Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Authentic?


Manchester Food and Drink Festival is a bit of annual fun which culminates in various eating and drinking events in St Annes Square in front of the impressive Town Hall. This year Robinson's will have a pub and there will be a Bavarian Beer Keller as a tribute to Munich's Oktoberfest. Sounds like fun, with a load of German beers to swig while being oompahed along the way. Not quite. The sole beer will be Veltins Pils. I quote "This year we're creating a full-on Bier Keller on the Square - the perfect Autumn pop-up drinking destination. There'll be Bavarian beers provided by Veltins, one of Germany's oldest and most established Braueries, and steins of their refreshing pilsner will be the order of the day

So what I hear you cry? One small problem. Veltins hail from Meschede in North Rhine Westphalia, not Bavaria.  I know it won't matter to most, but surely if they want it to be Bavarian, rather than just German, they could have got beer from Bavaria?

After all, there is around 640 breweries to ask.

Still a lot of fun though and worth a look if in the area.

10 comments:

Bailey said...

I bet one of the local breweries could have knocked up a convincing helles, too.

Adrian Tierney-Jones said...

It’s just fecking lazy — coming next time, an authentic gueuze festival featuring beers from Tasmania.

Cooking Lager said...

No skol?

teninchwheels said...

Careful what you wish for - any 'Bavarian' event in the UK usually has nowt but Paulaner.

Adrian Tierney-Jones said...

Cooking — you’ll find plenty of Skol in Brazil and Africa, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see it being passed off as Bavarian. I’m working on a cheese festival in which I will be passing off pork belly as authentic Stilton. It should work.

RedNev said...

I recall an "authentic" Bavarian Oktoberfest event at which the only beer was Grünhalle, brewed in the Bavarian town of Warrington by Greenall's.

Tyson said...

I suppose it's all in the name-Veltins Oktoberfest.

Tyson said...

Nev

I remember something similar.

Mark said...

Unfortunately the vast majority of people won't think twice about it. And, for that reason, they'll get away with it.

Rob Nicholson said...

Link didn't work for me. It's:

http://foodanddrinkfestival.com