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The Beer Maids and Beer Waiters of Oktoberfest

The Beer Maids and Beer Waiters at Oktoberfest are among the best in the world after all in order to even get the job they need to be able to carry at least 10 steins (those massive beer mugs) at a time.

The Beer Maids and Beer Waiters of Oktoberfest

Besides the beer what is the one thing you can’t have Oktoberfest without?

The Beer Maids & Beer Waiters of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Munich starts tomorrow and with at least 5-6 million people attending and consuming on average about 2 million gallons of beer, you need some heavy duty waiters to pull off a feat like that. The role of Beer Maid and Beer Waiter is a coveted one as you don’t just carry massive plates of food,

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Image by: Dispatch Europe

but also really heavy mugs called steins full of beer. In order to even apply for the job you must be able to carry at least 10 at a time. It is a long hard day. 16 hours battling crowds, serving all kinds of people from all over the world. Some are professional waiters, but some do it for the experience and actually take vacation from their regular day jobs to do it like Sonja Herpich. A photographer in her daily life, she started doing it, so she could tick off a dream on her bucket list, but ended up loving it so much she comes back every year. Check out this fabulous article from Munchies: “This Beer Maid Will Work Oktoberfest Until She Dies.”

According to Daily Two Cents:

“Over one thousand of the most beautiful young women in German vie for the right to work as one of over 1,000 Oktoberfest beer maidens in the massive beer tents each year. Some are hired by the beer maidens of Oktoberfest selection committee. Others are hired by one of the giant corporate beer tent organizers.”

There is an annual competition at Oktoberfest that Beer Maids and Beer Waiters enter to see who can carry the most steins. And the competition for world record titles is open to Beer Maids and Beer Waiters at Oktoberfests around the globe.

The current female Guinness Book of World Records Holder is Anita Schwartz with 16 steins weighing a total of 45kgs.

and the male record holder is Oliver Struempfel with 27 steins weighing approx.76 kgs.

Now that’s an impressive feat!


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FYI–traditional garments are not required, but a classic lederhosen or dirndl improves the taste of the beer.

*Lederhosen/dirndls not included; costumes may not actually improve the taste of beer.

If I B U I’d Seriously Read More:

What’s Oktoberfest?

List of Oktoberfests Around The World

Foods for the 16 Days of Oktoberfest

How to Pick the Perfect Dirndl for Oktoberfest

How to Pick Lederhosen for Oktoberfest

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