make it

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  38. mineral water used to brew the beer comes from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg Forest

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  39. It's best served in a straight sided glass.

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  40. Hofmeister is brewed in the heart of Bavaria

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  41. Hofmeister formed part of the original shortlist of ten in The Grocer's Bring Back a Brand campaign in 2012 which was launched to find the UK's most fondly remembered brands.

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  42. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer.

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  43. Made from only 3 ingredients. Does that mean no hangover I wonder?

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  44. "While our Helles is fantastic straight from the bottle, pour it the Bavarian way and you’ll release a whole world of hoppy aromas and classic maltiness" I'd quite like one now ;)

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  45. That it adheres to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law

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  46. One of only 4 Bavarian breweries out of 600 to have slow brewing accreditation

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  47. Made in the heart of Bavaria using natural mineral water and locally grown barley and hops, our new Hofmeister Helles Lager is slow-brewed colder and longer than most other beers today - much as I like beer, I am no expert but I'm wondering what slow-brewed lager tastes like now. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES, thanks for the lovely giveaway :o)

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  48. Made with pure mineral water x

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  49. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer

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  50. It's slow-brewed colder and longer than most other beers today

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  51. It is only made with three ingredients x

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  52. Only 3 ingredients are used to make it

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  53. Pour it the Bavarian way and you’ll release a whole world of hoppy aromas and classic maltiness.

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  54. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law!

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  55. 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law - interesting that it was thought important enough to have a law about then. And that it's still important too.

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  56. it is made in the heart of Bavaria using natural mineral water and locally grown barley and hops

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  57. That its best drunk from a glass to release the aromas

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  58. I now know itscrafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law

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  59. The mineral water used to brew the beer comes from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg Forest

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  60. It uses pure mineral water from an underground lake beneath the Ebersberg forest

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  61. I have learnt that by brewing Hofmeister slower and colder than many other lagers you get a depth of taste and gentle carbonation!!

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  62. Some of the UK’s best Beer Experts and Trade gurus from giving it plaudits left, right and centre.

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  63. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer.

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  64. Slow-brewed in Germany and crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law

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  65. That they use only 3 ingredients to make the beer

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  66. Hofmeister Beer is crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law

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  67. I can buy it in the UK1 Follow the bear!!

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  68. By brewing Hofmeister slower and colder than many other lagers we won’t mention, we get a depth of taste and gentle carbonation many others just can’t achieve.

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  69. family owned on the edge of a bavarian forest

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  70. Helles Lager is slow-brewed colder and longer than most other beers today.

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  71. It uses locally grown barley malted in their own malthouse.

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  72. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer.

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  73. It is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law.

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  74. they only use hops from the award-winning Hallertau region

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  75. That it contains only three ingredients. Pure mineral water, locally grown barley and hops.

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  76. They only use 3 things to make it.

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  77. out of the 600 breweries they are only one of four that slow brew their beer to perfection

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  78. Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer.

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  79. "Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer." I think that's really cool.

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  80. It was crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law

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  81. It's crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  82. Only 3 ingredients are used to produce such a great taste!

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  83. The fact that it's made in Bavaria surprised me. I'm sure that Hofmeister was made in the UK but given a German sounding name to make it sound authentic. The fact that production has now switched to where it pretended to be is really interesting.

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  84. It is crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law

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  85. They are one of only four Bavarian breweries out of more than 600 to be Slow-Brewed Accredited

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  86. It is made with only 3 ingredients

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  87. Hofmeister is brewed in the heart of Bavaria.

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  88. Slow-brewed in Germany and crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law.

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  89. It is made using only pure water, barley and hops. (All beer should be made this way, but some beers, especially American beers, have all sorts of unnatural ingredients.)

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  90. It's brewed in the heart of Bavaria!

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  91. The are one of only four Bavarian breweries out of more than 600 to be Slow-Brewed Accredited.

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  92. crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law

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  93. that it's made with only 3 ingredients

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  94. They only use 3 things to make it. x

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