DBKL pulls the plug on beer festival (updated)

  • Nation
  • Monday, 18 Sep 2017

PETALING JAYA: The Better Beer Festival, which has been held five years in a row, has been officially cancelled this year.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) confirmed it has rejected the organisers’ application to hold the event, which would have been Malaysia’s largest craft beer festival.

In a statement on Monday, DBKL corporate communications director Khalid Zakaria said that it received the organiser's application to host the event on Aug 28 but decided to reject the application.

"The application for the activity at the place, time and date was not approved. If the organiser goes ahead with the event, DBKL can take action," he said.

The Better Beer Festival was supposed to have taken place from Oct 6-7 at Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, featuring 250 different craft beers from 43 breweries worldwide.

The DBKL announcement came a week after PAS central committee member Dr Riduan Mohd Nor spoke out against the event, calling it a “pesta maksiat” (vice party) and claiming that it would turn Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.

“It is with disappointment that we, the organisers of The Better Beer Festival 2017, would like to announce that the festival, slated to be held on Oct 6 and 7, will not be proceeding as scheduled,” said festival organiser MyBeer, a craft beer distributor,

“At our meeting with DBKL officials, we were instructed to cancel our event as there are issues with the licensing.

“We were further informed that the decision was made due to the political sensitivity surrounding the event.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to our patrons, partners and sponsors, and thank you for your unwavering support over the last week,” the statement read.

The first Better Beer Festival in 2012, held at Taps Beer Bar in Changkat Bukit Bintang, drew about 200 people. Last October’s festival drew 3,500 craft beer lovers to Publika Shopping Gallery.

MyBeer had expected about 6,000 people to show up for this year’s festival.

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