Oktoberfest & microbreweries
Did you know, Oktoberfest actually begins in September! If you want to celebrate beer in Nairobi, we’ve got some great microbreweries for you to try. Looking for a local pale ale, pilsner, seasonal brew, or ale? Check out these establishments:
Brew Bistro Rooftop
The second Brew Bistro outlet to open in Nairobi, this location takes its decor-inspiration from a German beer garden. A dance floor, high tables made of wood and steel and a continental menu make this location ideal for a great night out. Brew Bistro brews five core beers and several seasonal varieties. Visit during happy hour for music, buy one get one free on beers and a view of the Nairobi skyline.
Fortis Tower, Westlands, Nairobi, www.eatout.co.ke/nairobi/brew-bistro-roof-top
A modern interpretation of a classical French brasserie: head chef, master brewer and CEO Ian Murungi took decor-inspiration from a trip to New York. Murungi has created a series of Sierra brews for his restaurant; brewed according to the German Purity Law, which states that beers must be brewed using four ingredients, malt, water, hops and yeast. Visit for a steak from Murungi’s farm.
yaya Centre, Hurlingham, www.eatout.co.ke/nairobi/sierra-brasserie
To pour a perfect beer, hold your glass at a 45 degree angle, aim the beer targeting the middle of the slope of the glass. At the halfway point, return the glass to a 90 degree angle to form the head of the beer (ideally one to one and a half inches).
Did you know?
The tradition of Oktoberfest began in 1810 to honour the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Thérese von Sachsen-Hildburhausen. Originally, the festivities began on 12 October (hence the name) but dates were pushed back into September to coincide with warmer weather. Traditionally, the last weekend of Oktoberfest was always in the month of October; this tradition holds true to date.