Here it is, another week and another great guest post for you to enjoy here on The Brew Club! This week, we’re really happy to have Nate with us. Nate is the fine fellow who runs Bieradventures.com. Nate is also lucky enough to be buzzing all around Europe, sampling the fine beers available in the ‘Old World’.
Today, he’s giving us an update on the real Oktoberfest 2011! Enjoy the post, and if you’re interested in guest posting here, hit us up! (We’re cool like that.)
Well it all starts, for me, today. I should preempt this whole thing and say that this is my 5th time visiting the Theresienwiese; the park that annually welcomes almost 7 million beer drinkers to the greatest and largest beer event in the world, Oktoberfest.
The field, or meadow, of Therese, is a place that I’ve had no shortage of fun. From my first visit back in 2007 (when I backed up over 2 weekends with 1 week of work in-between), through to my last visit in 2009 to my sojourn to the Mecca of beer, there is something that remains constant, the ‘fest really is a smacking good time!
So as I sit at Geneva Airport, ready to take off for München, I thought it would be good to discuss what I am most excited about this weekend, besides the beer that is.
The Germans have a word that beautifully sums up (as they so often do) what Oktoberfest is all about; Gemütlichkeit.
So what is this Gemütlichkeit?
Well the easiest way to sum it up is comfort and coziness. Then what does this have to do with drinking litres of bier? Well that is the whole thing, the Germans, more specifically the Bavarians don’t come to drink, they come to celebrate the coziness that a folk festival brings. The beer just happens to be the consequence and the result of that comfort, something like the chicken and the egg; no one knows what came first.
This to me is what sets this festival ahead of all others. If you tried Oktoberfest, on this scale, in my homeland of Australia, or the US, England or hell, anywhere it would more than likely end up as a boorish, booze-filled brawl!
But as I head to the 201st celebration of King Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese, I am super pumped to get that good ol’ feeling down in my belly