Summer’s fading and temperatures are beginning to cool off, meaning it’s one of the best times of the year to be a beer lover: Oktoberfest. We’ll be celebrating in style this Saturday, September 17, but, before we do, we wanted to give you a few fun facts about Oktoberfest and the Reinheitsgebot:
- 2016 marks the 206th anniversary of the Oktoberfest celebration, which was originally held in Munich, Germany. The cause? Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage.
- It’s easy to think that Oktoberfest would, well, start in October. That’s not the case, though — most of the celebration actually takes place in mid- to late-September.
- While plenty of people pile into Munich for the celebration, they have to wait until the mayor cracks open the first barrel of beer and proclaims, ‘O’ zapft is!’ before the celebrations begin.
- Only beer brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest. These beers have to be brewed in Munich, too, leaving the following six breweries capable of brewing beer for the festival: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spatenbräu, and Staatliches Hofbräu-München.
- Munich’s Oktoberfest serves upwards of 1.8 million gallons of beer a year.
This year’s festival is an important milestone, too, as 2016 is the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law). The Reinheitsgebot states that only three ingredients can be used in the production of beer: water, barley, and hops. While it’s changed some throughout the years, its impact is pretty significant.
Great Flood’s Oktoberfest
While we won’t be serving up 1.8 million gallons of beer, we’d love to see you out at our Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, September 17. In addition to hosting a stein-hoisting competition at 5:00 and an Oktoberfest-themed trivia at 6:00, we’ll have the following beers on tap:
- Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier
- Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen
- Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
- Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
- Monnik Kaiser von Schnitzelburg
- Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier
- Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix
- Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Mahrs Bräu Collaboration
- Gordon Biersch Festbier
- Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest
- König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
So strap on your lederhosen, come buy a liter stein, and celebrate Oktoberfest with some good friends and good beers! We look forward to seeing you.
(Psst! If you’re looking for some awesome Louisville sports on Saturday, we’ll have UofL vs. Florida State on at noon and Louisville City FC vs. St. Louis FC on at 7:00.)