1. Oktoberfest 2020 dates
Ordinarily, Oktoberfest is celebrated in September. It starts with ‘Tapping the barrel’ which last year was held on September 21st 2019 at midday.
This year, it is not on but you can still celebrate, find out how here!
2. Oktoberfest Munich
The Oktoberfest takes place every year in Munich in Germany. It is held on the largest fairground, the Theresienwiese, overlooked by the bronze, 18-metre-high Bavaria statue.
3. Official Oktoberfest beer
Oktoberfest beers can be quite hard to classify, but they are mostly lagers. However this can vary greatly. The beer has has changed greatly since the 1800s. The original Oktoberfest beer is a malted stock with about 6% alcohol. Today, Oktoberfest beer is slightly more golden than Helles but brewed with a stronger alcohol content. They no longer brew the amber brews made with Munich Malt we see in America. Many of the "Oktoberfest" beers intended to replicate actual Oktoberfest beers are based an older styles. Hence, many “Oktoberfest” beers are nothing like the real deal, served at the real Oktoberfest. There are only six breweries that brew pure Oktoberfest beer.
Oktoberfest beer is similar to a Märzen, it is a low fermentation beer. It is in fact strong and darker in colour than traditional beers
However, you can buy beers to celebrate at home here
4. What is a real Oktoberfest beer then? Who can call it 'Oktoberfest beer'?
Because Oktoberfest beer is a protected brand, only the traditional Munich breweries can call their beers Oktoberfest beer: Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Spatenbräu, Paulaner and Hofbräu.
Schneider Weisse, is a beer that was also available at Oktoberfest until the Second World War, when production stopped. They started brewing their original beer again, but now they call it Schneider Weisse Fest Weisse (TAP 4). Schoppebräu too, who are from Berlin smartly just call their brew, "This is not October**** beer".
5. What is the strongest Oktoberfest beer? Hofbräu - but beware!
- At 6.3% ABV, the Oktoberfest beer from Hofbräu is the highest in alcohol.
- The lowest alcohol content comes from Hacker Pschorr with 5.8%.
- All the other Oktoberfest breweries fall somewhere in between: Spatenbräu at 5.9%, Paulaner and Augustiner with 6.0% and Löwenbräu with 6.1% alcohol.
Disclaimer: If you are attending in future years, you may not notice how strong the beer is until it’s too late - so best to drink slowly.
6. How should you hold a beer at Oktoberfest?
Beer glasses at Oktoberfest contain a litre of beer, and if you want to do it properly, you must hold it by the handle. If you’re doing it correctly, you’ll notice a bruise on the top side of your hand the next day.
Being a server at Oktoberfest is, as you can imagine, is a tough job. They have to carry between 7 and 12 glasses at once from morning to night, for 16 days at a time. But it’s not all bad: rumour has it they can earn up to €10,000 in 16 days.
7. Oktoberfest beer prices
50 years ago, the price for a half pint of beer was around £1. If you went to the festival demanding that kind of price today, you’d probably be thrown out of most tents. Nowadays it’s £10 or £11 a beer at the event - even if you choose to drink it from your shoe.
As no one can attend Oktoberfest 2020 anyway, why not check out the beers we are offering for our very own Beerwulf Beer Fest? You will miss the hustle and bustle of the tents but no long queues and better value beers!