What other city throws a two-week kegger that brings in over six million people? Oktoberfest is the Mecca of beer festivals which serves up more than SEVEN MILLION liters of beer during the two week festival. About 30% of all beer produced by the six major Munich breweries (Löwenbräu, Hofbräuhaus, Augusinterbräu, Hacker-
During and around Oktoberfest, the city’s main focus is on the event. But for the rest of the year, there are countless venues and occasions to enjoy a frothy brew. Munich is passionate about beer all year long. When it’s warm, they serve it by the liter (half liters are also available) at a slew of outdoor beer gardens (biergartens) all around the city. Although beer gardens were invented in southern Germany, they’re not the only place to drink your frothy brew. And, the six biggest breweries’ options are not the only beer available.
In Munich, you don’t meet up for a drink, you meet up for a beer. And odds are, you’re going to have more than one.
Some fun facts about Ocktoberfest
- Most tables at Oktoberfest are reserved, some up to a year in advance.
- The Hacker-Pschorr Brewery produces a brew specifically for Oktoberfest and each year they make more than 1 million liters of it.
- Roughly 505,901 units of chicken, 40,850 kg of Fish, 69,293 units of Pork knuckles (haxen), and 119 units of Oxen are eaten at Oktoberfest.
- Oktoberfest brings in an estimated $1.2 billion, and employs about 12,000 workers
- The festival grounds on Theresienwiese covers 31 hectare, that’s 310,000 square metres.
- Oktoberfest beer is a lager or Märzenbier brewed by Munich breweries for the festival. With an alcohol level of 6 -7 % it is slightly stronger than normal German beer.
- Drunk patrons are often called “Bierleichen” (German for “beer corpses”).