Thursday, October 29, 2015

Motor City Brew Tours Hosted A Special VIP German Beer Tasting At Walsh College Oktoberfest

Written by  Aimee West
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Walsh College alumni and students had a special treat during this years Oktoberfest, hosted by the Walsh Student Life Group. Motor City Brew Tours owners Stephen and Laura Johnson hosted a VIP German beer tasting event.
Laura and Stephen both showed up in traditional German Oktoberfest outfits which just added to the excitement and fun of the night.

With four beers and one hard cider Stephen planned a night of sampling and educating people about German beers. Stephen said they started the night with a Paulaner Oktoberfest that follows the (Reinheitsgebot) beer purity law of 1516. "It stated that it’s illegal to use any ingredients other than water, barley and hops in the making of beer. Germany adjusted the law to include yeast as a fourth ingredient in the 1800’s when Louis Pasteur discovered the role of yeast in fermentation. The law remained in Germany until 1987. Reinheitsgebot served as the oldest consumer protection law and a guarantee of beer quality throughout Germany."

Stephen went on to educate us, “Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, and brewed within the city limits of Munich, can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest.” He also mentioned that we have Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese to thank for Oktoberfest because it began with their Royal Wedding on Oct. 12, 1810. Today, this international festival draws nearly six million people over 16 days to Munich, from the third weekend in September until the first Sunday of October.

Mari Pionk, Walsh College Student Life Coordinator and Development Officer had nothing but wonderful things to say about Stephen and Laura and how much they contributed to the success of the night. “Stephen was a huge asset to making Oktoberfest a success. He has such a huge heart and {she} loves when alumni come back to support Walsh College.” We also talked about how much fun the event was and that she is looking forward to planning next year’s event already. She then mentioned that Stephen will be speaking to her students as a success story.

Stephen is definitely a success story, he has taken a small business idea and created not only a job for which he has a passion; but is also able to educate, entertain and inform with his vast knowledge.

For more information about hosting an event with Stephen and Laura, please see their website:

Images from Walsh College

Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.