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Think you know your stuff about the famous festival? Let’s put that to the test! Keep on reading to discover some fun and downright weird facts about Oktoberfest.
- Oktoberfest isn’t actually in October
Anyone who’s been to the popular Munich festival might already know this, but anybody else may think it’s a little odd. In later years, it was moved to run through most of September and finish in early October, supposedly to make the most of the better weather.
- It’s very traditional
The party’s been going on since 1810! Plus, it’s only ever been cancelled a handful of times due to unusual circumstances or uncontrollable factors (much like this year).
- It all started from two royal lovebirds
The first Oktoberfest wasn’t simply a beer festival; it was actually a wedding party! It was to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
- What’s Wiesn?
Wiesn is essentially another name for Oktoberfest. It comes from Theresienwiese, the name of the official grounds of the festival. Now you know, so next time you’re there you won’t find yourself asking ‘what’s Wiesn?’
- The servers are pretty skilled
The servers at the festival (which employs roughly 13,000 people) can carry trays with 10 one-litre beer glasses on them at once! We don’t recommend trying this at home though (unless you like ale-covered carpets…)
- The mayor taps the first keg
In keeping with tradition, no one can lift a pint until the mayor taps the first keg and yells ‘O zapft is!’ It’s been this way since 1950. For anyone who doesn’t fancy beer for their first drink, you can find a tent serving wine instead.
- It’s not just for tourists
While drinkers from across the world travel to Munich for the festival each year, it’s still very much loved by the Germans themselves. In fact, international visitors only make up around 19% of all attendees.
- Churchgoers won’t miss out here
Religion might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the biggest beer bash around. It’s true, though; they hold a mass every first Thursday of Oktoberfest in the Hippodrome tent.
- It’s fun for the whole family
Want to bring the kids along to Oktoberfest? Well, why not? It’s not exclusively for adults, as children are more than welcome, too. They can enjoy the amazing fairground, which has a huge Ferris wheel, as well as lots of games and rides.
- You might spot a few famous faces
Loads of well-known celebrities have made an appearance here over the years, including Usain Bolt, Richard Branson and even Kim Kardashian. However, the strangest might just be Albert Einstein, who worked at the festival in 1896.
So, how many of these fascinating facts did you know? Why not share this on your social media platforms and see how knowledgeable your mates are? Then, check out our other blog posts to help you throw your very own Oktoberfest-at-home this year. Cheers!
We know that lots of our lager-loving customers are a bit gutted that Oktoberfest 2020 is cancelled. However, throwing your own version of this event could be a blessing in disguise if you’re teetotal. After all, you can ogle at a huge range of “near beers” available online and order them straight to your door.
Read on to discover our favourite low and zero ABV German beverages, so you can celebrate this popular Volksfest at home with some mighty fine drinks!
Nowadays, there’s no need to miss out on the hoppy goodness of a perfect pint, as alcohol-free options are getting better and better! You can glug back a glass and it’ll taste just like the original – yay.
German breweries have led the way for no and low-alcohol beverages that truly match up to the real deal. This country has a large population of ale aficionados, meaning they know a thing or two about creating great-tasting alternatives! Try an ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, for a modern take on a traditional type of wheat beer.
A Selection of Styles
Only certain kinds of brews are served at Oktoberfest (it’s certainly exclusive). So, as we’re celebrating at home this year, use this time to explore the whole range of styles that Germany has to offer. Yep, you can still do that while steering clear of the sauce!
There’s a huge selection to choose from, like the Bitburger Drive 0.0% Alkoholfreies Pils. If you prefer a pale ale, opt for a glass of BRLO Naked. Perhaps you fancy something a little sweeter? Grab a juicy can of Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, the 2.5% ABV means you won’t need to worry about overdoing it.
Maybe you and your family are teetotal, or you simply want to enjoy a socially distanced Bavarian bash after work? Well, when you crack open some non-alcoholic bottles between the lot of you, you’ll have a brilliant night but also wake up with crystal clear heads the next day!
Take a peek at our Alcohol-Free Mixed Beer Case, which features a fantastic mix of German and international brands for you to slurp. It’s even easier to order drinks that everyone will love, thanks to the wide variety included in each pack.
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Now that you’re all clued up on how to put together an alcohol-free fest in 2020, it’s time to share this knowledge with your teetotal mates and start the party!
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Sadly, Oktoberfest isn’t going ahead in Munich this year. Believe us, we’re as tearful as you are! Thankfully, we live in the digital age, so if we can’t visit the festival we’ve all been waiting for, we can recreate it instead. What a plan!
