It was the marriage of future Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810 that laid the foundation for Oktoberfest. All of Munich was invited to celebrate the nuptials. Horses were run, and beer was drunk—this is Bavaria we’re talking about. The people loved it. So much so that the following year they decided to throw another party to commemorate the event. Oktoberfest was born. The annual event became a massive boost to the local economy, despite a few cancellations due to Napoleon, cholera, world wars, and COVID. 

Per tradition, Oktoberfest kicks off at 10:45 a.m. on the third Saturday in September and lasts for roughly 17 days. Pre-pandemic, seven million people would trek to Munich to partake in the festivities. If you’re a dedicated beer drinker, it ought to be on your bucket list.

But this year is not that year. This year, you stay home and drink the good stuff on your couch. Or I suppose you could venture out to a brewery or bar. Regardless, it’s Oktoberfest season and there are plenty of goods out there to imbibe. I recommend eight—because a six-pack just wouldn’t do—in this week’s Boulder Weekly, “Oktoberfest 2021.”

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