September 17 marked the beginning of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and will go until October 3 this year. The festival started in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig. Every year the festival includes a parade, lots of food and drink, rides, and an agricultural show. Almost 7,000,000 liters, which is about 1,850,000 gallons, of beer are served per year during the 16-18 day festival. That’s a lot of beer!
In celebration of this two week long event, I encourage everyone to try a different type of beer than you would normally choose. Although there are two types of beer, lagers and ales, there are tons of beers to choose from.
The most popular and widely found beers are Lagers. Just as examples, the lager family contains bocks, pilsners (pale lager), and marzen beers. Those are the three most popular styles within the large lager family. Some lagers include Budweiser, Coors Extra Gold, Amstel Light, Miller Highlife and many more.
The ale family contains ambers, blonds, porters, stouts, and many more. Popular examples of ales are Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Flat Tire, any Guinness, New Castle, and again much more to choose from.
If you’re not a big beer drinker, like me, but still want to celebrate, try and make a German dinner one night during the week. Coming from a German background I know that there are many different easy recipes you can find. The most simple is cooking up some brats and sauerkraut.
Remember: Please drink responsibly! :]
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