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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On our way!

Warm and sunny in Bremen. Tomorrow heading for Leipzig.

Extended Forecast

If you believe anything this far in advance, looks like arrival day is the only day that might be wet....

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oktoberfest Security Force...

I just hope we run into this crew!

I'm Depressed

I hope the enthusiasm for this year's Oktoberfestians is higher than it appears. A simple metric of blog posts shows a laissez faire attitude. Only 10 posts (not including this one) for the month of September. What's up?

...Have we gone too often?

...Have we experienced everything to be experienced?

...Are we just too good at what we do?

...Do the Oktoberfestians just not care?

I don't expect many comments. The attitude seems prevalent.

Prost to those who look forward to this experience.

Monday, September 17, 2018

O' Zapft is .....

is less than 5 days away! Keep your eyes on the Schottenhamel Tent this coming Saturday at 12:00 Munich time. Not too long after that the YouTube video should start appearing.

Prost! and Bon Voyage to the Rangs who depart this Friday.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Getting the Band back together

Two Weeks we will be sipping the golden nectar..

Monday, September 10, 2018

Great Article and better Photo's

Personally, I like the fantasy land.  Something to look at while I am drinking my bier!

For my left leaning friends, this article is from Fox News, but not political.  Not that I care but just wanted to give a disclaimer!  John is trying to move me into the political correct world, but like the resistance I refuse to compromise!

PS the Photos look way better on my screen than my phone!  ha ha!

See you all in a couple of weeks.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

An oldie but certainly a goodie...

The world record for carrying beer...

Our New Slogan.....

This is actually the slogan of the Hacker-Festzelt where we have our tent reservations, and it is certainly something to note:
When surrounded by clouds and stars, with a cold Maß in hand, you will feel as though you are truly in a "Bavarian Heaven". 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The one and only schedule thread

There have been separate threads and now emails about activities and/or day trips. Let's try to keep everything here.

I will edit this original post as necessary based upon comments and agreements; ie. Jane's proposed tours. As usual, this is nothing more than suggestions (items in black). If we finalize something I will note it as appropriate. So remember, normal black items are proposals/thoughts, and blue items are set.

Thursday the 27th

  • Chugger and Designated Walker arrive 08:00
  • Barley Man and Paulaner Girl arrive 11:00
  • Einfahrt arrival 08:45
  • barbus and Schlumberger Lady arrive 14:00
  • Flying Dan and Patti arrive early afternoon 
  • Lunch at Augustiner Restaurant Grossgaststätte or a Tent
  • 15:30 Hofbrauhaus

Friday the 28th

  • Kloster Benediktbeuern / Kochel am See

Saturday the 29th

  • Viktualienmarkt in the morning
  • Hacker Tent 13:00 - 17:15
  • Continue party in the tent at night

Sunday the 30th

  • Kloster Andechs in the morning

Monday the 1st

  • Most Oktoberfestians depart

Monday, September 03, 2018

Arrival times in Munich?

Chugger and Designated Walker Munich arrival: 8am on Thursday
Barleyman and Paulaner Girl:  11:00am Thursday

When is everyone else getting in?

Some great insight

Saturday, September 01, 2018

This is rough duty. :-)

Trip planning session with spouse . Hazy Blond Ale..Thorn Brewery

Friday, August 31, 2018

Following up with Barley Man.  Hitting stride tonight.  Only one more Hofbrauhaus in America to hit and I have been to all of them!  Pittsburgh is in my sights to finish the mission.  In Saint Louis, Missouri and is this place gigantic!

In case you do not know this is my lovely youngest daughter debating weather she should drink my beer while I was not looking.  In addition, Patti added a video for your listening pleasure.  Not certain it will play so here goes!  PROST!

Practice makes perfect.  Starting to hit stride.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

An evening out recommendation.

Ok, I'll be the one to bring it up, and face the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.

During our Oktoberfest training session last Saturday, we discussed various options for the tent visits. Obviously we have our reservations on Saturday afternoon, but what about other visits? We talked about the need for an evening visit during the heightened fun and debauchery. Unfortunately, 10 people trying to get a table at night is problematic. How could we mitigate this problem? Well, we could just split into groups and go for it. Probably works, but how would we split?

One option discussed was to split into a tent and non-tent group. Some people think there are more important things than the tents at night, and that is fine. We could have a group that does the tents, and another group that goes for a nice dinner, explores other Munich venues, or maybe goes shopping. No judgement.

Comments? Thoughts? Who would like a tent night? Who would like something else? Which night would work best?


Friday, August 24, 2018

Beer to the Next Level

It had to come sooner or later. Sleep with your beer.

