Posted on September 20, 2012 by Marina

Our Oktoberfest party is coming up fast!

Join our co-founders Cam and Greg along with our Brewmaster Marek as they kick off Oktoberfest with a ceremonial keg-tapping at our brewery Saturday September 29th

Hosted by George Kash and the Oktoberfest Express, the festival will include liter steins of Steam Whistle Pilsner, pretzels, sausage & sauerkraut, folk dancers, and tons of fun.

Here are some interesting facts about the Bavarian festival of beer that you may not have known to get you prepared for the celebrations:

  • Oktoberfest In September? It’s true, traditionally Oktoberfest starts in September and is a 17 day beer festival held in Munich that ends on the first weekend of October and celebrates the new harvest season in the coming month.

  • Oktoberfest is, above all, a celebration of Bavarian traditions, so the only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich.

  • The first Oktoberfest was held to honour the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, in 1810. Now that’s a wedding party!

  • Since 1950, the festival has only started after the official gun salute and the mayor shouting O’ zapft is!(“It’s tapped!”) and offering the first mug to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria. Only after that, the festival can start.

  • Initially beer was not available at Oktoberfest. Alcohol could only be purchased and enjoyed outside of the actual venue.

  • The world record was set by Anita Schwarz for carrying 19 full beer steins.

  • Around 6 million people attend Oktoberfest each year.

  • Nearly 7 million liters of beer will be consumed during Oktoberfest.

  • As for food during Oktoberfest in Munich, 200 000 pairs of pork sausage and 480 000 spit roasted chickens are consumed on average.

  • Other local specialities 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.

  • 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.

  • The knot on the dirndl apron indicates a woman’s marital status. Left side = single; right side = taken.

  • Don’t know what to wear to Oktoberfest? It’s dirndls and lederhosen. Check out some tips from Steam Whistle. 

  • After five years, Steam Whistle staff are invited on a trip to Czech Republic and Munich for Oktoberfest. We had so much fun, we decided to embrace this European tradition and host our own Oktoberfest at the brewery!

We can’t wait to party with you! Ein Prosit!