History of Starkbier Festival

Munich Starkbierfest

HISTORY OF STARKBIER FESTIVAL Starkbierfest is a public celebration throughout March this year, though some biergartens began in February. The heart of this festival is in Munich, Germany, specifically at Paulaner am Nockherberg Brewery, where it all began. This year, the ceremonial keg tapping was on February 28, marking the official beginning of the festival season,…

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History of Oktoberfest: Why Does it Start in September?

Oktoberfest

HISTORY OF OKTOBERFEST Why is the famous German beer festival held in September if it’s called Oktoberfest? Officially, the beer festival starts on the third Saturday in September and lasts 16 to 18 days through early October. Oktoberfest 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s back again this year, starting tomorrow.…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau, Part 2: April 30, 1945

Dachau gate

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU, Part 2: APRIL 30, 1945 In Part 1, I discussed the Nazi Concentration Camps and the initial movement of US Army divisions into Dachau.   Dachau: The Camp As my father and the 42nd “Rainbow” Division moved into the Dachau Concentration Camp, of the 32,000 survivors still alive in…

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History of Starkbier Festival

Munich Starkbierfest

HISTORY OF STARKBIER FESTIVAL March 13 begins the Starkbierfest. The heart of this festival is in Munich, Germany, specifically at Paulaner am Nockherberg Brewery, where it all began, and lasts about two weeks. It is unlike its more well-known sibling Oktoberfest in a few ways.   Little Known Outside of Germany and Munich in particular, it’s not widely known,…

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