There is nothing wrong with a glass of wine for dinner or having a great time with your friends and a few beers. This is tolerable, but the problem is that alcohol slowly affects our whole body, we may not see changes, but eventually, there will be – you can ask your doctor and psychologist about it.
One does not have be a licensed therapist to realize that attending the Oktoberfest in Germany seems to be the highlight of the year of everyone in and out of that country. After all, the festival does not merely allow you to have fun, get drunk, and meet new people (not specifically in that order). For 16 to 18 days, you get to listen to fresh and famous artists perform their hit songs and make the place livelier. Not to mention, the organizers tend to invite singers and bands from all over the world; that’s why you can listen to a variety of music while trying different alcoholic beverages.
Although there are tents set up across the field where Oktoberfest gets help, there is no doubt that it is an outdoor event. The upside of it is that you can breathe in natural air, let the music reach your ears without breaking your eardrums, and watch the moon replace the sun when you stay there until nighttime. You can also see tens of thousands of individuals dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes frolicking around and having the time of their lives. Nonetheless, it is not a secret either that the rain can pour anytime, and the tents prepared may not be able to provide shelter for all the attendees. Thus, if you are a little slow, you might end up soaked to the bones, which may make you susceptible to diseases and even prevent you from seeing the festival through to the end.
Considering you do not want natural phenomena to ruin your enjoyment or, worse, traumatize you from going back next year to attend the Oktoberfest, here are some things you should do.
1. Take What You Must
The reality of going to this festival is that there are not a lot of rules in place regarding what the visitors can or cannot bring. Of course, it’s a no-brainer to avoid packing guns, knives, and other deadly weapons because such items are banned in any occasion. Even with a table booked in a tent, you do not need to bring chips or lunch since the foods you can buy there are so delicious that you might regret not getting a taste of any of them.
A few things you should not forget are a change of clothes (you may get sweaty there), umbrella (in case the sun’s too hot, or the rain comes), camera (to capture the best moments and exciting activities), and a lot of euros.
2. Try Not To Bring A Huge Luggage
Here is a likely scenario that you may find yourself in when you attend Oktoberfest: As soon as you arrive at the entrance of the festival’s location, you will already see thousands of people swarming the entire place. There is no need to use brute force to muscle your way in, but everyone will practically be in each other’s personal space due to the vastness of the crowd.
For this reason, you should never consider taking a large suitcase with you, which can: 1) make folks trip over, and 2) keep you from having fun without worrying about your belongings. This is when you should opt for the smallest backpack (with 3-liter capacity at max) in your closet instead of a fancy purse as well. After all, you won’t be there to model your bag; you merely need something to hold your stuff without getting in the way.
With this kind of rucksack, you can hang it on your shoulders, and not on your arms. So, when you suddenly pump your fist in the air or toast your large glass of beer with friends or random strangers, you need not worry afterward if your bag hits someone in the head or causes a drunk person to fall on their face.
3. Before You Choose Your Outfit, Check Out The Weather Forecast
As mentioned above, Oktoberfest is the kind of festival in which everyone is encouraged to dress up like the Bavarians in the olden times. After all, before the event became a hit for individuals who love to drink, it was a cultural thing for the locals first. That’s why the organizers still prepare a grand parade, horse race, and other activities in the span of 16 to 18 days.
Still, the weather will determine what type of clothes you should wear. If the forecast says it will be sunny all day long – and you will most likely be drinking till you drop, it is best to put on comfortable clothes. E.g., a loose shirt, dress, pants, sneakers, or sandals. If, however, you have gathered that it will rain on the day when you’re scheduled to join the festivities, take a raincoat and be in clothes that you will not feel sad seeing muddy or soaked. Then, waders and rubber boots can be the better choices for shoes so that your feet will stay dry.
Once you remember the three tips mentioned above, you will undoubtedly be able to enjoy going to Oktoberfest. Cheers!
