Picture this: a colossal beer garden stretching as far as the eye can see, adorned with cheerful Bavarians in their traditional Lederhosen and Dirndls, raising giant beer steins, also known as "The Beerstein," to the sky, while the sound of oompah bands fills the air. Luckily, a weekend of oomph-pah-pah and all things Oktoberfest is coming from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3 in 2023.
Oktoberfest, the world-renowned Bavarian beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany, is not just a celebration of beer and Bavarian culture but also a stage for breaking Guinness World Records. The festival, which attracts millions of visitors from around the globe, provides a unique platform for setting and breaking records that range from the largest beer gardens to the most pretzels consumed in a minute. Get your beer ready & explore some of the most iconic Guinness World Records achieved at Oktoberfest.
Largest Beer Garden
The longest beer garden record at Oktoberfest was approximately 4.8 kilometers long. This was one of the most iconic records associated with Oktoberfest, where beer glasses and beer glass sets are essential. The festival hosted thousands of visitors in a sprawling outdoor space in 2010 where they enjoyed traditional Bavarian beers and cuisine. The convivial atmosphere, with long wooden tables and benches, fosters a sense of camaraderie among festivalgoers, all with their beer glasses raised high.
The National Record is currently 21 minutes, 17 seconds, set by Michael Tyler at the 2018 Lenny Coyne Memorial Hofbräu Masskrugstemmen Championships at the Steuben Day Parade and New York City Oktoberfest.
The "Masskrugstemmen" competition at Oktoberfest challenges participants to hold a full one-liter beer stein (Masskrug), or as we like to call it, "The Beerstein," at arm's length for as long as possible. While this might sound easy, it's a true test of strength and endurance, and it's not just about the beer; it's about the triumph of holding your cherished beer glass set with pride.
Largest Beer Glass
An Oktoberfest visitor's dream - Stod Fold Brewing Company (all UK) served a 2,082-litre (550-gallon) glass of ale in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK, on 6 Jul 2014.
Oktoberfest is known for its traditional Bavarian clothing, including Lederhosen for men and Dirndls for women. The festival has seen records set for the largest gatherings of people dressed in these traditional costumes, all with their beer glasses and beer glass sets in hand.
Most Bratwursts Eaten in a Set Time
Competitive eating contests are not uncommon at Oktoberfest, Joey Chestnut ate 67 Glier's Brats in 10 minutes for the win in 2016. The aroma of sizzling sausages wafts through the air as contenders vie for gastronomic glory, sipping on their favorite ale or larger.
Oliver Struempfel can do the ultimate party trick, as he is able to carry 25 beer steins at once. He achieved his latest official record on 2 September 2014.Oktoberfest is more than just a beer festival; it's a stage for showcasing Bavarian culture, camaraderie, and a spirit of celebration, all while enjoying various beer varieties, including ale, larger, stout, pilsner, and craft beer.