Oktoberfest 2010

Thursday I’ll be underway to Munich! I’ve been working hard on all the last minute details for the trip – 16 on group1 and 30 on Group 2. Will be tons of fun and I can’t wait to get started!I hope to keep you all posted on the happenings from there, but here’s a little taste for you.

Oktoberfest entrance

Waitress carrying the heavy beer

Anual Oktoberfest Mug

BIER Club shirt

Thursday I’ll be underway to Munich! I’ve been working hard on all the last minute details for the trip – 16 on group1 and 30 on Group 2. Will be tons of fun and I can’t wait to get started!I hope to keep you all posted on the happenings from there, but here’s a little taste for you.

A Podcaster from Munich, Annik Rubens, has just released her I-pod application. I’m running it on an I-touch and it’s really awesome. Annik has focused on representing the traditional side of the fest and her application reflects that. She has info on all the beer tents, current beer prices and also has a lot of information on the rides. Check it out on iTunes here.  She has also produced an audiobook about the “Wies’n” but it’s on available in German Language.  If you are new to German, but have a decent understanding, I highly recommend her podcast called Slow German. For fluent speakers, try her Schlaflos in Muenchen podcast.

Another debate which happens every year on the Wiesn – what will be 2010?s favorite song in the tents? It’s always difficult to say because there isn’t any official vote or tally. Rather, the bands respond to what the crown reacts to and the result is always “unofficial.” Still, the bands all have to try to guess, so that they are prepared to play it if requested. The songs in play are the following:

So, being a professional Oktoberfest junkie, I went to iTunes and listened to all of these. I’m forecasting “Wavin’ Flag” for Wiesn Hit 2010. Disco Pogo was so stupid, I didn’t even listen to the whole thing. We no speak Americano is cool with a great rhythm, but I can’t imagine Wiesn bands pulling that off; plus you can’t really sing to it. Fassl voll Bier is cute – who doesn’t want a keg fulla beer – but it just isn’t mainstream enough. Waka Wake might be able to pull it off though and I predict that’ll come in second.

The official Oktoberfest Website has an interesting story about the manufacture of the official beer steins. I never new that each one got some hand-painting. Check out the photos of the process here.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you should already know that 2010 is the 200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest!To celebrate the occasion,  a new area is planned this year at Oktoberfest!

Located at the far south end of the Wiesn, it requires a € 4.00 per person admission fee.

As  in 1810?s original wedding celebration of Ludwig and Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, horse racing will be featured. Racing, weather dependent, will be highlighted twice a day with a grandstand accommodating 1,200 spectators at a time. Beyond that historically accurate amusement rides while the  Herzkasperl-Zelt features Bavarian Cabaret, Folk music, and traditional dance. In the Museumszelt, visitors can learn about the history of the Oktoberfest from the wedding celebration of the Crown Prince until today.

Both our groups will be treated to reserved tables in the early evening inside the Historische Festzelt. The tent will seat 3,500 inside and another 3,000 in the outdoor biergarten.  You won’t hear any “Country Roads” or “Summer of ’69? here – it’s just traditional music from the Musikkapelle Grünbauer.

To top it off, a specially brewed Anniversary beer is tapped from wooden kegs and  served in ceramic steins. This “Spezialbier”  is amber colored and has a full-bodied maltiness. Each of the 6 Munich breweries participated in the collaboration: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner und Spatenbräu all had an active hand in the development
Our Connoisseur’s Group, will be treated to dinner there:

  • Radish plate with buttered soft pretzels
  • 2 large roasted Bratwurst on top of Sauerkraut
  • a Bavarian doughnut with cranberries
  • 1 Liter Jubiläums-Oktoberfestbier vom Holzfass

If you think Oktoberfest is just a beer bash, you are completely missing the intricacies of the event. The history and the culture of this Volksfest is legendary, but most tourists miss it entirely. With BayernTrips, you’ll experience all aspects of this event – the historical and the modern. And, true to form, BayernTrips under promises and over delivers. We promised 2 reserved visits to the Wiesn – our Connoisseurs will have three visits and Best of Bavaria will have five! (The Tent is operated by Ratskeller München)

Lastly, we received in a new shipment of our BIER club T-Shirts. This Club was formed in early 2010 and is titled, “Brotherhood for the International Embracement of the Reinheitsgebot.” This first food purity law, implement under Wilhelm IV in 1516, proclaimed that only Water, Malt and Hops be allowed in beer. In this age of “better living through chemistry,” we think it’s high time to get back to making pure beer.  If you agree, you can join our club! T-Shirts are $17.50 plus shipping and Challenge Coins are $8.00.

Some of you also heard about the tragedy in our household. While we were away, my shelf full of Oktoberfest Steins gave way and they all crashed to the floor. Surprisingly only half of the collection was lost and, thankfully, some of the hard to replace ones were saved. Stuart was sitting under the shelf two hours before and luckily moved before the accident – otherwise I’m not sure he would have made it. Anyway, I was able to replace 2 of the missing mugs from Jim at Kurtz’s and ordered another from E-bay.  Now I just need one of a 2005 and 2007 of of the Wiesnwirt Kruege and the collection is almost back to normal. Others lost were Maria-Hilfer in Speiden and Kloster Andechs. It was difficult to say good-bye to them, but the damage could have been much worse!

Liebe Gruesse!

Scott & Vonia