Munich is known for its beautiful sights and scenes, one of the most popular cities in Germany. What makes it more famous to over six million people across the globe is its yearly beer festival called the Oktoberfest. I was lucky to visit Munich Last September 2018 with a close friend who had German relatives. As the event was fast-approaching, I could not explain the growing anxiety inside me. I had a lot of expectations about the festival, and at the same time, I was afraid I’d be so drunk that I won’t even last a day!
Then when the first day came, I just could not contain my excitement and my fear. As I saw women in white dresses and aprons all made up, and groovy men wearing suspenders with a beer in hand, I knew I had to survive. This was the biggest fair that I was yet to attend. The first day became several days and a taste of the best flavors of Germany. And as the festival was ending, I realized that not all of my expectations turned out to be a match to what happens at Oktoberfest.
Expectation Vs. Reality
If you’re a lover of beers who had dreamt of the Oktoberfest even before you were permitted to drink, you would have also imagined what would happen when you attend something like one of the biggest beer festivals in the world. But news flash – there are some things you thought that you wouldn’t know unless you were actually there. Here’s my list of what I thought the beer festival would entail versus what it really was.
Expectation 1. Of course, Oktoberfest begins in October.
Nope! It starts in September and ends in the early weeks of October. The beer fest is a representation of royal matrimony that happened in October of 1810. However, as the event was celebrated, it progressed into a two-week affair with the city customs and traditions beginning earlier so that the locals and the tourists can witness the changing of the weather.
Expectation 2. It’s going to be a dry season so it’ll all be tank tops for me.
Nope! Despite the festival happening in fall where the weather is expected to be dry and warm, temperatures in Germany drop low at times with a few rain showers after the summer months. So you better bring along your jacket or coat.
Expectation 3. It’s okay to ‘dress down’ all the time.
Nope! Munich knows a lot about fashion, and the adults make sure their kids will rock their dresses. You have got to get your traditional Bavarian costume ready, dress up, or don’t go to the festival at all.
Expectation 4. There’s No Call Time So You Can Get In Anytime.
Nope! The festival has prepared several tents that open at 10 in the morning – so there is call time. Plus, the lines are long, and they start at 7 AM. If you’re planning to visit the most popular tents for that day, you’ll need to wake up earlier than usual to save you an hour or two of waiting rather than drinking already.
Expectation 5. You’ll be the last man standing because you can party all night.
Nope! First, it is so difficult to drink successive glasses of beer while walking around the tents all day. You’ll be drained physically and mentally (I was!). Second, and the most obvious reason why you can’t do it all night long, is because all the days of the two-week event always end at midnight! So you don’t have to consume a lot of energy drinks. Take a rest, please. Tomorrow is another day.
Expectation 6. There’s nothing else you’ll do but drink beer.
Nope! Much as you want to believe that the beer fest is just all about beer, it’s not. There’s a range of delectable German cuisine served around the different tents, and you’ll see waitresses bringing oversized bratwurst and pretzels on their trays. In the evening, you can check out the exciting festival rides that are decorated with beautiful lights. But perhaps you can do that when you’re not drunk!
Expectation 7. You’re used to beer, and you can manage your beer drinking.
Nope! Don’t be so sure, because the fact is that German beer is a lot stronger than our usual Bud Light. Also, the beers served during Oktoberfest are made extra special – or stronger – just for the festival. So if you think you can handle it because you are a beer drinker, think again. Or else anxiety and panic attacks will just visit you in the morning, and you can’t finish the whole event!
Expectation 8. It’ll be the grandest time of your life.
Hmm. Perhaps you might lose your watch in one of your drunken days, or spoil your best shirt with your puke, or maybe spend more cash than you planned, but this I will agree – you’ll have the grandest time of your life.
Moscow mule is a type of cocktail drink that friends and members of the family can enjoy. It was invented in the early 1940s by John A. Morgan of The Cock and Bull restaurant in Hollywood, Rudolph Kunett of Pierre Smirnoff, and John G. Martin, the owner of the G.F. Heublein Brothers, Incorporated. Its first production occurred in Chatham Hotel, New York as a result of the trio’s experimentation when they have mixed their primary products – ginger beer and vodka – with a lemon. Success has come to them since the initial taste test, and the beverage has been introduced to a lot of bars and clubs in the United States afterward.