"Woody Trip" Trademark Infringement

The owner, Tony of "Big Wood" should have been on the "Woody Trip"  I am certain he would have contributed to the conversations:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Munich Dunkel in San Diego

Still training. This time a Munich Dunkel from Mason Ale Works.

We got our trachen wear from Nice quality and fit well. And believe it or not I ordered it from Germany on 8/17 and got it today!  No VAT no customs charges like last time. So there is still time to buy yourself something new to wear to the weis'n

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Aftermath of Wiesn Kok

or is this just Einfahrt after a few?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Our First Beer

Keith ...
Sent from my iPhone


Oktoberfest Training Event

The Dayton Oktoberfest contingent is heading to Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati for dinner and brews. Also, I'm watching the Better Late Than Ever episode where the guys go to Munich. If you have never seen the show, it's great. Terry Bradshaw, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and William Shatner travel the wold.

Photographic evidence to follow.


Holy shit .......    white stuff you’ll see being sold at Oktoberfest. And not just by some guy behind the beer garden; I mean by tent servers. Crazy world!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Cha Ching Cha Ching (Part II)

I tried posting this last night, but my iPad was having brain farts. The point being, with the new exchange rates, they may well be paying us to drink beer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Possible Day Trips

Jane is raising the following options for day trips. Please opine.

Regensburg: meet your guide at Munich Central Station and board your train to Regensburg. Your journey takes roughly 1.5 hours, and as you travel, your guide will talk to you about Regensburg and its history. Standing on the Danube River and once a Roman settlement, Regensburg was the first capital of Bavaria, and flourished between the 11th and 13th centuries with trading links that reached as far as Venice and Kiev. $53

Munich Old Town tour with a pickup from your central hotel or alternatively, meet your private guide near Munich Central Station. Then, set off to explore the medieval streets while learning about the city's fascinating history and culture. If there's something you want to know more about,
simply let your guide know; your tour is private so your itinerary can be tailored to your interests. $300

Third Reich tour: Munich was the birthplace of the Nazi Party and the homof its headquarters. The voice of Adolf Hitler resounded around the public squares and streets of Munich before being heard anywhere else in Germany. As the stage upon which some of the Nazis' most notorious crimes, from Hitler's failed Putsch to the horrific Kristallnacht, the largest anti-Semitic progrom seen in Europe for centuries and a dismal milestone on the road to the Holocaust were launched, Munich was the nursery of a movement that would shake humanity with some of the most infamous and terrible events in history.$25

Brewery tour: Meet your guide in central Munich and then head by coach to the Spaten brewery. When you arrive, meet experienced brewmasters who will tell you all about the brewery's history and Germany's beer culture.Learn how the beer is brewed according to the original Bavarian 'Order of Purity,' which follows the Bavarian Purity Law enacted in 1516 by Duke Wilhelm IV of
Bavaria $35

Central Munich and Third Reich: Experience a walking tour through central Munich focusing on the City's association with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. The tour draws together modern day Munich with it's more sinister past which is not obvious to the casual visitor. Your highly experienced native English speaking guide will lead you through this beautiful city, pointing out structures pertaining to the period whilst interweaving the story with a biography of Adolf Hitler and his relationship with the city.$22
Chugger 2016. Great trip enjoyed by all. I wish you all a great trip sorry I will miss it this year.

Ein prosit von Oktoberfestband die Kirchdorfer
Only 38 days from now!

Thursday, August 09, 2018


MAGA Caps and Shirts. For sure you will be popular in Munich at Oktoberfest.

We take pre-orders.
Post your size and numbers.
BTW: this is NOT political this is LOL! 😀

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Amazing meals...

This is what we have to look forward to.  Schnitzel, spatzle, potato pancake, beer, goulash.  I can't move!

Training on the West Coast

In training at the Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach.  Very authentic. Beer garden is a but small, but they have huge pretzels and Hofbrau. 
I am providing this link as a public service.  You now can calculate your daily consumption rate and multiply by the pricing the link provides.  I am a bit curious, I never knew you could get lemonade?

The link has detail pricing per tent.

The Official 2018 Beer Prices

And there goes the 11€ mark.

The good news: Several lemonades didn't only stay at last year's price, but got even cheaper.
The bad news: In several beer tents, one liter of beer now costs you more than 11€.

The Mass (1 liter of beer) will cost you something between 10.70€ and 11.50€ this year. That is an average increase of 3.57% compared to last year’s beer prices. The cheapest beer can be found at the Museum Tent at the Old Wiesn and at the Ammer tent.

