Every fall, brewers and pubs around the world advertise Oktoberfest specials, but there is only one real Oktoberfest. From September 22 until Oct 7, about six million of revelers descended on the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany to celebrate the 1810 royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghause. (The fest-goers are also there to drink some 1.8 million gallons of Oktoberfestbier produced by six sanctioned brewers.) Martin Corriveau was on the scene to capture it all for Neat Pour.
First established in 1807 by order of King Maximilian I, the Viktualienmarkt is a picturesque market in the center of the city. Beyond the scenery, the grounds boast a beer garden, coffee shops, and stalls offering just about any local produce or meat that you can imagine–all twice the quality and half the cost of a typical American supermarket. A perfect place to prepare one’s soul and body for the bier ahead…
Neat Pour‘s preferred perch for the festivities is the balcony of the Löwenbräu tent. Löwenbräu translates to “Lion’s Beer,” and the king of the jungle is everywhere in Munich, serving as a mascot for local football (soccer), the brewery, and the city itself. An oversized feline roars outside the festzelt, but that sound is drowned out by the harmony of about 10,000 people inside singing together between swigs from liter sized mugs.
Still thirsty? There’s nothing better to wash down all that bier than more bier. We’re fans of the Paulaner Garten.
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit. Der Gemütlichkeit. Ein Prosit, ein Prosit. Der Gemütlichkeit.
(A toast, a toast. To cheer and good times. A toast, a toast. To cheer and good times.)
Oktoberfest 2019 starts on September 21.