Germany is most notably known as a country with great beer. Almost a decade ago, my father’s German family owned their own beergarden. Unfortunately, the beergarden is no longer owned and run by my family. My father’s relatives escaped the rough life they had in Germany during the war and moved to New York for a better life. My father’s grandmother was left behind and was extremely furious with them so she decided to leave the beergarden to her help to run. To this day, I do not know what happened to the beergarden.
Germany’s most famous beer festival called Oktoberfest (known by the locals as Wiesn) officially begins tomorrow. This year’s festival marks the 172nd time the event has been held. Even though the festival is called Oktoberfest, a majority of the festival is held during the month of September because the weather is usually more pleasant. The festival starts on September 17th and ends on October 3rd. It begins when Christian Ude, the major of Munich, taps the first barrel of beer and officially opens the World’s largest festival. Fourteen tents are set up along Wirtsbudenstrasse with choices from the Hofbraeu Festzelt to the Loewenbraeu-Festhalle. The tents are full of people situated at long wooden tables, who raise their beers to toast while they rock back and forth to the music. Each year, Oktoberfest is attended by approximately 6 million visitors, who drink more than 5 million liters of beer and eat over 200,000 pairs of bratwurst.
I have yet to experience the true festivities of Oktoberfest. The original festival is located in Munich, but most local towns throughout Germany recreate their own version of the festival. I plan to attend Munich’s Oktoberfest sometime to experience the greatest beer-drinking festival in the world.
A Lesson in German:
Trinken- to drink
If you are interested in trying a good imported German beer, I would suggest Warsteiner.