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Before you can put the Maßkrug to your lips with enjoyment, the beer first must be brewed.
Traditionally, only beers brewed within the city limits of Munich may be served at the Oktoberfest.
The current Munich Breweries include Spatenbräu, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu and Löwenbräu.
The Märzen beer, (which receives its name from the month of March, when it is brewed) is especially made extra strong for the Oktoberfest.
This bottom-fermented, festival beer has a higher base gravity (at least 13.6%) and at about 6%, a higher alcohol content than conventional lager beer.
This is something to keep in mind when drinking, so you don't have to leave the Oktoberfest too early.
The delicious amber style beer is brought to the table by the waitresses and waiters.
It is an absolute high performance to itself, as they carry the filled mugs and the food through the long corridors of the beer tents.
The more mugs a waitress can carry to the tables at once at the Oktoberfest, the more money she earns per round.
Thus, Maßkrug lugging truly becomes a competitive sport.
Up to 18 beer mugs and therefore 41.4 kg (91.27 lbs.) are sometimes carried.
But always walk carefully - the rule is that you only receive tip when you’re able to serve full mugs.
In 2019 (the last year before COVID) a staggering 7.3 million liters of beer were delivered to the tables and drunk.
To picture how much that is, here's a little visualization: 7.3 million mass beers fill more than three Olympic-size swimming pools.
(first picture "drinking like a Bavarian"; second "drinking like a not so strong Bavarian"; third pocture "drinking like a Tourist")
The bandmaster starts the ritual with the words: "Krüge hoch! “
By now, anyone who has read through this article knows how to follow this instruction. Hold the stein in one hand and lift it upwards.
Now the famous song “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit” (translated to "A toast to well-being" in English) is played.
At this point when the whole tent is singing "Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit! der Gemütlichkeit! Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit! Oans, zwoa, drei - g'suffa!" you turn to your neighbor and toast (as described above).
Now one may enjoy the well-deserved sip and sit down again, until the ritual is started once more.
The song “Ein Prosit” is said to have been written by Bernhard Traugott Dietrich, who, at the end of the 19th century in Chemnitz (which is not in Bavaria), came up with the memorable melody and the catchy lines.
Don’t forget to order your Oktoberfest Maßkrug and enjoy. Prost!