Oktoberfest is an over 200 year old event with its origins dating back to October 17, 1810, the date Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. All the citizens of Munich were invited to take part in the royal wedding festivities. The wedding and accompanying festivities took place on fields which were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s meadow”) in honor of the Princess. Over the years locals have come to refer to Oktoberfest simple as “die Wiesn”, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds that rest on the original meadows of Theresa.
In later years the festival was prolonged to usually a 16 day affair, and the start of the festival was moved up to late September for better weather conditions. The last day of the festival was always on the first Sunday of October. In 1994 an exception was made to this standing rule. October 3rd, German Unity Day, must now fall during Oktoberfest. So if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd the festival is extended to include October 3rd. Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world with up to 6 million people from all over the globe attending every year.
Only beers adhering to strict guidelines can be served at Oktoberfest. The beer has to be at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (about 6% alcohol by volume) and must be brewed within Munich city limits. Up to 7 million liters of these approved beers are consumed during each Oktoberfest.
With the above information in mind, I decided to launch this website during Oktoberfest 2013, which starts on Saturday, September 21st and ends on Sunday, October 6th. I will be posting a review each day during Oktoberfest, including a couple reviews of authentic Oktoberfest beers that will be served at “die Wiesn”, as the locals would say. After Oktoberfest ends I will be posting 2 beer reviews a week, one every Tuesday and Friday. I am not a beer expert by any stretch of the imagination. I am simply a regular guy who enjoys beer and has given himself a semi-valid excuse to try as many different beers as his writing can keep up with. Hopefully you will find these reviews informative and entertaining. If you would like to make these reviews more entertaining, I recommend drinking the reviewed beer along with me as you are read. (This may not be advisable for “Terrible Tuesdays.” During Oktoberfest, the reviews of the worst beers I’ve had will be posted on Tuesdays.) I am also offering a 100% money back guarantee to anyone who doesn’t like these free posts. Without further ado, 365 Brew!
P.S. Why are you still reading this, check out a review already!