Nevertheless, Moscow mule’s story does not merely end with a happily ever after. Meaning, not all consumers felt contented with the classic blend of the drink, considering they have come up with various additional ingredients to enhance its flavor.
Below are the six best Moscow mule recipes.
The #1 concoction on the list has mint in it. Similar with any beverage or food that consists of this herb, it adds a refreshing flavor to the drink.
70 mL of vodka
70 mL of ginger beer
30 mL of lime extract
20 mL of maple syrup
Mint ice cubes
Start by preparing the mint ice cubes. While boiling a cup of water, chop a handful of fresh mint leaves and combine with a ¼ cup of sugar. Once you have the hot water, drop the dry mixture into it and don’t stop mixing until all the sugar granules are gone. Allow this flavor to combine with the water before you strain it and pour onto the ice tray.
When the mint ice cubes are ready, get them from the fridge and add to the liquid blend. Once the ice melts, the distinct taste of the herb will also fuse into the drink.
Liking beverages with alcohol do not mean that you cannot look after your well-being. Since every individual on the planet requires a high amount of fiber in their diet, there is a variation of this cocktail that can aid you with that – the pear mule. Among the nutrients one can obtain from the fruit are vitamins B, K, and C, which are responsible for strengthening your immune and nervous systems.
150 mL of ginger beer
30 mL of vodka
15 mL of lime extract
¼ ripened pear
Dice the pear finely to let most of its juices out. After that, pour in the lime extract, vodka, and five pieces of ice. You may or may not remove the crushed pear when you serve the beverage to add extra texture to it.
Some of the best Moscow mule recipes sometimes have ingredients which you may only expect to see in a garden salad or on your face, helping you rejuvenate your skin. A great example of that is the healthy mule, which contains cucumber and berries of your choice (read further here: verywellfamily and bounty)
100 mL of ginger beer
60 mL of vodka
20 mL of lime extract
10 mL of water
5 rounded cuts of cucumber
20 mL of crushed blueberries (or any berry)
Thinly slice the cucumber before letting it sit with the crushed berries at the bottom of a shaker. This way, their juices will infuse with the other ingredients longer. Add the remaining liquids, shake the container for a few seconds, and then use a filter to get rid of the solid pieces when you are ready to pour it in a mug.
Many look forward to summer not because they all like to be sweaty, but because it is the time when they can devour their favorite tropical fruits. However, if you want to try consuming honeydew differently, why don’t you follow this recipe to make a mule?
100 mL of ginger beer
1 cup of honeydew (diced)
20 mL of vodka
10 mL of lemon juice
Crush the honeydew squares in a container, then dispense the vodka, the lemon juice, and the ginger beer.
Apple Cider Mule
In recent years, apple cider has been proving that it is a superfood that can lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as body fats. You may include it to your meals or drink it directly. Furthermore, you can use it to create an apple cider mule.
80 mL of vodka
40 mL of apple cider
20 mL of ginger beer
10 mL of lime juice
Dash of cinnamon powder (optional)
Prepare your cocktail by combining apple cider, vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer (in that order). If you are not satisfied with the hint of spice that the ginger brings, feel free to add a dash of cinnamon. Stir everything well.
When the holiday season is being discussed, the Festive mule should not be far from your mind. You see, it can bring you back to those days when you get to wake up to the smell of freshly cooked omelet and pancakes and have nothing else to do but wait for the foods to be ready. The sweetness of this beverage can remind you as well of the happiest moments in your life.
30 mL of vodka
70 mL of ginger beer
15 mL of sweetened cranberry juice
Slices of cranberry fruit
Mix the juice with the vodka before pouring the blending them with the ginger beer. Add the cranberry slices last.
Follow the drinking tradition in your family, but do not hesitate to make several changes to the ingredients that will suit your palate. Cheers!