We’ve thought of some great ways to share the love and continue the festivities. Check out our helpful tips on how to reinvent this iconic celebration from the comfort of your living room.
Make sure your laptops, tablets or phones are fully charged because trust us, you do not want to miss out. PROST!
Let the Games Begin…
Of course, this Volksfest famously celebrates brilliant Bavarian beers and tasty food, but it’s loved for the thriving community feel that it creates. This brew-tastic gathering just wouldn’t be the same without experiencing it with your chums. So, to host your own event, ensure you set a date, choose a cracking video app and get the drinks in for the occasion.
We’d recommend planning a virtual “pub crawl”, where you and your mates can hop between each Munich hotspot together. Organise a handful of authentic games, too, such as a yodelling competition or a stein race (carrying as many bottles as possible, rather than glasses)!
If you’re hosting this bodacious bonanza, you need to free up your schedule to craft an event your pals will never forget!
Send your meeting link or video call invite to your ale-aficionados nice and early, either on WhatsApp or by text, so that they can easily jump in when the day arrives.
Set the Scene
Zoom and countless other video apps are designed with your virtual dreams in mind, providing jazzy backgrounds to add to your call.
Whether you’re after an image of crazy crowds behind you or are organising a “pub crawl”, you’ll feel as though you’re at your desired locations by choosing wild backdrops to fit in with your festivities – perfect!
Beers at the Ready
No Oktoberfest bash is complete without fabulous friends to share it with, as well as a mighty selection of hops to slurp down.
We don’t mean to brag, but Beerhunter has an awesome collection of themed beverage bundles for you to enjoy, helping you #steinathome with traditional pints (and glasses, too). Order the goods in advance and virtually “cheers” to your own version of this fine festival!
What are you waiting for? Change into your lederhosen and let the fun commence!
You may be socialising at home, but you still must drink and think responsibly. Remember to have a glass of water to stay hydrated in between beers and never, under any circumstances, drink and drive.
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Scan the oodles of blog posts we’ve written for other excellent reads on how to #steinathome this month.
Plus, don’t forget to follow our social media channels! You can interact with fellow party-goers, win exciting prizes and keep up-to-date on the buzz associated with this charming celebration. Or, simply shop our range of Oktoberfest brews, now.
Although this year’s event is cancelled, we thought we’d encourage our customers to #steinathome, by helping you throw a (socially-distanced) Oktoberfest-themed party.
What will you need for this celebration of steins? Well, while this fantastic festival is famous for its brilliant beers, it’s also known for its incredible atmosphere. So, if you’re going to host your own Bavarian bash, you’ll have to recreate it for yourself!
Want to find out how? No problem; here’s everything you should know about making your home look, sound and feel like Oktoberfest.
Choose the Right Music
A party isn’t quite complete without a proper playlist, and Oktoberfest is no different. Music really is a central part of this Volksfest. So, picking the right tunes is crucial when remaking that unmistakable Bavarian atmosphere.
If you’re hoping to give your celebration an authentic sound, you might want to leave out the rock and pop hits on this occasion. While there are a wide variety of live performances across the festival, it’s German folk and Oompah bands that form the traditional soundtrack.
You’ll discover oodles of tracks on Spotify and YouTube Music by searching for “Oktoberfest music”. Just select one of the countless playlists, then link your phone to your speakers. You’ll be dancing like you’re in Munich in no time!
If you want your festivities to be the spitting image of the official Oktoberfest, it’ll have to look like it. Luckily, there is a bunch of stuff you can do to match the real thing!
The key is to drape your walls in chequered blue and white bunting, German flags and colourful streamers. Don’t disregard the tableware, either! Pick up some paper plates and cups which fit in with the colour scheme and dress your tables in matching covers.
These decorations are pretty easy to come across, too. In fact, they’re available from most online party shops, making it simple for you to transform your house.
Perfect Your Apparel
The finishing touch to all of this? You! Almost everyone who attends the festivities wears lederhosen or dirndl. To recreate the true atmosphere, the final piece of the puzzle is your attire. Don’t hesitate to get that dress code nailed; dressing up is great fun and ties everything together!
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This Oktoberfest, don’t dwell on the fact that you can’t jet off to Munich for the real deal. Instead, throw your own socially-distanced soirée with the help of us lot at Beerhunter.
Where should you start? Well, after you’ve chosen the best beers, you’ll have to think about food. Keep reading to find out the right snacks for your Oktoberfest-themed party, with a few ideas from the experts.
