It’s that time of the year when you can’t help but be tempted to try out some beer as it’s Oktoberfest time. Yes you heard me right. Am talking about beer here and not wine. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that today; beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world.
The name Oktoberfest may be a little misleading as this popular beer fest really begins around mid-September every year and goes on till the first Sunday of October (with a few variations here and there). So much of the festivities actually take place in the month of September. A celebration which began to mark the wedding of the then Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810, it is a Bavarian tradition which is now celebrated all around the world.
Beer is really a “people’s drink”, free from the perceived snobbery associated with wine. More popular than wine in European countries where it is difficult to grow grapes due to cold weather like England, Germany (notwithstanding the Rieslings) Czech Republic, Scandinavia etc. it is making serious inroads even into traditional wine drinking nations. The popularity of “Craft Beer” is increasing by the day with more and more micro- breweries opening and doing a roaring business.
Keen to find out how Oktoberfest was being celebrated in Delhi-NCR, I decided to attend the one being held at Anya Hotel, a 5 star boutique luxury property situated opposite the DLF Golf Course on Golf Course Road, Gurgaon. A stylish and contemporary hotel it features a Beer Garden, an outdoor extension of its all day dining restaurant aptly named “Naya” which means new in Hindi.
For the Oktoberfest, along with some great deals on Beer (Erdinger, Stella Artois, Heineken, Carlsberg & Kingfisher) they are serving an extensive range of German sausages Bratwurst, Bockwurst (similar to Bratwurst but rather than pure meat it incorporates green onions, leeks and other vegetables), Nurnberger (Bratwurst from the city of Nurnberg and little smaller in size), Pork Kransky, Weisswurst (white sausage) Frankfurter (smoked sausage), Currywurst (popular at fast food joints & served with curry ketchup/ BBQ sauce) & Chicken Schnitzels. All these come with Pretzels, Saurkraut (literally translated as sour cabbage), potato wedges and delicious grain mustard. Nothing to beat the mustard and sausage combo. There is also the ubiquitous German Potato salad known as Kartoffelsalat in German.
So if you are in the mood to celebrate Oktoberfest I suggest you head to Anya Hotel Gurgaon. Even though you may not find women dressed in Drindls and the place may be lacking a Bavarian ambience, there is lots of beer to drink and some delicious sausages to eat
Oktoberfest is on till the 4th Of October 2015
42 Golf Course Road
Phone : +91 124 4901111