Last weekend marked the beginning of the strong beer festival “Starkbierfest”, which officially kick-starts the Bavarian beer festival calendar for 2015.
What’s that? You didn’t realise there were more beer festivals besides Oktoberfest? Not to worry - take this simple quiz and you will soon discover which Bavarian beer festival you are.
Could you be Starkbierfest, the festival introduced by monks who thought it was a good idea to drink strong beer during Lent? Could you be flirty Frühlingsfest, the beer festival designed to welcome in Spring? Or maybe you’re Oktoberfest, the biggest and most famous of them all.
Take the quiz and find out.
How strong do you like your beer?
a) I like my beer strong and carby. At least 7.5% alcohol and 750 calories will do just nicely
b) I don’t care how strong it is, so long as it’s served in a ginormous mug
c) I just want it to keep coming. I will even tip 10€ to ensure the beer maid keeps serving me
What is your ideal party scenario?
a) I like to drink indoors in a large hall
b) Tents are more my scene, but I prefer smaller gatherings over large ones
c) The bigger the party the better. Oh, and I really love hanging out with Aussies and Italians
When is the best time of year to celebrate?
a) During Lent
b) At the beginning of Spring
c) In September - I like to commemorate the wedding of one of my favourite Bavarian kings
Do you enjoy roller coasters?
a) No, I am much more at home dancing on tables
b) Yes, but nothing too crazy
c) Beer + rides?? I’ve never heard of a better combination in my life!
You have consumed too many steins (the ginormous mugs of beer mentioned previously) - how do you puke?
a) In some strange park - I got lost trying to find my way home from an obscure location
b) While riding the Ali Baba
c) Directly into the mug of beer I was trying to skull
What is your main motivation for drinking beer?
a) It’s Lent, and I’m trying to supplement my reduced food intake with really strong beer
b) I’m feeling flirty
c) I’m a tourist and this is my only chance to wear Lederhosen
Mostly A: You are Starkbierfest
You were originally founded by beer-brewing monks who thought that strong beer (“starkbier”) was a legitimate means to beef up one’s “nutrient intake” during Lent (aaah, Germans…)
Nowadays, the festival is also a great opportunity to sample the uniquely strong Salvator stout of the Paulaner brewery. Boasting an alcohol content of 7.5% and 750 calories per “Stein”, it is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Starkbierfest kicks off the Munich beer festival season in March and lasts for 17 days. It traditionally takes place at the (somewhat remote) Paulaner am Nockerberg brewery.
Mostly B: You are Frühlingsfest
You are a beer festival introduced to celebrate the onset of Spring (Frühling). Known as the “little sister of Oktoberfest”, you are held in the same location, but offer slightly lower-key festivities.
Like Oktoberfest, you can wash down your beer with a good honest roller coaster ride at Frühlingsfest. Or you can simply enjoy the “flirt factor” for which the festival is famous.
Mostly C: You are Oktoberfest
Boasting over 6 million visitors a year from all around the globe, you are officially the world’s biggest beer festival (is there really anything more you could aspire to?).
The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of King Ludgwig I to Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Apparently the party was so rockin’ the people decided to have it again the year after that. And the year after that, and so on.
In a rare moment of illogicality, the Germans decided to hold Oktoberfest in September. Oktoberfest is famous for attracting millions of tourists, Australians and Italians featuring most prominently amongst them.
There are so many visitors at Oktoberfest, it is common practice to tip the busy beer maids handsomely. This is a clever tactic to encourage them to return to your table in a timely manner.