A Couple of Our Favourites
What could be better than a handful of salty pretzel pieces washed down with a refreshing pint? These pleasing pastries are beloved amongst Munich’s festival-goers, making them a great choice for your buffet table. Snyder’s Pretzel Bites offer a great twist on this old classic – choose the jalapeño flavour for an extra kick that you can still taste even after a brew or two.
Nuts are another popular option throughout the Volksfest. If you want to look like you really know your stuff, grab a packet of Bier Nuts to chomp on. Each flavour is created to go with certain drinks, giving you a bit of expertise to show off to your family. The classic version of these crunchy peanuts pairs perfectly with a pilsner or lager.
So, What Do the Experts Think?
Don’t just take our word for it though; we contacted some of the UK’s top suppliers of German foods to get their advice on what to tuck into during your day of steins and snacks.
Michael Juska, Managing Director of The Sausage Man, recommends serving something that’s both simple and traditional: “Some of our favourite Oktoberfest dishes at The Sausage Man are also the most traditional and easy to recreate at home.
“The glorious platter of German sausages, bratwurst, Krakauer and Weisswurst, served on a bed of tangy sauerkraut are perfect for sharing with friends and family.
“For a real meaty affair, the pork knuckle is also a traditional Bavarian favourite. It’s usually served with potato dumplings and sauerkraut and looks fantastic served up together—almost as good as it tastes!”
Juska adds that there are options for your pals who are on a vegan or gluten-free diet, too: “All our sausages are gluten-free, except for our popular Vegan Hot Dog; a perfectly smoky alternative that works great in a bun topped with ketchup or mustard.”
Meanwhile, Andrea from German Deli has an answer for those looking to begin the festivities early: “Start your Oktoberfest off right with a plate of Weisswurst. Pair it with sweet mustard (we love Händlmaier Hausmacher Senf) and you’ve got the perfect Bavarian breakfast.
“Throughout the day, make sure you’ve got a pack of Laugenbrezeln to hand. These authentic, German soft pretzels fresh from the oven are great for snacking in between meals. Of course, you should then whip up some Obatzda, a soft cheese dip and beer garden classic, to spread on them.”
Let’s Get Started!
Now, you’ve got the insider knowhow to create an authentic Bavarian bash without leaving your house. You won’t even need to go out to buy your beverages either, as you can order a case with next-day delivery from us (if you don’t know which to choose, check out our previous blog post).
Why not encourage your mates to have their own celebrations, too? Share this article with them and see who comes up with the best spread. Then, be sure to follow us on social media for more fun Oktoberfest content.
Oktoberfest 2020 might be officially cancelled, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t all celebrate from the comfort of our homes with a cheeky tipple or two! This year, we’re encouraging our loyal customers to throw their own socially-distanced parties.
Better yet, we’re on hand to help you put together your perfect celebration and that starts with choosing some delicious drinks. Simply put, you can’t have an Oktoberfest without the right beverages. Read on to discover the best beers for your Bavarian bash, so that you too can #steinathome.
Grab an Authentic Festbier
If you’re going to create a truly traditional Oktoberfest theme, you’d better keep it authentic and get your hands on some Festbier. Not heard of it? Don’t worry; Festbier is the name given to the beers that are actually served at Oktoberfest in Munich! Many breweries have their own version, including ABK and Weihenstephaner, both of which are well worth sampling.
It’s a strong Helles which is golden in colour and has a distinctive flavour – tasty! This shouldn’t be confused with Märzenbier, though, a lager that used to be sold at the festival. Glug back a glass of this stuff and let the aromas take you back to 2019’s festival…
Sip on a Refreshing Weissbier
Why not step away from your usual lager and try something new this year? Order a case of this German favourite, wheat beer. Consisting of 50 percent wheat balanced out with barley, this makes a refreshing change from your average drink.
Try the hoppy and bitter bottles from Erdinger, or go for a slightly sweet style from Löwenbräu – these hearty brews are Bavarian through and through.
Mix it up at Home
Does everyone in your household have differing tastes? That shouldn’t stop you all enjoying a pint together. You can pick up a mixed pack to share between you, which is full of a range of flavours, or opt for a tasting kit if you’re new to these Bavarian brews.
Choose the Oktoberfest 2020 Limited Edition Mixed Case with Glass Stein and you’ll get eight different bottles delivered to your door, along with an official branded stein! This way, you can try out a variety of the original styles and breweries, while ensuring there’s something for everybody at the same time.
So, go ahead and browse our selection of fantastic Oktoberfest offerings and order now, just in time to start the party.
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