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!
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!
Who doesn’t like beer? Beer is considerably one of the oldest beverages in the world. People gather and have fun with a glass of cold beer now and then. But do you know that the best people who genuinely knew their brewed beverage are the Germans? Yes, and they are well known for celebrating the largest beer festival in the world named Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest Historical Background
Oktoberfest is a beer festival that people around the globe tend to partake. It happens once a year in Germany and is part of their culture. The celebration of the famous beer event started way back on October 12, 1810. It was a celebration of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese’s marriage. All of the townspeople during that time were invited to attend the ceremony. The city gates (now known as Theresienwiese) were the venue of the event. The location’s name was from the Princess herself. Today there are still remnants of the same gates from 1810, and the locals call it Wies’n.
The festival was such a massive hit that the people asked the prince to continue celebrating the same event every year. Hence, the creation of Oktoberfest began. Until today, it has become a significant event that evolves into a world celebration that not only Germans enjoy, but other people across other countries as well. The yearly crowded occasion becomes massive that attendees this specific year reached a record of 7 million people. Unfortunately, for first timers or those people that have yet to attend the grand celebration, activities in the event might be confusing and chaotic since it involves heavy intake of alcohol.
What To Do During Oktoberfest
Beer Tent Reservation – Due to a large number of participants each year, it is wise to act early and reserve for a beer tent immediately. It’s safe to remember that there are millions of people attending the event, so the early the reservation, the better. However, the process of every tent reservation does not start at the same time, so it is essential to know and search detailed information so attendees won’t end up getting cut off from the reservation. Every tent has its system of beer reservation so don’t be confused. For additional information, the big tents usually hold seven to ten thousand people, and it is the most difficult place to get into. Weekdays are much less crowded, so it is more advisable for first timers to reserve during these days since the celebration lasts for three weeks anyway.
Selecting For The Best Tent – Don’t bother choosing for the best tent and focus on getting into one. All of the tents in the event present unique aspects of brewing beer. Therefore, all people will still have the chance to enjoy the party along with their beer.
Beer Cost– Since Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world, people will have to spend a fortune. The reservations, cost of travel, and drinks aren’t cheap during this time of the holiday. A regular price of a liter of beer in the event ranges from $10 to $13. Even water costs around $6 and those prices aren’t cheap. However, individuals can find activities during the event that are worth spending for.
The Alcohol Content Of The Beer– It is necessary to know the strength of the beer before chugging a whole pitcher. The alcohol content of a glass of beer during Oktoberfest is around 6 percent. Therefore, always consider limitations.
Oktoberfest is not only for beer enthusiasts, but it is also for tourists who want to have some fun. During the event, there are also colorful parades and shows that families can enjoy.