Prost! The beer is now flowing at Munich’s famous Oktoberfest.
Mayor Christian Ude inserted the tap into the first keg on Saturday morning with two deft blows of his hammer and the cry of “O’zapft is – it’s tapped”. As tradition demands, he handed the first glass to Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, who beat him in a state election last weekend.
This is the 180th annual celebration of beer in the Bavarian capital where tents are spread over sprawling grounds close to downtown Munich. And with thousands already in town for the 16-day extravaganza, plenty of kegs are bound to be drunk dry.
About 6 million visitors are expected by the time the festival ends on October 6. Last year, 6.9 million litres were quaffed.
The men’s traditional German costume, lederhosen, is considered the best attire for sessions of serious drinking because the leather shorts stretch to accommodate an expanding beer belly.
But this year it will cost more to fill their bellies. A litre-holding stein will cost 3.6 percent more than last year, at an eye-watering e9.66 (R129) a pop. That is an increase of more than double the German rate of inflation, which currently runs at just 1.5 percent.
Those looking to save cents will find themselves little better off, with the cheapest beers on offer still ringing in at a princely e9.40. – Daily Mail