From monks to Czechs to malt to shandies, the history of the German beer is as fascinating and surprising as its flavors.
Read on to discover some fun and interesting facts that perhaps you didn’t know about German beers.
Fact #1. The world’s oldest brewery is located in Germany – and is still operating up to this day.
Evidence proves that as early as the 8th century AD, beer was brewing at Bavaria’s Weihenstephan monastery, although the brewery was only officially discovered in 1040. This was when it received its license to sell and brew beer from Freising. Another brewery was opened by the Weltenburg monastery, but only 10 years after Weihenstephan.
Up until today, the Weihenstephan brewery, now known as the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan, has continued to brew delicious flavors of beer and has even won four beer awards.
Fact #2. The light beer Pilsner was made in the Czech Republic.
Pizen, or Pilsen, is a town in the western part of Bohemia but was earlier part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was German-speaking. When they decided to make a big brewery during the 1840s, they concocted a new kind of beer together with Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. The flavor was utterly delicious and so its popularity spread to the whole of Europe. This is exactly the reason why the Pilsner beer is sold in Germany and in fact holds the biggest market share.
Fact #3. Even if you drink beer daily for 15 years, you won’t taste the same kind of beer.
There are over 40 kinds of malt, a hundred sorts of hops, and 200 types of yeast strains. These 3 things are the only ingredients allowed by the purity law to be used to make beer, with the addition of water. So you can imagine how many variants of beer you can make out of these. Now, do you believe that you won’t drink the same beer if you keep drinking every day for 15 years in Germany? Amazing! And don’t worry, as per the German Brewers Federation, one can drink every single day for 15 straight years.
Fact #4. Liquid bread is what the German monks called it before.
Apparently, the monasteries were the first breweries in Germany. The monks would stew the hops and barley and boil them. They did not have any idea about the significance of yeast in fermentation.
According to history, the monks brewed near the bakeries; thus, the fermentation process took place even without them actually adding the yeast, as they were already surrounded with it because of these bakeries. They actually thought the fermentation method was a miracle.
When Lent came and the monks fasted for 40 days, they were forbidden to eat bread but they were allowed to drink beer, so they called it ‘Flussiges Brot,’ meaning ‘liquid bread.’
Fact #5. No great bonds between Germany and Namibia, but the beer relationship remains alive.
In the 2014 top beer consumers’ list, Germany came in 4th and Namibia followed 5th, which is odd that a country like Namibia could win over the United States and Europe, which are placed 17th and 27th respectively. Interestingly, from 1884 up until 1919, the Germans colonized Namibia, which is why the German culture remains alive there. And like Germany, Namibia also celebrates Oktoberfest in its capital city Windhoek.
To Sum It Up
There are a few more things you wouldn’t have thought about the beers of Germany, but we hope these five facts have perked your interest and you had fun reading the article. I, for one, can’t wait to grab an ice-cold beer right this minute!
A lot of people all over the world love beer. But do you know that the origin of beer is traceable back to Germany? Yes, it is where beer is one of the most popular beverages in the country. The Germans love beer so much that it became a significant part of their culture, hence the creation of the Oktoberfest.
It is well-established that Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival not only in Germany but also in some parts of the world. However, attending the festival can be very expensive. Luckily, there are still some alternatives to enjoy Oktoberfest on a budget, though I have to admit, it will still cost a lot. If you are very attracted to celebrating beer festivals in Germany, here are some of the best beer parties held there.
Oktoberfest – It is the largest and the most popular beer festival in the world that can last for three whole weeks. During the Oktoberfest, the event goers wear Bavarian theme costumes. It somehow adds a twist on the celebration. There are classic German delicacies served in the tent, partnered with a glass or bottle of cold beer, accompanied with rustic music from the local bands performing on stage. The Oktoberfest is kicked off with a grand parade.
