Munich's 206th Oktoberfest gets underway on Saturday, September 9. Events for this you-gotta-do-it-once-in-your-life happening continue through Sunday, October 2. Learn all the details here.
Before you go, bone up on the German Beer Purity Law (because knowing how pure it is will make it go down nice 'n easy). Signed by Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria in 1516, it's the oldest food regulation in the world and remains the law for every beer brewed in Germany today.
Known as Reinheitsgebot, the law decreed that only pure and essential ingredients be used when making beer. Only three ingredients were allowed: barley, hops and water. Today, yeast is also recognized as a vital ingredient (back in the day, the value of yeast was not understood).
As a result of the Reinheitsgebot, German beer became renowned for its quality and consistency, a reputation it continues to hold. More than 900 breweries operate in Germany and all adhere to the purity law.
German Beer Purity Law, 1516
Bring one of these books with you or download to your Kindle app:
- Eyewitness Top 10 Munich Travel Guid
- The Beer Drinker's Guide to Munich
- Prost! The Story of German Beer