August 9, 2022
See You at Oktoberfest!
Written by Rachel Gyarmati
September is such an exciting month for us that we couldn’t wait another month to discuss it!
Every September, the world celebrates Oktoberfest. This festival originated in Munich, Germany, and was founded to celebrate the marriage of a German Prince in October of 1810.
The festival gained such a following that the date was moved to September to allow for larger crowds and celebrate with better weather. Now that’s our kind of party! As the festival migrated to around the world, many traditions and fun celebrations have been added to fit the city that is throwing it.
This celebration of love, Bier, and hospitality is celebrated on almost every continent worldwide. Even Japan and Australia have made Oktoberfest a staple in their calendars. Read on to see how you can get in on the fun here in Pittsburgh this year!
Mark Your Calendar
This year, we’ll host Pittsburgh’s only true Oktoberfest celebration with live music to party to on the weekends of September 16th-18th and September 23rd – 25th.
Come and enjoy the live entertainment and authentic Oktoberfest atmosphere with your friends! The view of the Monongahela River, paired with live music and a good lager, will make you feel like you’re living your best Oktoberfest life.
Iss, Trink und Sei Fröhlich (Eat, Drink and be Merry)
Festivals like Oktoberfest can be fascinating when it comes to the logistics of feeding thousands of people. Although no numbers are available for our local festival, we have them for the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
During their annual Oktoberfest, Munich festival goers will consume
- 510,000 whole hendl (roasted chicken)
- 60,000 sausages
- 59,000 pork knuckles (ham hocks
We can’t say we will have this much to sell here in Pittsburgh, but we can tell you that we will have all your favorites. From pretzels and Bier cheese to cream puffs, we have you covered! Our monthly pairing for September is straight from the Bier tents of Munich. That dish is the Grillhendl served with the HB Oktoberfest Bier (Märzen), our Seasonal Bier for September.
Speaking of that HB Oktoberfest Bier (Märzen), here’s what you need to know:
- It’s 6.3% Alcohol by volume (please drink responsibly)
- A spicy hint of hops marks the flavor and finish of the Bier.
- The spicy hop flavor is a perfect complement to the fried cabbage served with our Grillhendl.
Don’t think that we forgot about the seasonal Bier for August. We would never pass on tapping a keg full of our Sommer Weizen (5.6% Alc. by Vol). The banana and clove hints make it the drink you need to cool down in the Biergarten this month.
Oktoberfest: An International Phenomenon
As we mentioned earlier, there aren’t many places that don’t celebrate Oktoberfest. Here are a few ways other countries celebrate one of our favorite holidays.
The Japanese company called Oktoberfest has made it its mission to bring an authentic German experience to Japan. From April to October, they throw monthly Oktoberfest celebrations in different regions in Japan. Now that’s dedication!
During the 1800s, over 27 million Europeans left Europe for the Americas. A large group of these immigrants settled in Brazil. Their Oktoberfest is the third largest in the world and includes an intense Bier drinking contest. Participants are challenged to chug 600ml (20.28 ounces) of Bier! There is also a contest for the Queen of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest started to be celebrated in Brisbane in 2008. It is celebrated in other parts of Australia, but the festival in Brisbane is most notable. Its dedication to authentic German culture and odd contests make it a must-do if you’re in Brisbane at the time. Our favorite contests are:
- The Lady’s cow milking contest.
- Beard growing/styling competition.
- The Bavarian Strong Man competition.
See You in September
It’s understood that we get into Oktoberfest more than most, but how can we not? On top of the great food and atmosphere, we will also have live music.
We cannot wait to celebrate Oktoberfest with you. Prost (cheers) to Bier, pretzels, and Chicken Dancing like there’s no tomorrow!