Oktoberfest in Photos

By Bier Team |

Every fall, beer lovers and Bavarians flock to Munich’s Theresienwiese to sing and drink stein after stein of Oktoberfestbier. Neat Pour‘s Maxton Kennedy and Janet Glasser endured the hardships of the annual festival so that our readers didn’t need to. Scroll on through for the best of Oktoberfest 2017.

Each year, roughly six million festers drink 1.8 million gallons of Oktoberfestbier produced by six brewers. (Photo Janet Glasser)

At Oktoberfest, Bavarians tend to break out their tracht, or traditional outfits, which are worn during celebrations (and even as business casual wear during the year). Women wear Dirndl dresses, worn with an apron whose knot tells suitors if the wearer is married or not. Men wear traditional Lederhosen which can be passed down through the generations and hats and jewelry that signify the region they are from. Tourists join into the spirit by purchasing outfits at one of the many stores dotting the town. (Photo by Maxton Kennedy)

The first Oktoberfest in 1810 celebrated the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Every year since, elaborately accessorized horses have delivered the kegs to the festivities. (Photo by Maxton Kennedy)

Löwenbräu produces one of the six officially sanctioned biers of Oktoberfest. The others are made by Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Paulaner, Spatenbräu, and Hofbräu-München. (Photo by Janet Glasser)

There are 14 different tents on the Wiesn, each with a different vibe. Here is the lion’s den, the Löwenbräu-Festhalle, noted for a hospitable crowd and the home of Munich’s TSV 1860 supporters club. (Photo by Maxton Kennedy)

An Oktoberfest tradition is called the Lebkuchenherz, a gingerbread heart decorated with phrases ranging from love to simply Oktoberfest 2017 (Photo by Janet Glasser)

Outside the the tents, Oktoberfest offers a massive Carnival/Midway like experience with rides, games, and food in abundance. Some food vendors have smaller tents attached typically ranging in size from 100-1000 people. (Photo by Avery Glasser)

Very Bavarian decor on the chandeliers! (Photo by Maxton Kennedy)

Some tents offer a schnapps or two (often an  off the menu treat). Pictured here is Willi Birne (Poire Williams)

Rotisserie meats are almost as popular as wurst and brezels (pretzels). The top place for classic rotisserie ox is the Ochsenbraterei Tent. Meat has been roasting there since 1881 when butcher Johann Rössler opened the tent. (Photo by Janet Glasser)

Inside the Oschenbraterei. (Photo by Janet Glasser)

Steckerlfisch is another Bavarian favorite. In 1902, Fischer Vroni began serving the classic camping dish (the name means “fish on a stick”) at the fest and a classic was born. (Photo by Janet Glasser)

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