Dust off the dirndl and lederhosen, serve up some würst and sip on some foamy märzens—it's Oktoberfest! Although the 16-day Munich festival began September 16, the celebration just getting started on this side of the pond.
This year marks the 180th Munich Oktoberfest, a festival that has morphed into a global affair. It's the world’s largest fair, with more some six million people expected to attend this year. Oktoberfest has been a Bavarian tradition since 1810 although not held every year because of reasons such as war, cholera epidemics and economic troubles. It began when crown prince Ludwig, who became king of Bavaria in 1825, married princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen. The festival continues to this day at the same location, Theresienwiese ("Theresa’s meadow").
In Germany, the only beers allowed at Oktoberfest are those that have a minimum ABV of 6 percent and are brewed within Munich city limits: Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner-Bräu, Hofbräu-München, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Dubbed märzen, these specialty brews have become one of the most popular seasonal beers in the United States, with plenty of craft breweries getting in on the fun. Two of PBI’s favorite breweries, Tequesta Brewing Co. and Due South Brewing Co., have specialty Oktoberfest brews set to be released, along with some rather fun happenings to boot. But for Palm Beach County’s biggest Oktoberfest party, the hat-tip goes to the American-German Club of the Palm Beaches—six fun-filled days of steins, würst and dirndl.
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Drink responsibly and plan ahead for transportation. Prost! (Cheers!).