I guess Septemberfest didn’t have the same ring to it. The 177th annual Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is preparing the kegs, tents and big-ass pretzels for the opening ceremonies on September 18, 2010.
On that day at noon, the lord mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all peasants and visitors will be allowed to quench their thirst. The festival will last until October 3th, or October 4th, depending on wether you believe the official website’s home page, or their FAQ.
The skinny on the festival: In 1810 some bier loving German royalty decided to get married and it was their very successful 16 day celebration starting in late September and continuing on through October that later became the annual event.
If you ‘re attending, we hate you and wish we were you. For those of us who won’t be able to make it to the Schottenhamel tent to embibe from the first keg, check out a few Oktoberfest and German-style biers available in the U.S. for your own party in a big tent.