Posted on August 25, 2011 by Marina

We’re nearing our Oktoberfest party on September 17 and we’re getting very excited!

After all, who wouldn’t get excited about steins full of Steam Whistle?

So what exactly is Oktoberfest? We decided to give you a bit of an Oktoberfest 101 so you’re well prepared for the event.

Oktoberfest is the result of an extended wedding reception that followed the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Today, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany. This 16-day party attracts over 6 million people every year who consume 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage, and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens.

The largest Oktoberfest held outside of Germany takes place in Canada, in Kitchener-Waterloo where there’s a large German population present. Go Canada!

Oktoberfest beer

Oktoberfest beer is of a variety called Märzen. Similar to a Pilsner, it’s also bottom-fermented, and is lagered for at least 30 days. The brew is made according to the Reinheitsgebot act of 1516 that precisely define the four ingredients allowed in the brewing of beer: barley, hops, malt, and yeast.
Beer is served by the Maß, a one-liter mug and beer maids must be able to carry 10 of these beer-filled mugs at a time.

Now that takes skill!

Oktoberfest food

Beer and food go hand in hand so expect to see a lot of Hendl (grilled chicken), Schweinshaxe( pork knuckles) and Breze (giant pretzels). Some local specialties include roasted ox tails, grilled pork knuckles, Bavarian Weißwürste, steamed white veal sausages served with sweet mustard, sauerkraut, and a pretzel or bread roll. Dessert typically includes Dampfnudel, a steamed honey-dumpling served with vanilla sauce, apple strudel, and Kaiserschmarrn, a sugared pancake with raisins.

Photo Cred: Los Angeles Foodie

Oktoberfest music

And with beer and food, comes music. Oktoberfest is known as much for its traditional folk music marches, and polkas. The oompah music is what Germany is stereotypically famous for around the world. Before each break, the band will offer up “ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit”, a toast to a good time!

Stefan Mross, popular German folk musician performs “ein Prosit”….
See you on September 17th as we bring traditional Oktoberfest fun into our brewery!


Steam Whistle staff trip – Oktoberfest 2010


We all look forward to partying with you!