Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oktoberfest 2010

J.M.F.T.C.. Is this event beer-drinkers' Mecca? Maybe, though I think more people come to Munich for Oktoberfest than to Saudia Arabia for prayer-a-thon.

Two friends and I managed to get to this year's fest, which was apparently the 200th anniversary. If you haven't been, I'll try to put things in perspective:
Imagine drinking 6 liters of beer over the course of 5 hours. Got it? Now add good friends, 15,000 strangers with the same get-shitfaced thought process, and top it off with polka music, dirndl'd women, and lederhosen'd men. In a nutshell, it's a fuck-ton of fun that runs 13 hours a day for a month. But that's only one tent, so multiply the fun by 14, add vendors and carnival rides, and you've got yourself an image of what it's like: nutzzzzz.

The brilliant part is everyone is there to enjoy themselves, and the vibe is respectful yet crazy. I didn't see a single fight the three days I was there, and the bathrooms have the old (brilliant) baseball stadium piss-troughs. Order a beer and it's at your table within a minute. Show up at 8pm, and everyone will be standing on the benches. Oktoberfest is simply a classic rabble-fest, showcasing Munich's awesome brewing power.

Us three independently ranked the following as our top beers (out of the 5 tents we went to):
  1. Paulaner
  2. Hacker-Pschorr
  3. Spaten-Franziskaner
  4. Spaten
  5. Hofbrau
Food musts: half rotisserie chicken, pretzels, and candied macadamia nuts.

Matt and I, early on. In fact, this maybe during the second liter of the first night; we probably had at least four more each.


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