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Hofbrauhaus Chicago Oktoberfest

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Perry

Originated in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest is a 16-day-long festival leading up to the first days of October. While the Americanized version of Oktoberfest usually focuses on the drinking aspect of this celebration, German microbrewery, Hofbrauhaus Chicago takes the festival back to its traditional roots.

Located in Rosemont, IL, Hofbrauhaus Chicago is one of four locations in the United States. Through October 31st, Hofbrauhaus guests are invited to enjoy authentic food, Bavarian entertainment, and special events. On September 12th, the opening night of Oktoberfest was commemorated with the first taping of the Oktoberfestbier keg, with special guests, Eric and Kathy of WTMX. Of course I enjoyed a stein for myself while listening to live music and scouting the traditional German fashions. I had never seen so many leiterhosen in one room before!

On Friday and Saturday evenings of the festival, the Masskrugstemmen, contest is scheduled to take place.  Translated to “the lifting of a liter mug of beer”, the goal of the competition is to hold a liter stein full of beer parallel to the floor, with one hand.  The contestant who holds their stein the longest without spilling a drop is the winner!

Each evening from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, food and drink specials will be featured.  Each night also features special events, listed on the Hofbrauhaus website.  So, sit back, enjoy a soft pretzel the size of your head and raise your stein to October!

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