Have you always dreamed of drinking beer from a giant mug and donning leather shorts in public? Then it’s time to start planning your Oktoberfest vacation now! Germany’s annual beer festival, known around the world as Oktoberfest runs from late September to early October. Here you can enjoy a liter of one of the exclusive Oktoberfest beers and try some of Munich’s best eats. But where did this celebration come from, you may ask?
Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the celebration of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen’s wedding day. The grounds where Oktoberfest resides is named after the Princess, Theresienwiese which mean’s Therese’s meadow. Often refereed to as just Wiesen by the locals.
On average over 7 million litres of beer are consumed every year at Oktoberfest. The celebration includes: amusement rides, games, traditional food and much more. Some of the most famous food served at Oktoberfest is Hendl (roast chicken), Würst (sausage), Bretzen (pretzel) and Käserspätzle (cheesy noodles). The festival is very family friendly during the day where soft music is played in the tents up until 6pm.
Beer is the main attraction at Oktoberfest so, let's discuss how a beer becomes an elite Oktoberfest beer. First, only beer coming from the Reinheitsgebot are allowed to be served at Oktoberfest. If you think Wisconsin is big on beer, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Reinheitsgebot is the official German beer law that regulates the purity of beer made throughout Deutschland. Secondly, the beer has to be brewed within the city limits of Munich. The following are the beer that currently meet this criteria: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spätenbräu, and Hofbräu-Munchen.
Having been to Oktoberfest myself, I highly suggest making this several week event part of your bucket list. The beer, even though you can buy many of these brands in the United States, is better than you could ever imagine. The food, is delicious and pairs well with any brew on tap. I suggest the sausage and sauerkraut paired with a Spatenbrau!
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