The Value Engineers’ foolproof guide to Oktoberfest
Posted by Martha McPherson on September 27, 2012
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Here at The Value Engineers we’re always on the lookout for fun international events, to help with important ethnographic studies of intriguing customs and traditions. It’s purely for research purposes, you understand…
Here’s a guide to the ins and outs of one of the most famous international festivals of all, Oktoberfest – or Wies’n, as it’s known to the locals. A useful aid to those working on beer brands!
BEER CRIB SHEET
(Ideal for looking intelligent when with your new Bavarian mates)
Each beer can be found in a different tent. Some popular examples include:
- Paulaner Oktoberfestbier (5.8%) light, popular, tastes of caramel and raisins
- Augustiner Helles (5.2%), a light lager which undergoes a prolonged secondary fermentation phase. Augustiner Weissbier and Edelstoff are the only beers served from traditional wooden barrels.
- Spaten (lit. ‘Spade’) – from the original Munich brewery. Pils is 5.0%, O’festbier is 5.7%
- Löwenbräu’s Wiesenbier (6.1%). Löwenbräu has been serving since 1810.
- Hacker-Pschorr’s Märzen (5.8%) is hoppy and goes perfectly with Bavarian cuisine.
- Hofbräu brewery won a gold medal in last year’s World Beer Championships.
The DOs and DON’Ts of Oktoberfest
1. DO stand on the benches to sing. DON’T stand on the tables.
2. DO brush up on your ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. Homework: learn the lyrics to
3. DO keep your eyes open in the Schicht’l Tent for the legendary ‘beheading’ magic trick.
4. DON’T ignore the beer gardens outside the tents – these are also fun!
5. DO be yodelled at in Bräurosl tent.
6. DON’T chug before a rollercoaster ride, or the terrifying Edmund Heckl’s Shocker.
Enjoy the festivities – and from all of us here at The Value Engineers, Prost!