By Bernie Kilkelly //
Oktoberfest season starts today, Sept. 17, with the Munich Oktoberfest officially back after two years off due to the pandemic. The 16 days of festivities will kick off with the ceremonial tapping of the first beer barrel by the mayor of Munich, who opens the fest with the Bavarian exclamation “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped”).
The six breweries allowed to produce the traditional Oktoberfest beer served at the fest start to pour, with the beer made with the same ingredients and recipes used each year. The strict German Purity Law of 1487 (Reinheitsgebot) applies, producing the famed marzen beer with a rich golden yellow color.