October 2018

What’s in Store at Burnley This Oktoberfest


Dust of your lederhosen or don your dirndl because Burnley Brewing is transforming into a slice of Munich from October 4 to October 21. To truly transport their brewpub from Burnley to Bavaria, we’ll be showcasing unique Oktoberfestbiers from different moments in German history.

Michael Stanzel, our head brewer, is leading this initiative, and very well suited to do so. He spent several years brewing professionally in Germany before joining the Burnley team, and subsequently has an intense love for true-to-style German beers.

We will be releasing a whopping six traditionally-brewed lagers to celebrate Oktoberfest. This is a big task, as lagers are notoriously difficult to make, but allowing Melburnians the opportunity to sample a range of “real” German festbiers, served in steins no less, makes it all worth it.

We will be pouring three beers on Thursday 4 October to kick off the event, and the following three will be available on Friday 5 October.

The beers we’ll have available are as follows:


But it’s not truly an Oktoberfest without a menu that would suit the best German beer halls.

The Burnley Brewing kitchen is preparing a rotating roster of specials including Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Weisswurst, Wiener Schnitzel, Bretzels (not pretzels!) and the largest roast chickens this side of Bavaria.

Other festival highlights include:

– Games, giveaways, and best-dressed competitions every Saturday for those in lederhosen or dirndl

– 2-for-1 steins for anyone who dresses up!

– A free lager masterclass for home-brewers with Michael, on Monday 8 October from 6pm

– Live oompah music to finish off the festivities, on Saturday 20 October from 2pm

– Throughout the celebration – German photo booths, trivia, board games, food specials, steins and other jolly things.

– But mostly, it’s the beer. Prost!

Sincerely, Burnley