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Beer mug brawling spikes at 200th anniversary Oktoberfest

The Local · 24 Sep 2010, 08:28

Published: 24 Sep 2010 08:28 GMT+02:00

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Revellers at the beer festival resorted to hitting each other with the one-litre glass beer mugs, known as Maßkrüge, 15 times in the first five days alone, compared to nine in the same time period last year, Munich police reported.

The initial cause of most tankard attacks often remains unclear, police spokesperson Peter Beck said.

“One of the reasons is an excess of alcohol consumption,” he added, explaining that this often leads to conflicts.

But the suggestion to use safer plastic steins was vehemently rejected by organisers five years ago. Their argument? Drinking beer out of plastic cups is simply sacrilege and Bavarian beer requires a vessel befitting its status.


Munich's Oktoberfest runs from September 18 until October 4 this year. A special historical area offers old carousels, special beer and other attractions for the 200th anniversary celebrations.

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11:01 September 24, 2010 by RobertUSA
As a regular attendee of Oktoberfest of Bavarian descent, I think the problem is the Hofbrau tent, which caters to Australians, English, Americans and other visitors where beer hall brawling is much more accepted. I've never seen any fighting in the Hacker-Pschorr, Augustiner, Paulaner or Spaten tents. Some of the fault also lies with the servers, who overserve young men to the point where they are basically blacked out drunk.
11:12 September 24, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Where are the liberals when we need them? Ban those evil beer mugs!!!
11:15 September 24, 2010 by tallady
John Paul44, They are hanging out with there pals in the hood.
11:48 September 24, 2010 by auniquecorn
It´s becouse of the smoking ban, Everyones uptight, and stressing for a cig. If they go outside they lost their seat.

Way to go Gov.
15:49 September 24, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Too bad the drunken louts aren't allowed to carry firearms. Then we'd really have some Oktoberfest fun, not to mention a much-need Malthusian correction.
18:05 September 24, 2010 by willowsdad
Right you are, auniqecorn. A mass nicotine fit just ain't a good time!
18:06 September 24, 2010 by Raimund
I say just start serving the beer in glass baseball bats and designate a special tent for the trouble makers, and don't forget to charge a €20 deposit for the new baseball bat beer glasses.
01:16 September 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I don't think they play much baseball over here. I say give 'em guns.
04:07 September 25, 2010 by JohnPaul44
I last visited Germany in 1953. As an American flier stationed in North Africa, I made frequent flights to Germany and was very impressed with the German people I met. I enjoyed the Oktoberfest and Fashing festivals. Now all I know is what I read in the papers. What happened?

I feel free to speak now, because I did go through the little ritual of linking arms and singing Ein, Zwei, Sofa! I understood that made me one of them, or at least entitled me to address them as "du". So now I say, du bist Unsinn!
11:32 September 25, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Sorry, NoBullJim. I admit I did not bother to read any forum rules. My fault, but what rule did I break? I mean the question seriously. Must all posts be completely in Engish?
15:56 September 25, 2010 by willowsdad
JP44: I guess they're afraid too many "natives" will start writing in and their German isn't gut genug to keep up.
16:13 September 26, 2010 by erdinger
Get a look above at every Maßkrüge, every Maß is short of bier . Where are those who are in charge of checking that patrons are getting the full litre that their paying for.
06:51 September 27, 2010 by toemag
I agree on the smoking ban thing. I have a lot of customers in Austria whom will not be going if they can't smoke when they are there. This year they will hardly notice any losses, over the next 2-3 years they will notice less people attending, although they'll up their Maß prices to cover their losses.

It's a public event and to legally carry a firearm there even if you have a CCW you'd still need a written permission to do so by the organisers. But criminals and head cases don't respect the laws now do they ;-)
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