Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears
Bavarian officials have canceled Oktoberfest festivities for a second year in a row due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, saying that there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations, which traditionally bring in visitors from around the world, during a global pandemic.
German beer sales suffer as virus restrictions bite
Official data show that beer sales in Germany were down 5.5 percent last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)BERLIN – Beer sales in Germany were down 5.5% last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Monday. That figure doesn't include alcohol-free beer or beer imported from outside the European Union. German beer sales have been declining for years as a result of health concerns and other factors. Exports to other countries in the EU dropped 13.1% to 778.2 million liters (206 million gallons) while those to nations elsewhere were up 3.7% to 725.3 million liters (192 million gallons).
Germany pays tribute to victims of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
BERLIN – Senior officials and survivors paid tribute Saturday to the victims of a deadly neo-Nazi attack on Munich’s Oktoberfest 40 years ago, as Germany’s president warned that far-right extremism remains a persistent problem in the country. The bombing on the evening of Sept. 26, 1980, claimed 13 lives, including that of three children and the attacker, student Gundolf Koehler, a supporter of a banned far-right group. “Right-wing extremism has deep roots in our society,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at a memorial event in the Bavarian capital. Steinmeier said the perpetrators weren't “disturbed people,” but rather part of “networks that we need to investigate.”An initial investigation of the Oktoberfest attack concluded that Koehler acted alone, out of personal frustration. Bavaria's governor, Markus Soeder, apologized to survivors and the victims' families for mistakes made during the initial investigation.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in this brewery’s biergarten
Grosse Pointe Park – Here at Atwater in the Park, the beer is flowing, and the schnitzel is fresh and ready to eat. Atwater continued to grow, and about 7 years ago they took over a church in Grosse Pointe Park, and remade it into a brewpub, calling it Atwater in the Park. Atwater in the Park is located at 1175 Lakepointe Street in Grosse Pointe Park. They are hosting a socially-distant Oktoberfest in their biergarten on October 3rd from noon to midnight. You can also celebrate with them virtually by getting Atwater Beer to-go and tagging them in pictures you post on social media, which they may share.
German prosecutors close probe of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
BERLIN German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have closed their investigation into a deadly far-right attack on Munich's Oktoberfest in 1980, more than five years after they revived the probe in hopes that new testimony might point to previously unknown co-conspirators. Thirteen people were killed, including three children, and more than 200 wounded when a bomb exploded at the Oktoberfest on the evening of Sept. 26, 1980. But in December 2014, the federal prosecutor's office said it were looking at the matter again after a previously unknown witness surfaced. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the witness' indications that there may have been co-conspirators hadn't been corroborated by the renewed investigation. They said they had failed to find any other solid evidence that others may have participated as accessories, instigators or accomplices in Koehler's attack, though that possibility can't entirely be ruled out.
Hundreds lose driving licenses during Oktoberfest e-scooter mayhem
German police have revealed that hundreds of electric scooter users lost their driving licenses after riding while drunk at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. (CNN) - German police have revealed that hundreds of electric scooter users lost their driving licenses after riding while drunk at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. A total of 414 people were caught riding an e-scooter while under the influence, and 254 lost their driving licenses as a result, according to a police statement released Monday. This means that drink-driving laws apply to riders -- as some found out the hard way during the world's largest beer festival. E-scooters offer an affordable and quick way to make short trips in congested cities, much like bicycles, but without anyone breaking a sweat.
Say prost to these Oktoberfest events and ideas around Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Oktoberfest season is upon on us, which means lederhosen, pretzels and celebrating good beer in and around Ann Arbor. Here are four ways to observe the beloved, or beer-loved, German celebration in and around Ann Arbor. Arbor Brewing Company,Oct. 18 -- 5 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 19 -- noon to midnightJoin Arbor Brewing Company for its annual Oktoberfest Street Party. Get in the Oktoberfest spirit by playing games, listening to music and trying out a featured flight of Oktoberfest beer. Make your own Oktoberfest beer crawlStop by Ann Arbors many breweries and beer hot spots to taste their Oktoberfest beers.
German court rules that hangovers are an illness
Isabella Mendes/Pexels(CNN) - Finally, the excuse employees around the world have used after a night of drunken antics is legit: A German court has ruled that hangovers are a disease. The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt made the decision in a case against an unnamed company that sold "anti-hangover" products. According to the court, any minor disturbance in the body's normal functioning is considered an illness. Therefore, the court ruled, a hangover is an illness. The company, then, cannot claim that its powders and shots can cure hangovers, the court ruled.
Google celebrates the start of Oktoberfest with a pretzel doodle
A salty, mouthwatering pretzel doodle is how Google is welcoming Oktoberfest, a 16-day celebration known as the Bavarian fall festival. (Google)(CNN) - A salty, mouthwatering pretzel doodle is how Google is welcoming Oktoberfest, a 16-day celebration known as the Bavarian fall festival. Today's especially delicious doodle is a short video tribute showing pretzel dough being transformed into the golden knotted treats so many people know and love. "Today's Doodle, freshly baked by Esther's German Bakery, celebrates the one and only pretzel one of the world's most versatile and beloved foods!" "As Oktoberfest, the Bavarian fall festival, begins today, Brotfrauen (or bread ladies) will be carrying baskets of chewy Brezeln through Bierhallen (massive tents) in Germany, the center of Oktoberfest revelry."
21st annual Rochester Mills Beer Co.'s Oktoberfest returns Sept. 27-28
Leon Neal/Getty ImagesROCHESTER, Mich. - Celebrate fall at the 21st annual Rochester Mills Beer Co.'s Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 and 28. The German-themed festival held in downtown Rochester will benefit local charities, including Make-a-Wish of Michigan and the YMCA Waves swim team. About 1,400 gallons of Oktoberfest Lager has been brewed for the event, which will include German food, beer, music and dancing. There will also be live music in the Rochester Mills pub from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. each day. The festival will be in the North lot, adjacent to Rochester Mills.
Your guide to September festivals around Metro Detroit
Just because kids are back in school and football is back on TV doesnt mean things have to start cooling down in Metro Detroit. The weather is still beautiful and that summer vibe is still in the air, meaning your festival-going days arent done for the year just yet. Get ready to laugh, drink, and rock out at these upcoming festivals in the D.Read all about it here. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Celebrate all things dog and craft beer at Royal Oak's Barktoberfest
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Royal Oak's Barktoberfest gets dogs involved in its Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy craft beer and music with your furry friends at Memorial Park on Sept. 14 and 15. More than 30 pet-related vendors, including stores selling dog food, fashion and homemade gifts, will be at the event. Dogs can participate in a pug run, costume contest, Chihuahua and wiener dog races and the ugliest dog contest. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Detroit Dog Rescue and the Royal Oak Animal Shelter.
Michigan's Founders Brewing releasing Oktoberfest-style beer for first time
Founders Brewing Co. is releasing its first Oktoberfest-style beer next month. (Photo: Founders)GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Founders Brewing Co.'s newest Mothership Series installment is a first for the Grand Rapids-based brewery. Founders announced Thursday it would be releasing its first Oktoberfest-style beer next month. The brewery used imported German malts and hops for the beer, which it describes as rich and malty with a slightly sweet backbone. The beer will be limited and will only be available for sale in the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms when it's released Sept. 27.