This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the famous Munich Oktoberfest. For 16 days, From the 17th of September to the 4th of October, Munich is the place to be. Each Munich brewery has a tent where their special Oktoberfest-beer is available:
- Augustinerbräu (Augustinerzelt)
- Hackerbräu (Hackerzelt) The Hacker brewery belongs to Paulaner
- Löwenbräu (Löwenbräuzelt)
- Paulanerbrauerei (Winzerer Fähndl)
- Pschorrbräu (Bräurosl) The Pschorr brewery belongs to Paulaner
- Spatenbräu (Ochsenbraterei) The Spaten brewery belongs to Löwenbräu
The Oktoberfest-beer is a special one. It is stronger in alcohol as it has to survive the long hot summer before it is available to the public in October. It is mostly characterized as a malty and hopy bottom fermented stronger helles / lager with an average abv. Of 6.3% alc. Some breweries make the Oktoberfest-beer even available in 0,5 liter bottles. Check the beer list if there are already Oktoberfest-beers listed
The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 for 5 days to celebrate the marriage of crown prince Ludwig (later on know as King Ludwig I) and princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Later on a horse race was held. In honor to the princess the place was later called „Theresienwiese“.
The anniversary isn't actually the 200th. It is the 177th. Due to epidemics and war 24 „Wiesn“ weren't held.
As it is the 200th I suggest to reserve a bench prior the event. You can check the website of the city Munich at http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Oktoberfest/Festzelte/227646/index.html for contact details of the tents.
Additional infos about the Oktoberfest can be found on Wikipedia.