Whereas it is quite common that beer prices go up significantly each year, a novelty is prices of lemoades and Spezi going down in some tents.  
The tent proprietors explain this year's raise in prices because of the higher contingent rent for their tents. Because of increased security measures, the city of Munich had increased those rents last year.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Inaccurate Roster Entry

Barley Man,

I believe your web site entry for the 1997 roster is incorrect. I find no photographic evidence of Little John attending. In his place, you should have Herr Rang's brother in-law, Jim. The bank man.

Dan, please confirm.

Two group photos showing Jim and Not Little John.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Looking forward to tomorrow (4 August)


Well, exactly 8 weeks from tomorrow (4 August) we will be sitting at our reserved table in the Hacker Tent.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pissort of the century.

It will be tough to beat this one in Augsburg.

Where are the blog posts?

Pretty sparse for an event that is less than 60 days away. Get posting you lazy Oktoberfestians.

Posts since January

Friday, July 27, 2018

At the Old Schnitzelhaus on Anna Marie Island Florida.  Getting ready to eat mass quantities of pork!  Just getting body accustomed to such fine food and beer!  A nice Hacker Pschoor Oktoberfest brew, pork schnitzel along with some nice spaetzle. 

New Rides This Year...

Which one will entice Barley Man after 6 Maß, a half hendl, and 2 brats?

  • The "Chaos Pendel" („Pendulum of Chaos“) resembles a combination of a swing and a slingshot and has 2 cabins with 8 passengers each going into all possible directions.

  • Named after the Hollywood classic, the “Predator” takes no prisoners: The gondolas flip and tumble on two hydraulic poles. 

Just wondering.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New Beer Drinker's Guide Web Site

Our icon of all things bier has updated the Beer Drinker's Guide to Munich web site. It looks nice and fresh. I don't believe it has changed since we first discovered it. He did remove the discussion about the Field Researchers. Argh!  We have lost our notoriety. I have emailed Larry and expressed our concerns, and asked if he will be in München this year.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Trying to get Patti in shape for Oktobfest.  PS that is my AndechsVollbier!  She is drinking water.  This is going to be hard on my liver to get her in shape!

Let's revisit day trips

Barbus has previously suggested this...
(fixed for English link)

and Barley Man incrementally added...

Both of these are on the same train route about 1 hr from Munchen.

Start another post for other suggestions, or comment here for this one.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Exchange Rate

$1.17 to the Euro!

Excellent.. Beers are getting cheaper.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Wonderful Sight...

The transformation of the Wies'n has begun. It won't be long before the bier starts flowing. Keep your eye on the construction via the Web Cam above.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

This one's for Chugger....

Sorry girls, but this was too good to ignore...

Ahem...  an English Lesson....

The teacher asked the class to use the word “fascinate” in a sentence.

Einfahrt put up his hand and said, “My family went to my granddad's farm,  and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating."

The teacher said, “That was good, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate,’ not 'fascinating'.”

Chugger raised his hand.  He said, “My family went to see Rock City and  I was fascinated.”

The teacher said, “Well, that was good Chugger, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate’.”

Little Dan raised his hand, but the teacher hesitated because she had been burned by Little Dan before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word “fascinate,” so she called on him.

Dan said, “My aunt Carolyn has a sweater with ten buttons, but her tits are so big she can only fasten eight!”

Friendly Reminder for the Oktoberfestians...

We are all well aware of the preparation required for the 'fest.  After all we have been going for 25 years.  However,  our preparations tend to focus on the beer aspect.  It is also important to prep your intestinal tract for the onslaught of pork products.  Specifically sausages.  We wouldn't want anyone to have a violent explosive event at the 'fest.  Certainly it should be washed down with beer,  preferably something with active/live yeast.

My dinner last night…  ahhh

dirndl news

He Joyce this is my dirndl. The one I ordered. I hope it fits. There by goes a white blouse.

Friday, July 13, 2018

We had a Chamber of Commerce day in Southwest Ohio last weekend, I drove the Porsche to Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati.  Established in 1865.  Nice German restaurant with a very nice bier garten.  Couple of shots to get in the mood for Oktoberfest.  The big bier is Andechs Vollbier and I did not have to watch Keith huff and puff up that hill to get one of these bad boys. Prost!


I warned Keith, but he threw caution to the wind and is allowing me to post to this blog.  

After a few weeks of discussion, I am accepting Orders for the MAGA caps.  I think you should get rid of the little green felt hat with the little robin feather and get a hat that will allow you to stand out in the crowd.  The great advantage if we get separated we will be able to find one another.  Of course, the angry mob might have already put you under the table.  PS I have plenty of large Goose feathers that I can pick up next to the Goose crap and bring in case you miss your little robin feather.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I’m still dirndl shopping. And thinking about German beer. Schlumberger Lady what does your dirndl look like?

