Crown Prince Ludwig threw a big party to celebrate his wedding to Princess Therese in 1810. The rest, as they say, is history. That one big party became a yearly celebration now known as Oktoberfest.
Often held in September to accommodate the more pleasant weather outside of the beer tent sanctuary, Oktoberfest is on many world travellers' bucket lists. And although Munich is the world-renowned capital of this festival, by 1960, Oktoberfest was no longer just a German thing. It was a worldwide event.
You know what they say: the more the merrier. And they were talking about beer. — Photo courtesy of Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Whether you are one of the over 2.2 million New Yorkers that have German heritage or you plan to pay your respects to a great brew, New York wants you to celebrate, German style.
The city appears to swell in September with good food and great beverages (or beverage, as it were). From Sept. 19 to Oct. 5, 2015, the finest Bavarian beers can be enjoyed with the visage of transforming fall foliage.
Could life get better than that?
Good for Germans. Not so much for pigs. — Photo courtesy of Radegast Hall & Biergarten
There are events sprinkled all over the city, but let's get specific with two. The Radegast Hall & Biergarten has the famous Oktoberfest beer tastings, but also other attractions like a pig roast, live music and mug-holding competitions.
Those who know beer well can expect Erdinger, Ayinger, Hofbrau and Hofstetten Original Hochzeitsbier (which means "Birthday Beer").
Enjoy some schnitzel with it, because when in Germany, you must do as the Germans do. You might as well start practicing your mug-holding skills right now. (That's the lovely thing about an online article: it will always wait for you!)
It's almost impossible to assume that this picture is about anything else but Oktoberfest! — Photo courtesy of Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Then you have one of the largest outdoor drinking venues in the city at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. This is a relic from a time when New York had over 800 beer gardens.
Built in 1910 by Czechs and Slovaks who had emigrated from Austria-Hungary, this venue has become even bigger, but it's still firmly committed to having a good time.
They have beers like Hofbrau Summer Ale, Schofferhofer, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Abita Purple Haze, Spaten Oktoberfest and Angry Orchard, as well as some Oktoberfest special beers.
Expect live music and giant mugs of frothy goodness between Sept. 26 to Oct. 11. Also, expect lots of hipsters, because not everything can stay the same from 1910.
Raucous fun and an excuse to put off hibernating for just one more month? Sounds wunderbar to us.
Bohemian Hall, a wonderful way to spend a September afternoon — Photo courtesy of Matthew Joseph Hageman