The largest beer festival in the world, the Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day long festival held during late September, to early October. Traditionally held in Munich, spin-off versions of the festival have become very popular in India as well. The one in Germany attracts around 6 million people per year, who consume, on an average, around 1.5 million gallons of beer. This is a very important part of the local culture, and takes place with a loft of pomp and splendor.
The Oktoberfest has been said to have started on October 18th, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of the Bavarian Crown prince, Ludwig, to the Saxon Huldburghausn Princess Therese. All the citizens of Munich were invited to join the festivities, which were held, over the course of 5 days, on the fields in front of the city gates. The main event was a horse race in those days.
The beer, that has been served, traditionally, has been always Marzen. It is darker and stronger than traditional beer, and contains up to 6% alcohol, being bottom fermented and lagered for at least 30 days.
What does this mean, to us in India?
Well, Bangalore, and now Kolkata, have started hosting their own Oktoberfest, with the organizers, trying to create as much of a festive atmosphere, as their German counterparts. While the operations might not be on such a large scale, the fervor and the beer, is definitely there.
You can celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest, by opening up a few of your favorite beers, right in the comfort of your home, or perhaps inviting a few friends over, for a few beers, one weekend.
When we think of beer, usually, we think of people drinking straight out of bottles. But this is far from the spirit of Oktoberfest. This time, you can get different kinds of beer, and if you live in a metro, it is very easy to procure at least 6 varieties. Pour them out in different containers, or pitchers, as you please, and then ask your guests to guess which variety of beer it is.
Bring out the usual Indian brands, and once they are in different pitchers, only the most discerning beer drinker will know what he is drinking.
Of course, for pitchers, and for everything else beer, you must shop at UrbanDazzle, India’s best website, for fine drinkware. There are some fantastic beer pitchers, glasses, and tumblers on UrbanDazzle, and these will take your breath away. Check out the Gibraltar footed Pilsners, from Libbey. Priced at Rs 1500, these are basically a steal. You can never get something as hardy, and as aesthetic as something like this.
UrbanDazzle is celebrating oktoberfest by giving a discount of 10% on all beer mugs and beer pilsners. You can avail it by using coupon code “UDOKTOBERFEST”
For the more adventurous beer connoisseur, there is the Libbey Half Yard of Ale.
You have to see this to believe it.
This is basically a huge container, which can hold a colossal amount of beer. Keep this for the winner who can guess the beers that you have put out, correctly! This can put a good end to the day. Capable of holding a large amount of beer, this comes with its own stand so it remains safe, when you are not using it.
This Oktoberfest, celebrate the spirit of beer, by getting your hands on some cool beer-related drinkware on UrbanDazzle. And remember, drink responsibly! Cheers!