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22/10/20.    A bright Christmas light shines in Munich at the end of a dark 2020 tunnel

It’s official: the City of Munich has declared that the Münchner Christkindlmarkt is set to begin as scheduled on November 23.

The Münchner Christkindlmarkt, no doubt the most popular Christmas market in the city, usually takes place every year at Marienplatz and surrounding streets in Munich’s Altstadt. The plan is to extend the size of the site to allow for more social distancing and the consumption of alcohol and food will only be allowed in "gastro islands" - so no wandering the street stalls sipping a hot Glühwein and munching a Bratwurst this year.  However, what a bright note to end the year on.  More good news, the current plan is to extend the Christkindlmarkt until Jan 10th so we are booking our cheap flights right now!!

 

19/09/20.      Official First Day of the Oktoberfest

A very sad day in Munich due to the cancelation. A ray of light in the UK as we launch our Festival beer box today. 

As the Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner succinctly put it when he announced the cancellation of this years OktoberFest: "A work of art can only be done completely or not at all".

So no shortcuts for us, we will only stock Festival beers from the historic 6 Munich breweries who are allowed to set up their tents at the OktoberFest for a very good reason, they are simply the best.

With this is mind on this official day when the Festival was due to begin we proudly present the 6 official OktoberFest beers from Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner and Spaten.

Available in 6 or 12 pack boxes, Bavaria Brau is the only supplier offering the authentic, original and matchless 6 OktoberFest beers. Don’t accept inferior substitutes.  Prost!

 

10/09/20.       Munich Airport cancels 2020 FlugHof Christmas Markets

While Munich City Council still have tentative plans to operate a scaled down Christmas markets event later this year. the Munich International Airport confirmed today that they would not be staging their highly popular Christmas markets event this year. The annual event held between T1 and T2 from mid November to 23rd December has become one of the most popular Christmas markets and will be sadly missed. Lower airport passenger numbers and continued uncertainty over social distancing were the main reasons given.  

 

01/09/20.      All major events across Bavaria remain prohibited until 31 December

It was announced today that all major events and gatherings are prohibited by the Federal Government and the Bavarian State Government until at least 31.12.2020.  For spectators at sporting events, a uniform nationwide regulation will be developed by the end of October. More updates on the traditional Christmas markets will follow later in September.

 

24/08/20.     Bayern Munich became champions of Europe for the sixth time on Sunday night. 

While the match itself wasn't the most dramatic of Champions League climaxes, the unprecendented circumstances in which it was played in an empty Lisbon stadium meant the 2020 final will live long in the collective memory. Likewise, no mass celebration in the Marienplatz and communal showers of Paulaner this year

The usually sober press in Germany focused on a Bayern team transformed under new coach Hansi Flick. "With a sense of invincibility: Seldom has a team won the Champions League as superiorly and deservedly as Bayern," read a piece in the broadsheet Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Tabloid Bild compared this team with the treble winners of 2013. "After the Super Bayern of Jupp Heynckes in 2013, comes the Mega Bayern of Hansi Flick" a headline read.

The last word goes to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, who wrote that "no other Munich triumph in the Champions League was as deserved as this one." Given the competition from Bayern's previous five winning teams, that's some praise.  

 

07/08/20.    Big 6 become Magnificent 7 as Geisinger are granted historic official Munich brewery status

Amazing news as a Bavarian brewery has been granted official Munich brewery status for the first time in a century, guaranteeing a place alongside the big 6 at the famous Oktoberfest beer festival.

Founded in a garage in 2006 and initially financed by crowdfunding, the Giesinger brewery now draws water from a spring in the city and brews beer within its walls – the criteria required for an official Munich brewery.

To claim the status, last awarded at the end of the 19th century, the company had to drill a 150-metre (500-feet) deep well to access the special spring water.

Only six other brewers have the lofty title, which gives them permission to use the classic brew name "Münchner Hell": Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbraü, Löwenbräu , Paulaner and Spaten.

Being a Munich brewery means Giesinger could have its own tent at the huge Oktoberfest beer festival in 2021, though production would have to be significantly ramped up to meet the demands of the festival's thousands of thirsty drinkers.

 

10/07/20.      After 83 years of Bräurosl: No application for the Wiesn 2021.

Sad news for all who enjoyed a Maß of Hacker-Pschorr in the Bräurosl festival tent.  

Farewell to the largest folk festival in the world: The Heide family announced they will not be applying to run the Bräurosl at the 2021 Oktoberfest. "Mind games about a reorientation have been going on for some months now," said Daniela Heide during a press conference. The family's Oktoberfest tradition goes back to 1936, when great-grandfather Georg Heide took over Bräurosl at the Oktoberfest for an initial period of three years. After the Second World War, the Pschorr beer tent was back at Theresienwiese in 1951, and was later taken over by Willy Heide – who, by the way, initiated the traditional concert at the Bavaria statue and was also the spokesman for the Oktoberfest hosts for many years.

The Bräurosl tent will return in 2021 but the unique atmosphere cultivated by the Heide family will be missed. Lets hope the yodeller remains in situ

 

22/05/20.    Bavarian Beer Gardens are reopening.

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax and spring brings better weather in Bavaria, beer gardens have reopened across the state.

The idea dawned back in the 19th century, as Bavarian breweries planted gardens and trees above cellars, to keep their lagers cool enough to ferment underground.

On Jan. 4, 1812, Bavaria’s first king signed a decree to allow brewers the ability to sell beer on the spot and the traditional Biergarten was born to become a core part of Bavarian life.

Though at limited capacity and with strict social distancing/mask wearing protocols in place, a traditional part of Bavarian life is making a welcome return.

 

Its official, as feared by the worldwide officianados, the Oktoberfest has been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid.
"It is the biggest and most beautiful beer festival in the world", said Bavaria's Minister-President Markus Söder. But the Oktoberfest will have to be cancelled in 2020 due to the Corona Pandemic. Söder announced this today, April 21, 2020, in a joint press conference with Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter.

The Oktoberfest 2020 should actually take place from September 19 to October 4. About six million visitors from all over the world were expected. In times of Covid-19, however, the danger of infection in the mostly crowded beer tents and the many people in the streets and alleys on the Theresienwiese would be too high.

"We have experienced that the après-ski in Ischgl, various beer festivals for example, or even carnival events were unfortunately virus hubs," said Söder. This is why the greatest sensitivity applies to public festivals. "As long as there is no vaccine, as long as there is no medicine, special care must be taken."

For Munich's Lord Mayor, April 21, 2020 is "a quite sad day", Dieter Reiter said in the State Chancellery this morning. The Wiesn is the central Munich festival and highlight of the year – at least for many people. "Not to let it happen is a bitter pill to swallow."

"This will disappoint a lot of people," says Reiter. But the name "the biggest folk festival in the world" shows what this is all about: "We have about two million foreign visitors, we have a beer festival where people sit close together." The Lord Mayor continued: "I am a big Wiesn fan, not only because of my task of tapping, but I am at the Theresienwiese almost every day. That's one of the hardest decisionsyou can make." But the health of the people is the highest priority.

A visibly affected Lord Mayor spoke of "several hearts beating in his chest", but unfortunately the Oktoberfest "simply cannot exist in these times". For him personally, the traditional tapping in the Schottenhamel tent is one of the central official acts of the Munich mayor. "I hope that in 2021, no, I'm sure that we will see another Oktoberfest in 2021 - hopefully under different conditions by then. Until then, I must beg your indulgence that there was no other solution."

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