An oldie, but still a goodie...

After work, all the brew masters from the Munich breweries sit together in a pub. Needless to say, each brewer orders beer from his own brand, i.e. the Löwenbräu guy orders Löwenbräu, the Hacker-Pschorr guy orders Hacker-Pschorr, and so on. Last one to go is the Augustiner guy. He orders a Coke. Everybody is stunned, asking - "Why?" - "Well", he finally says with a wide grin, "if you are not ordering any beers, then I won't either."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Time Lapse Video...

of Paulaner Girl's namesake tent...

I Think I Found It !!!

I think it was the year 2007. Dan Rang took us on a tram trip to find a great little Bier Garten. The travel time seemed forever, and Dan looked like he was really in a panic. But then, all of a sudden, there it was. A nice little bier garten snuggled within some tress, right on the main street.

I think this is it, Wintergarten...

Ours is a bit more complicated....

Very tight layovers in AMS... 90 minutes.

Chugger and Designated Walker Itinerary

Here's ours, let's see yours...

Monday, June 25, 2018

Guess the Oktoberfester... Archive

This appears to be from Shipol airport in the mid oughts..

A new milestone this year...

This is the first year we will not have any virgins. Virgin Oktoberstestians that is.

All attendees have at least one Oktoberfest under their belt.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Beer prices announced

 Check out all the details here.

I hope the exchange rate keeps improving for the dollar.  Bottom line, most prices above 11€.

Only 90 days to go....

Until the start of Oktoberfest. Let's start cranking up the posts. Show some interest Oktoberfestians.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Barbus... Please explain...

Paulaner Girl filled up our beer fridge last week.  Yay.  Have some good San Diego beer. However, for my friend's who don't like hops, she bought some Newcastle Brown Ale.

Newcastle Brown Ale is NOT from England.  It is brewed in a country called Holland.  Really?  WTF???

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Starting Prep for the big event

OK,  Wedding done..  ready to focus on Oktoberfest...

Step 1:  Buy some shoes..

And no,  these aren't the $300 puke proof ones.  But I haven't puked at O'fest in a long time.  If ever.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Big Get Well to.....


Hope you are doing well and will be fully recovered by September.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Munich's Finest Wait Staff

Paging Paulaner Girl

Back in 2013 you were querying about where to buy your Dirndl. Since we all know that the one you have is wonderful, where did you eventually get it? I looking for something for Designated Walker.

An Epic Fail

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Will the trend continue?

The Euro to Dollar exchange rate is improving for us. Will this trend continue, and how low will it go?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

A new Era....

The Oktoberfesters History Page has been upgraded for this year's trip!  With new photos, and exciting new look and feel.

Comments cheerfully accepted.  Team Oktoberfestvisits will be adding more in the near future.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Saturday, April 07, 2018

We have a new attendee!

But before I reveal the name, can anyone identify the Oktoberfestian?

First clue... It is not a virgin.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Day trip talk

We already have some good ideas...  I saw an advert for Regensburg,  and thought... what a great idea.  Not so.  Takes way too long to get there.  The bus is the quickest way... 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There might be...

... another attendee.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Flight Itineraries

Ok fellow Oktoberfestians, have you made your flight reservations? If so, post them up here. I know Barbus and Schlumberger Lady are probably driving. The Vozel itinerary is in a previous post.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Beer Futures

Upon noticing that the exchange rate is moving against us,  I started thinking about Beer Futures.

I don't have time to set one up,  nor do i think Hacker Pschorr will accept payment now for Beer in September. What to do....

I guess I can buy Euros now,    to spend on beer in September.   So if the exchange rate worsens to $1.35,  and I invest $1,000 now... I get an extra 65 euros to spend on beers,  @10.75 per beer...That means I have 6 extra beers in Munich. 

           Exchange rate Euros    Mass
Now                1.24 $1,000 € 806.45
September        1.35 $1,000 € 740.74     10.75
                                   € 65.71       6.11 

Flight Reservation Have Been Made!

It took some effort to save money, but the Vozels are booked:

Friday, March 02, 2018

Hotel Alfa Rooms Finalized

2 double rooms for Vozel and Finlay
1 single room for Rang

Linza is still pending.

I will let you know the actual cost when the exchange rate hits my card.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

I've been asked....

Hey Chugger, is there a schedule for this trip?

The answer is 'not really'. We typically decide one day what we will do the next. There are some things scheduled in advance, though. On arrival day (Thursday) it is customary to meet at the Hofbrauhaus to get our juices flowing and just kick back after our travels. The only other item specifically scheduled is our tent reservation Saturday afternoon.

Everything else happens as it happens.

Saturday, February 17, 2018