A German festival celebrating their culture and society by having a bunch of Bavarian Brew Haus serve you beer so you can get drunk off your ass.

Seriously.....good move.

Just The Facts

  1. First appearing in 1810, Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world, drawing over 6 million visitors annualy.
  2. The traditional drinking vessel is a one liter glass or clay stein. Or a Bavarian Brew Haus' chesticles.
  3. In 2007, over 6,940,600 liters of beer were served.
  4. This year, the official stated price per liter of beer is 8.30-8.60 Euros.
  5. One Liter is approx 34oz, your average schooner size anywhere in the U.S.
  6. Now imagine paying $15 for one of those Schooners.

Post Horse Shit Days....

The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of a local prince and princess. The first festival was actually a horse race, but in subsequent years it was unanimously decided that everyone getting shitfaced was a much, much better plan. As the fair grew older and more popular, local breweries started bringing their own beers and wines. Each of the beer tents you'll see in the festival houses one of the breweries, and each one of them selling their own special stein. Each tent holds thousands of patrons and hosts live bands, beautiful women, and one even has a crossbow range. The ArmbrustschÃtzenzelt, or "Crossbow Shooters Tent," holds over five thousand people and holds one of the largest archery competitions in the world. So if you've ever been reserved about going because its just "not quite nugent enough." Quit stalling.

The fair has been put on hiatus 24 times since its inception, mostly due to war, disease, and Clark Griswald. One year a real buzzkill made a bomb out of a fire extinguisher and killed 13 people. But if your like most of the patrons in history, you'll just get really drunk and make an ass of yourself. Now lucky for you, major cities in the U.S. will carry special discount airfare to and from Munich each year in honor of Oktoberfest. It should also be noted if you see your pilot passed out in the aisleway on the way back, leave him be. For he is a professional and you need to mind your own business. He has done this a million times.

Okoberfest is the right of passage for any self-respecting alcoholic. It celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2010, so make it there, or forever wallow in regret, self-pity, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.