Last October, my husband and I were lucky enough to go to Oktoberfest in Munich. This was a bucket list item and it was AWESOME.
Since we own the company Beer Cap Country and because of our obvious interest in beer, we decided Oktoberfest was a must! The day started out a bit crazy as we woke up early to go buy original dirndl and lederhosen, went home to get ready, and realized that somewhere on the way to the store, Erickson had lost the only house key we had for our Airbnb. Knowing that Oktoberfest was beginning in one hour, we decided to change into our traditional beer drinking gear in the backyard, stash our other belongings and run to Oktoberfest. We would have to deal with being locked out of our house later in the day. We were at Oktoberfest!
When we got to Oktoberfest we saw the traditional parade with tons of floats and drinkers! We got to experience the tapping of the keg just outside the door. Only political figures and super important German people were allowed in the Paulaner Hall for the Mayor’s tapping of the keg. We got to hear all of the commotion though!
Afterwards, we met up with our friend from college, Kelsey, and all of her friends who became our new friends for the day! Oktoberfest was everything I expected and more. It was actually much more German than I expected. I was a little afraid it was going to be a big tourist trap. It is touristy for sure, but maybe only 20% of people were non-German. The beer is all the same stuff, a basic German lager. It is good, but don't expect a full service waiter. The servers just come carrying a dozen liters and slide you one. It was a great day of drinking, friends, and prosts (cheers)! Side note, we met our Airbnb’s son at Oktoberfest and he handed us over his dad’s spare keys. We are too lucky he was there!
The next day of Oktoberfest the drinking began at 9am right after our morning coffee! We began in the Paulaner tent where live music was played throughout the day, bands paraded in, and even my husband chugged a whole liter of beer (SUCCESSFULLY) in front of thousands of people. Now, a liter of beer might not seem like a whole lot, but let me tell you….many people that day took the challenge and failed miserably...in front of thousands of people. A failed chug=thousands of BOOS! SO proud of my hubby! I never doubted you for a second!