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Oktoberfest Sets Record for Beer Consumption

by David Lauterbach
2010 October 8
Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Visitors to the Munich Oktoberfest this year drank their way into the history books by downing an unprecedented 7 million liters of beer. The total number of visitors was estimated at 6.4 million. I’m not great at math, but that’s like a liter of beer for every man, woman and child.

Sunny weather, Germany’s fast economic recovery and the special 200th anniversary are all said to have played a part in the surge in beer consumption at the two-week Munich Oktoberfest this year, according to stats provided by the organizers after the party ended on Monday.

It was a record that befitted the 200th anniversary of the world’s biggest beer festival which began in 1810 to mark a royal Bavarian wedding. The record beat the previous high of 6.94 million reached in 2007.

Crown Prince Ludwig, the person responsible for Oktoberfest, could not be reached for comment.

Read the full story at ABC.com

1 Comment leave one →
2010 October 19
Justin2 permalink

And here in the U.S. the party continues through the month! Man, we really don’t know when to quit :)

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