DELICIOUS: Brass Monkey Brew House owner Tracey Butler with the four speciality beers available for Oktoberfest celebrations.
DELICIOUS: Brass Monkey Brew House owner Tracey Butler with the four speciality beers available for Oktoberfest celebrations. Amy Kadel

Taste of Germany on Granite Belt

STANTHORPE will be able to experience the taste of Germany without leaving the Granite Belt, thanks to Brass Monkey Brewery's Oktoberfest celebration held Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next.

This will be the first Oktoberfest celebration hosted by Brass Monkey Brew House owners Ernie and Tracey Butler, who said they were very excited about the event.

"We're looking forward to it, it should be really good," Mr Butler said.

"It should give people a feel for German beer and food without having to go to Germany."

To make the celebration of Oktoberfest even more special, Brass Monkey Brew House have four speciality German beers available.

"We're going to have four dedicated German beers on," said Mr Butler.

The first of the beers is a kolsch, a light, easy drinking ale.

There will also be an easy drinking pilsner style beer, an altbier which is a dark ale and finally an Oktoberfest/ Munich lager, or a malty lager.

"This has more malt in it than the other ones," Mr Butler said.

The day will also include German food to tie it all together.

"For the food part of it we're having homemade smoked German bratwurst sausage with homemade sauerkraut," Mr Butler said.

"All themed around the German Oktoberfest feast."

The Oktoberfest celebrations will take place this weekend and the following, and Mr Butler said they wanted to celebrate the way their beer was made.

"We brew our beer to the German purity law," he said.

"In Germany they brew their beer to a purity law so it's all naturally brewed.

"We're highlighting those beers."

Not only is the food and beer home-made, but they are also using local ingredients where they can.

"We try to use local stuff where we can, so we're using local cabbages for the sauerkraut," Mr Butler said.

"We're also making the sausages ourselves."

They will also be using locally grown hops soon for their beer.

"We've just gone into a contract with a local hops supplier, so that will be grown locally and we'll be able to use locally grown hops after the end of the summer," Mr Butler said.

There is no entry fee and while walk ins are welcome on the day, Mr Butler does recommend booking.

"Reservations will guarantee a table," he said.

Brass Monkey Brew House is open from 10am-6pm. Food will be available from 11am.

To reserve your seat call Brass Monkey Brew House on 0488967401.

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