Who would have thought that a simple Bavarian wedding celebration in honor of King Ludwig’s marriage on October 1810 would inspire what’s known today as Oktoberfest. The 17/18-day beer festival entertains 7 million people from around the world with more than 6 million liters of Bavarian beer!
The best option to fly to this year’s Oktoberfest is with Lufthansa. The airline strives to be the first choice in aviation for this year’s festival that will commence in Munich, Germany on 17 September and will end on 3 October.
Travellers from all over the world enroute to Oktoberfest will get to kick-off the festival with some free German beer that is served on board. As Germany is famous for it’s love of beer, Lufthansa will provide WARSTEINER to get travellers prepared for the festivities ahead. The WARSTEINER brand is one of Germany’s leading premium pilsener brands and is consumed across the world and appreciated for its consistently high quality. “WARSTEINER is on board of all Lufthansa flights and is a pleasure above the clouds. Travellers can expect that the German pilsener will give them a taste of Germany before their arrival to the Oktoberfest,” says Dr. Andre Schulz, Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa.
Munich Airport, the world’s one and only airport brewery will also welcome travellers from all over the world for the Oktoberfest to their airport brewery. “The novelty of an airport brewery is today as innovative as it was in 1999 when the microbrewery Airbräu, opened at the Munich Airport,” adds Schulz. “Travellers from all over the world and locals alike have been enjoying its authentic Bavarian dishes and freshly brewed beer for over 15 years now.”
The Airbräu’s highlight is the large beer garden, which is open approximately from May to October, daily from 8am to 1am. “A tip for passengers seeking a quick refresher is that In Terminal 2 there is a small Airbräu next to the gates on level 05, the terminal’s non-Schengen level,” comments Schulz. In Terminal 2 Up to 600 visitors can enjoy their food and drinks outside, surrounded by shady trees right in the middle of the stylish Munich Airport Center. Airbräu prices are known to be a bargain with a pint of beer costing only 2,75 Euros where five special seasonal beers are offered each year at the terminal. For example a winter beer called Krampus or Mayday is a dark wheat beer, which is served and offered in May.
“Master brewer Rene Jacobsen invites visitors to watch the brewing sessions taking place in the main restaurant; where approximately 250 people can sit around the brewery kettles and observe the process from beer brewing to storage in the 530-gallon kettles,” says Schulz. For those who want to know even more, Airbräu offers special brewery tours with beer tasting at the terminal. The brewing sessions take place in the main restaurant, where about 350 people can sit around the brew kettles and observe the process of brewing, following the beer’s storage in 530-gallon kettles. “Master brewer Rene Jacobsen has no problems to be observed at work especially since he leads the brewery tour,” adds Schulz. “In 2012, the DLG Test Center for Food has awarded the Airbräu with a gold medal for the outstanding quality of the beer Jetstream. The sensory and analytical quality of the beers are tested and evaluated as well as its proper storage and the presentation to the customer.” Munich Airport’s brewery has participated in the DLG-quality testing for four years, and has earned the Gold Medal each time.
Among the beer enticements are the eight different types of beer brewed at the Airbräu. The three of the beers that are always available are:
Fliegerquell – A fine bitter lager.
Kumulus – The more mature wheat beer.
Jetstreamand – The latest addition in the pilsener assortment.
8 German phrases that anyone attending the Oktoberfest can look forward to using:
Schulz states that in preparation for the annual Oktoberfest, taking place at Munich, Germany from 17 September to 3 October, we at Lufthansa want our passengers to be well prepared with some German phrases that will come in handy with getting them through the festival.
- If you would want another beer to be served, simple say “Noch ein Bier bitte!” which means “Another beer please!”
- When raising your glass to say cheers, just shout out “Prost!” for everyone to join in.
- If you are feeling jovial and want to dance, turn to your partner and say “Möchtest du tanzen?” which means, “Do you want to dance?”
- And when wanting to dedicate a few kind words in a toast, just say “Ich möchte einen Toast machen!” to say, “I want to make a toast!”
- To let the Germans know that they make the best beer, simply say “Ihr Deutschen macht das beste Bier!” which means, “You Germans make the best beer!”
- To get some attention for your troubles for dressing in Lederhosen, ask those at the festival “Magst du meine Lederhose?”, which means “Do you like my lederhosen?”.
- Lastly, when you need to go to the bathroom, you can say “Wo finde ich die Toilette?” which means, “Where can I find the bathroom?”
- If speaking German is not your strength, then at least make sure you know this one phrase to add onto any of the questions listed above. “Können Sie mir bitte auf Englisch antworten?” which means, “Please can you answer me in English?”