The Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival. Organized annually in the Bavarian capital, Munich, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival, with more than 6 million visitors from around the world.
For the first time Oktoberfest was held in 1810 during one week of October. Originally it was a wedding party and held to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Along with the years, it was extended with starting date in September, when the weather is warmer and more pleasing, in order to attract more visitors to stay longer and enjoy the beer.
Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian traditions and therefore during the festival visitors can find beer, which is brewed within the city limits of Munich. Although it is considered to be the one of the best beer in the world, only 3 ingredients are used in the brewing process: water, barley and hops. Only with use of these ingredients can be achieved the Bavarian Purity Requirements, determined by the Beer Purity Law. The law was introduced in 1487 and survived until the 1990s, but many German brewers still adhere to it voluntarily.
Oktoberfest beers are specially brewed for the festival and have at least 6% alcohol. In other words, one mug of beer is equal to 8 Shots of Schnapps. As a result of the alcohol, during the Oktoberfest it's common to hear "Honey, I've might lost the kids". But don't worry there is a lost and found office on the premises.
If you want to try an original Oktoberfest beer then you should order Hofbräu Oktoberfest.