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Missed Out on Oktoberfest? Win Tickets for Next Year via Sam Adams

October 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kicking yourself for not pulling the trigger on a trip to Oktoberfest this year? And the year before and the one before that? You're not alone. But you know what will ensure you don't procrastinate again next year? Free tickets!

Sam Adams is currently running rounds of its National Stein Hoisting Competition, in which contestants have to hold a 1-liter stein of beer straight out in front of them for as long as possible without bending their arm or, worse, spilling the beer. The two hoisters who hold it up the longest (one male and one female) will each win a trip for two to next year’s Oktoberfest in Munich.

Sounds like a fun event, win or lose, sure to spark some energy in the bar. Keep in mind this is a national competition, though, so you’ll compete at your local event, but your time is compared against fellow beer lovers across the country. You can check out the current leaderboard here. So far, the best time for men is 13 minutes, 27 seconds and 9 minutes, 26 seconds for women.

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Four Drinks to Drink at Munich Oktoberfest (Other Than Beer)

Where: Munich, Germany
September 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Prost! The 180th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany has already begun, but you're not too late to get in on the fun. Running from September 21st through October 6th, the celebration of beer and the autumn harvest returns with its 14 Big Tents, an amusement park, and all the sausages under heat lamps you can handle.

Naturally the focus is again on beer, but we're here to say that, yes, we've been to Oktoberfest before and, yes, there's more than just heading for the hops. It's definitely too late to make a table reservation in a major beer tent, but drinking other beverages can still yield you a seat.

Here's four other liquids to guzzle during Oktoberfest 2013:

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Tis the Season for Dirndls and Lederhosen on Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew

Where: Germany
September 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! There are so many reasons, least among them all the special beers and the crispness of fall in the air. On the travel end, it means Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2013 is the eighth consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.

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6 'Been There, Done That' Tips for Ladies Heading to Oktoberfest in Munich

Where: Munich, Germany
September 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yay! It's that time of the year when we get to talk about Oktoberfest. The barrels will be tapped and the pretzels baked starting tomorrow, Saturday, September 21. Just as last year, we're going to lay some wisdom on ya as seasoned female revelers at Munich's massive party. Heed these, our six things for female travelers to know about Oktoberfest:

1. Beer is not the only authentic drink! In fact, we'd argue there are three other beverages it's "authentic" to drink at Oktoberfest, all of which work out well for those who don't particularly enjoy chugging beer: champagne, schnapps and Radler. Look beyond the ginormous beer tents to the Weinzelt tent, a smaller tent that specializes in Nymphenburger Sekt—sekt being German champagne. Even smaller and dotted around the Theresienwiese are schnapps booths, where a few Euro goes a long way (towards getting drunkers).

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Finalize Your Oktoberfest Plans Right Now. No, Seriously.

Where: Munich, Germany
August 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last night, while on a late run to the nearby 24-hour drugstore, we peeked in to the beer fridge and realized—holy smokes—that they're already stocking both pumpkin and Oktoberfest brews. You know what this means, right? Besides the fact that beer fans have a very limited time left to enjoy the summer varieties and shandies, it means travelers need to finalized Oktoberfest plans ASAP.

What to do:

· Book a flight/train
· Book a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb (yes, even the hostels fill up in advance, as we sadly discovered one year)
· Book a table in a beer tent (there's no bar and you need to be sitting at a table to get served)
· Pack shoes you don't mind throwing away at the end of everything, since the Wies'n often gets muddy and beer spilling during cheers is a part of the fun.

Hopefully you've checked off each item, but if the table reservations are proving particularly difficult there is a way to get around it provided you have some nerve.

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Ein Prosit! Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew Starts Flying Tomorrow

Where: Germany
September 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! There are so many reasons, least among them all the special beers and the crispness of fall in the air. On the travel end, it means Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2012 is the seventh consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.

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Heading to Oktoberfest in Munich? Read This, Especially If You're Female.

Where: Munich, Germany
September 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Okay people. It's that time of the year when we get to talk about Oktoberfest. The barrels will be tapped and the pretzels baked starting September 22. Just as last year, we're going to lay some wisdom on ya as seasoned female revelers at Munich's massive party. Heed these, our six things for female travelers to know about Oktoberfest:

1. Beer is not the only authentic drink! In fact, we'd argue there are three other beverages it's "authentic" to drink at Oktoberfest, all of which work out well for those who don't particularly enjoy chugging beer: champagne, schnapps and Radler. Look beyond the ginormous beer tents to the Weinzelt tent, a smaller tent that specializes in Nymphenburger Sekt—sekt being German champagne. Even smaller and dotted around the Theresienwiese are schnapps booths, where a few Euro goes a long way (towards getting drunkers).

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Three Boozy Beverages Beyond Beer at Munich's Oktoberfest 2012

Where: Munich, Germany
August 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)


Schnapps!

Prost! There's one more month until the start of the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Running from September 22 - October 7, the celebration of beer and the autumn harvest returns with its 14 Big Tents, an amusement park, and all the sausages under heat lamps you can handle.

Naturally the focus will again be beer, but we're here to say that, yes, we've been to Oktoberfest before and, yes, there's more than just heading for the hops. If you haven't made your beer tent table reservations yet, good luck (they're usually booked up as early as February), but drinking other beverages can still yield you a seat.

Here's three other liquids to guzzle during Oktoberfest 2012:

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Pretzels on Planes! Ja, Lufthansa Loves Oktoberfest

Where: Germany
September 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't say we didn't warn you. There are now pretzels on Lufthansa planes, and you can thank the spirit of Oktoberfest, the fall festival which officially begins tomorrow, September 17.

Want to see some passengers ripping into those warm, soft in-flight pretzels? Just watch Lufthansa's slick little video above to kick off the fest, although we have to admit that the real attraction of it are the glamor shots of both male and female flight attendants in traditional Bavarian dress, doing such traditional German things as welcoming you with a "Grüß Gott," caressing your Rimowa luggage, and pouring you a big glass stein of Dunkelweizen.

If you'd like to catch the trolley dollys in Dirndls this season, watch for them in Montreal, Sao Paulo, and of course in Munich International Airport. More details right here.

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Coming Soon to a Lufthansa Plane Near You: Flight Attendants in Dirndls

Where: Germany
August 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

In exactly 24 days, it will officially be Oktoberfest in Germany, most especially in Munich where the biggest festivities go down in the form of a beer guzzling free-for-all (actually there are champagne and schnapps tents too). Still, it would only be proper for the German airline to get in on the fun, thus Lufthansa has announced that a select few of their international flights will be crewed by girls and guys dressed in dirndls and tradiational Bavarian suits.

HOT.

The flight details aren't super specific, except to say that the costumed flight crews will head from Munich to San Francisco on September 13, to Montreal on September 22 and finally September 28 to Sao Paulo. One or two may also pop up on other international flights and around Munich International Airport through October 2.

All of this compliments special Oktoberfest menus in all classes, plus the addition of a Bavarian music channel on in-flight entertainment, to get the Gemütlichkeit flowing. And, just in case you haven't yet marked it on your calendar, Oktoberfest runs from September 17 to October 3.

[Photo: Lufthansa]