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The liquid gold of Oktoberfest: Beer

Eine Maß bitte! Another pitcher please! Because it is useless to deny it, the Maß, the one-liter mug of beer, is the king and the prince of Munich’s Oktoberfest… and the pretty waitresses in traditional costumes delivering thousands of them every day, are their beloved concubines.

But if the Maß is the king, the light or dark liquid content, His Lordship the beer, is the Gold of the festival. An special gold, because all the producers in attendance on the large Theresienwiese meadow for the Oktoberfest, offer a beer to be sold only during the festival, a special beer that you won’t find on the market anymore.

So the liquid gold is the undisputed star of the show, which for two weeks leads to Munich hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over Europe: during the 15 days, over 6 million liters of beer are drank from 10.00 am to 10.30 in the evening.

Only the best can really try all the beers in the various Festhalle, the great stands that can hold up to 10 000 people each. The choice is very wide: Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu compete offering beers according to the strict Bavarian purity laws. These requirements date back to 1516, when Duke William IV issued that for the brewing of Bavarian Beer, only barley, hops, and water could be used, in different proportions according to the originality of the brewers.

To buy beer in the many stands are generally used chips, Biermarken, which are sold by the individual brands on the spot.

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