There’s only one week left of the Oktoberfest. Did you make it to Munich this year? In case you missed the opening. Here’s the video of the mayor tapping the first keg.
Every year the Lord Mayor of Munich declares the Oktoberfest to be officially opened with “It’s tapped!”, as he hammers a tap into the very first keg of Oktoberfest beer.
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Today the 174th Oktoberfest, the world’s largest Folks Festival, started with the traditional tapping of the first key by Munich mayor Christian Ude. This year it took him 3 hits, his record is two. When the mayor proclaims O’zapft is! (It’s tapped!) the Oktoberfest has official begun. (Click on the link to watch this years opening. Real player will open.)
Then Sunday night I have an open mens indoor game at Lanco. Field House.
See if you can spot me! 😉
I was trying to find a place I could buy some Augustiner Oktoberfest for this fall and I cam across a site called ratebeer.com. Apparently they don’t know much about German beer. They classify Augustiner, which is the oldest brewery in Munich city limits, as a Dortmunder Helles. Which is clearly wrong as first of all it is from Munich. Beer in Germany is very regional and the brewers from Munich and Dortmund would be very offended at such a classification. To make it even worse they call it a “light beer”! Like it’s some kind of Coors lite type! I think they need to do some more research. If you can read German here is a great entry from Wikipedia:
I survived the events from yesterday. The process itself was actually quite painless. We were in the building for maybe 15-20 minutes and the actual thing only took about 6 minutes. It was the most expensive 3 minutes of my life, but it is finished now.
Afterwards I walked around Munich for a while and ended up in the San Francisco Coffee Company at Odeonsplatz Some of you might remember it from after my short walking tour. They have wireless so I went online for awhile and then later went back to where I’m staying to crash for a while.
Later that night I met my friend A from CSB to watch an Israeli movie since it is Israeli film week at the cultural center in Munich, Gasteig Oh, he’s from Israel, that’s why he wanted to go to see the film. It was actually interesting. It was a documentary about a street kid in Jerusalem.
After that we went to a bar that is modeled after the famous Brecht musical called The Threepenny Opera The place is pretty cool because every room is based on a scene from the musical.
So, it was nice to get out and see people. Sitting at home was not an option. Tonight I’m going to dinner with M. Tomorrow I’ll go talk to some hotels about my Oktoberfest trip next fall. Then maybe the Hofbrauhaus…