So we’ve told you all about the history of Oktoberfest and we’ve given you the lowdown on what to wear, but let’s face it – It’s. All. About. The. Beer. The Aurora Oktoberfest may not be on quite the same scale as the main event in Munich, but the fact remains, it’s all for the love of beer. So here are some fun facts and myths about beer to get the juices flowing….
The strongest beer in the world
Well this would be an expensive treat, and a pint of this would mean a very short night, ending in an uber straight to bed! The Schorschbock, from the Middle Franconian Schorschbräu in Gunzenhausen, is an astounding 57% alcohol, with one glass costing 603 euros (around $880). Thankfully for those not keen to splash that kind of cash, there’s a tasting bottle of 0.04 liters that’s only 24.90 euros.
The most expensive beer in the world The average price for a liter of beer at Oktoberfest is 11 euros (around $16.50) which seems pretty reasonable to us! But if you think that over 600 euros like the aforementioned Schorschbock, is a lot, you haven’t come close to the price for the most expensive beer in the world! The winner of an auction in Great Britain in 2009 paid over roughly 22,000 euros ($16,595) per liter to buy a bottle of Löwenbräu lager from 1937. What’s more, the brew isn’t even drinkable anymore — but the story is pretty cool: The beer survived the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin on May 6, 1937 near New York.
World Champions in beer drinking!
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Germany is the world champion in beer drinking, but in fact, you’d be wrong! It’s actually the Czechs who have the highest per capita consumption of beer at 143.3 liters per year. Wow. Germany only ranks fourth (just ahead of Poland) in this prestigious league table, behind Namibia (who knew?!) and Austria. So, where does Canada sit in this all-important championship race? Well, according to the stats, we’re in mere 34th place with 57.7 liters of beer consumed per capita per year.
Beer is healthy! Fact. You heard it here first. After all, beer is about 93 percent water! But it gets better! Beer contains loads of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. What’s more, it also has various B vitamins (or, to help you remember: Beer vitamins!). And is if that wasn’t reason enough to have a pint of the cold stuff, beer is a purely plant-based and is a vegan specialty. So there you have it, you are welcome!
To finish this little lesson, here are some more fun facts about our favourite Oktoberfest refreshment:
• The next International Beer Day will be August 7th 2020. But if that’s too long to wait, Canada has introduced it’s own National Beer Day and it’s soon! As of 2019, October 9th has been officially recognized in Canada as the day to drink beer and raise a glass in celebration!
• After he won the Nobel Prize, Niels Bohr was given a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house. Let’s just take a moment to think about that!
• Germany is home to a beer pipeline. Taps in Veltsin-Arena are connected by a 5km tube of beer.
• At spas in Europe, you can literally bathe in beer as a physical and mental therapeutic treatment.
• At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public. Now that’s an idea we can get on board with!
And finally, Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass. Now, we can’t be having that kind of fear or negativity anywhere near our Oktoberfest! So come along on October 5th and lets raise a full glass to celebrate this wonderful tradition with family and friends.
Tickets can be purchased online via SNAPD or at the various locations in York Region.
Aurora Soccer Club - 510 Industrial Pkwy S, Aurora, ON L4G 6W8
Sports Clips Aurora - 15380 Bayview Ave, Aurora, ON L4G 7J1
Sports Clips Newmarket - 17205 Leslie St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8Y8
Market Brewing Company - 17775 Leslie St #4, Newmarket, ON L3Y 3E3
The Aurora Oktoberfest Team