Ein prosit! Welcome to Oktoberfest

Welcome to autumn and, perhaps more importantly Oktoberfest

Photograph by: Kai Pfaffenbach, REUTERS

. The world’s biggest and best known Beer Bash.If you’re thinking of dropping in for a cold one, bring your wallet!!

Last year’s visitors consumed almost 8 million two-pint (one-litre) mugs of beer. This year a mug, called “Mass” in German, of the malty pale beer made exclusively by Munich’s breweries sells at up to €9.50 ($12.30).

But why would something called Oktoberfest take place in September? It actually spans 16 days so it does last into October.

According to GeekCulture the answer goes back to 1810 during the dark days of beer drinking before refrigeration.

In those days in Germany beer would never be brewed in the summer months. The batches would never turn out good.The last batches were usually made in March. These last batches would have higher alcohol content to take advantage of alcohol as a preservative.Traditionally there would be a big fest starting on the last Saturday in September till the First Sunday in October. The purpose was to drink up the old stocks of beer to make room for the new brew that would be make after harvest. The tradition goes back to the 15th and 16th Centuries.

Ein prosit!!

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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