Kyushu Oktoberfest in Mojiko

Mojiko Retro Beer in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka is hosting the Kyushu Oktoberfest by its scenic facilities this coming October 5th to 8th with other regional breweries. According to the organizers, it’s the first of its kind in Japan to try to faithfully recreate the spirit of the original in Munich. There are many Oktoberfests across Japan, actually, but vendors often serve whatever they like, and the beer styles are all over the map. Most people are fine with that. The participants of this one decided to remain truer to Munich’s traditions, though.

The four Kyushu breweries–Kirishima Beer, Kumamoto Craft Beer, Hideji Beer and Mojiko Retro–began brewing Oktoberfest beers (in the Märzen style) back in March. Guests will be able to try them side by side with their German counterparts. The German beers served will be from among Munich’s big six: Spaten, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu and Löwenbräu. (TBD)

In addition to the great selection of genuine Oktoberfest beer, the Kyushu breweries will be offering some of their original craft beers. Guests can also expect to find an array of delicious Kyushu food as well as German treats like pretzels and thick sausages. And what’s an Oktoberfest without music? There will most certainly be live festival music.

Let’s take a closer look at the special beer the four breweries have brewed for the event. Traditionally these lagers are intended only for the period of Oktoberfest. Märzen beers are typically malty with hues ranging from straw-colored to red. The maltiness really comes through in the aroma, too. Alcohol levels are around 6%–a little on the strong side. The rich flavor should go nicely with the cool autumn weather.

For those who have never been, Mojiko Retro is located in a historic port area, and the brewery is situated on the water. From this northern corner of Kyushu, you can look across the windy strait to Yamaguchi prefecture on the Honshu side. There are many plazas and open spaces around the brewery, and the city expects to host 20,000 people for the extravaganza. Will you be one of them?

Dates: October 5th to 8th
Times: 11am to 9pm (from 5pm the 1st day)
Cost: varies depending on the beer or food
More info: https://kyushu-okfes.com/

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