An Overview of Oktoberfest’s History
Why should you celebrate this brilliant bash? It’s simple really: Oktoberfest is more than just your everyday beer festival. It’s technically a “Volksfest” – an event with various attractions like games, rides and local food vendors. When you observe Oktoberfest, you’re commemorating a culture that’s loved around the world.
It’s actually the biggest of its kind; it dates back to 1810, and many Oktoberfest traditions are still in place today. Since 1950, the festival has always been opened by the Mayor of Munich. During this ceremony, the Mayor taps the first keg of beer before yelling “O’zapft is!” (which means “it’s tapped!” in the Austro-Bavarian dialect).
What Kind of Beer is Served at Oktoberfest?
One of the styles most commonly associated with Oktoberfest is Märzen – a malty lager with a clean finish. It can be found in a broad range of shades, and usually has a medium to full body. This is the traditional beer of Oktoberfest, but since the 1970s, brewers have been serving Festbier at the event instead.
Festbier is a light, amber lager with a moderate body. It’s generally made with spicy or floral hops, and like Märzen, it can have a malty taste. Plus, you can be confident that it packs plenty of punch because it normally sits at around the 6.5% ABV mark. In fact, Festbier is often compared to Helles – another popular beer style produced in Germany.