Stuttgart Beer Festival – Second to Oktoberfest is the Stuttgart beer festival. It is also a popular brew festival in Germany that most people look forward to attending. King Wilhelm founded the festival in 1818. He started the festival as a symbol of the end of the terrible German famine. The celebration features a gigantic open market that families with kids can enjoy. The fair in the festival ground features a lot of fun rides and special events that all ages can enjoy. The whole affair gets flooded with beer, 70 brands to be exact. That’s a lot of choices for a beer enthusiast.
Frühlingfest – The Frühlingfest in Munich Germany or most commonly known as the spring festival is a mini version of Oktoberfest. That’s because it was held on the same ground of Oktoberfest in the Theresienwiese (open space in Munich). It is the origin place of Oktoberfest according to history. The festival features traditional polka bands, a fair with fun rides, festive music, and lots and lots of beer. Beer tents are also visible during the event. It is not as grand as the beer tents of the Oktoberfest though, but it’s a lot more economical.
Freimarkt – The Bremen Freimarkt is the oldest fair in Germany and is scheduled after the Oktoberfest. So for those people who can’t come and enjoy Oktoberfest, they can still have the option to celebrate drinking authentic German beer in Germany during the Freimarkt. The Old classic event happened in 1035. Although it is somehow a traditional festival, it still draws approximately 4 million people from Northern Germany. The Freimarkt features carnivals, street parties, and a massive beer festivity.
Schützenfest – The Schützenfest is the world’s largest celebration for marksmen and beer that is celebrated every July in Germany. It is an event that started in 1529 where it welcomes around 5,000 marksmen. The celebration features a marksmen parade, six beer tents, carnivals, and floats. The festival can draw approximately 1.5 million spectators per year.
Gaubodenvolksfest – The first celebration of the agricultural festival Gaubodenvolksfest was in 1812. It is a ten-day festival in August that features a Bavarian parade that showcases traditional German costumes, horse carriage rides, and a wide variety of beers as well.
Next time you want to celebrate beer festivals, you can always count on Germany. They surely have enough activities to offer, not to mention tons of beers that you can enjoy.
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One of the traditional alcoholic beverages in the entire world is beer. It is one of the world’s top three famous drinks after water and tea. With that, it is well established that the Germans celebrate beer more than anyone in the world. The Germans always have a strong affection for the favorite brewed drink and believe that it is a significant part of their culture as a country. That is why once a year they celebrate the biggest beer festival in the world we now know as Oktoberfest.
A lot of people from all over the world visit Germany and join the celebration of Oktoberfest. They believe that the three-week festival in Munich will become one of the largest and massive celebrations of all. It is their time to settle their days and nights partying with family, friends, and strangers as well as spending all their money on beers and pretzels while dancing under a giant tent.
According to a local reporter, there are more non-Germans than Germans celebrating the Oktoberfest. This fact is very peculiar since Oktoberfest is such a grand event for the Germans. But since beer is not only exclusive in Germany, some countries extend their desire to celebrate the festivity. Germany only ranks third in Europe when it comes to per-capita in beer consumption. The country is actually behind Austria and Czech Republic. Nevertheless, the Oktoberfest in Germany is still the most famous beer event in the world.
What’s With Oktoberfest?
The Oktoberfest is as much for tourists as it is for the native Munchner or German. During the entire course of the three-week celebration, there are reportedly more than 7 million people that attend the event with only an accommodation of 14 giant tents and 20 regular ones. That’s a lot of people in a very small area. It is greatly advised for tourist to delay the visit to Munich during this time of year because the place gets undoubtedly flooded with people from all over the world. Event goers are advised to wake up early if they wanted a chance inside one of those tents because clearly, not everyone can be accommodated with the absurd number of people during the event. Parades will be everywhere during the Three-week event. Oktoberfest is known for its colorful booths along with its drunken participants, which make the whole celebration better and unique. Traditional costume parades are also present, and locals and devoted beer enthusiasts attend it.
The 2nd Weekend
The second weekend of the German beer event is commonly known as the Italian weekend. During this time, Italians come down to Munich and enjoy the festivities themselves. A lot of Italians and other tourists participate in the celebration. However, depending on their preference, people might avoid this second week due to the added crowded situation from the beginning of the holiday.
