1. Its Name Is Misleading
- The festival actually begins in late September. It’s called “Oktober” because the festival lasts until the first Sunday of October
- The beer must be brewed within the city limits of Munich • It must be (at a minimum) 6% alcohol by volume • Breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under this criteria are: Augustiner-Brau, Hacker-Pschorr-Brau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner-Brau, Spatenbrau, and Staatliches Hofbrau-Munchen. They are known as “The Big Six.”
- Beer is served in the Maß, a mug that contains exactly 1 litre.