People from Munich actually call Oktoberfest as Wiesn. It is the local term for the event. Although Oktoberfest is the widely popular name, Germans tend to stick with their culture. It is relevant to point out that there are certain traditions that follow during this event and tourists are advised to participate. They must know significant traditions to avoid upsetting the locals. One of the famous traditions is the singing of EinProsit. During Oktoberfest, the EinProsit is played every 20 minutes and commonly ends with everyone chugging their beers in unity.
The Oktoberfest is a very pricey event. Accommodations and travel cost are above expectations during the entire three weeks of celebration. However, the participants of this event are expected to be more than willing to spend a fortune merely to experience the most extensive beer event in the world.
Germany gives the yearly beer celebration too much importance because it is the largest beer festival known to people since the 18th century. That’s why people from different countries find it amusing to attend their Oktoberfest. It is an event where people not only from Germany gather together to celebrate, eat, dress up, sing, dance, and chug beers for three whole weeks.
Not all kinds of beer are allowed during this celebration. According to German tradition, the whole event only serves original Munich beers. These beers must follow the Bavarian Purity requirements.
Augustiner – Augustiner-Brau is the oldest independent brewery in Munich, Germany. The establishment was in the year 1328 within an Augustinian Monastery. Due to its ancient origin, the Augustiner’s first feature in Oktoberfest is somehow unknown. However, the earliest record of an Augustiner joining in Oktoberfest is on a picture dating from 1867. But even so, as one of the oldest breweries, it is preferably one of the best-tasting beers. That’s because Augustiner is still using wooden barrels in storing their original brewed alcoholic beverage. They are the only brewery that pours their beer directly from a wooden barrel. An authentic Augustiner beer served during Oktoberfest has 6 percent alcohol and can be purchased in an Augustiner-Festzelt.
Hofbräu – The Royal Brewery in Munich is also the local brewery in Germany, which is owned by the Bavarian State Government. It owns a massive tent on the Oktoberfest event. According to history, the name “Hof” comes from a royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria. In 1589, Wilhelm V. who founded Hofbrau developed a beer garden that is still very famous up to this day. The Hofbraukeller beer garden of Hofbrau is one of the most beautiful beer gardens in Munich that continuously claims the country’s tourist attraction. The beer sold by Hofbrau during the Oktoberfest is the strongest one with 6.3 percent of alcohol content.
Hacker Pschorr – It is a brewery in Munich Germany established in 1972. It may not sound too old for other beers, but it is indeed a product of the merger of Hacker (founded in around 1417) and Pschorr. The Hacker brewery was the leading brewery in Munich during the 18th century. The beers sold by HackerPschorr during the Oktoberfest have an alcohol content of 5.8 percent. Considerably, it is the lightest beer offered during the festival.
Paulaner – The Paulaner is a German brewery established in 1634. The Minim Friars of Neudeck ob der Au cloisters are the founding fathers of the brewing company. At first, its beer was only available to the public for holiday seasons. However today, it now serves beer lovers anytime they want. It ranks 6th among the bestselling beers in Germany. The alcohol content of Paulaner sold in Oktoberfest is at 6 percent.
Löwenbräu – The Lowenbrau which also means “lion brew” in German is a middle size company in which became the biggest brewery during the 19th century. The tent of the Lowenbrau during the Oktoberfest can be easily spotted since it has its famous gigantic mechanical lion placed on the top of the tent. The alcohol content of Lowenbrau is at 6.1 percent.
Spaten – The brewery was founded in the year 1397 and is one of the oldest breweries in Munich. The logo of the brewery showcases a spade with the initials of Gabriel Sedlmayr. The Spaten beer has an alcohol content of 5.9 percent. Though it is one of least among the favorite, its taste still gives beer-lovers the satisfaction.
During Oktoberfest, millions of people gather inside crowded tents to enjoy a mass or even a liter of authentic brewed beer made in Germany alone. Each tent has a unique way of brewing where they set a standard on each beer to have significant taste, blend, and aroma that people can choose from.