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from Photographers' Blog:

The thrill of the fair

Munich, Germany

By Michael Dalder

Many of us have been invited to wedding ceremonies and receptions in our time, as guests or even as photographers. One Saturday, at five o’clock in the morning, my colleague Lukas Barth and I prepared our camera gear to photograph a wedding party, with around six million guests.

I’m not sure how many of them were aware of the fact that the party they were attending – “the Oktoberfest” – originally celebrated and honoured the marriage of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810.

A gingerbread heart is pictured during the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich

Almost 200 years later, the celebration still exists in the form of the world’s biggest beer festival, a place where tradition meets madness. The fairground has been called “Theresienwiese”, or “the Wies’n” by experienced visitors and, despite the name “Oktoberfest”, the festival always starts on the penultimate Saturday of September.

Visitors enjoy a beer during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich

Visitors from all over the world – some dressed more or less in traditional Bavarian attire – wait expectantly to taste the special Oktoberfest beer, which, with around six percent alcohol, is a lot stronger than regular German beer.

from Sakari Suoninen:

Beer washes out German inflation angst

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Germans, many say, have inflation angst in their DNA. But there is one exception to that. Beer.

Although prices at Oktoberfest have been inflation-beating for years, consumption keeps rising. Average price of the 1-liter (35 oz) stein of beer will be 9.66 euros ($ 12.85), up 3.6 percent from last year's festivities, compared with German overall annual inflation of 1.5 percent.

from Breakingviews:

Frackers ignore German beer angst at their peril

By Kevin Allison and Olaf Storbeck

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Contemporary Germans tend to be open-minded and tolerant. Their permissiveness ends when it comes to beer. It must be eight degrees cold, with a decent head and brewed only with the purest water, barley, hops and yeast. Gas drillers eyeing potential shale opportunities in Europe ignore at their peril this centuries-old fastidiousness, which dates back to the famous Reinheitsgebot of 1516.

from Entrepreneurial:

Jim Koch on owning your own business

In the latest episode of Impact Players, Robert Wolf interviews Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company, the brewer of Sam Adams beer. The two discuss entrepreneurship, the happiness that comes from owning your own business, and of course... beer.

from Tales from the Trail:

For Portman, it all comes down to beer

Rob Portman is upset about the tax laws that make a real American beer hard to find.

The senator from Ohio, who is seen as a leading candidate to be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, spoke out at the Reuters Washington Summit against tax policy that puts American companies at a disadvantage.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You only shot pictures of WHAT?

 

Blog Guy, how's Oktoberfest shaping up this year, if you take my meaning? You know, those Bavarian women tend to wear some pretty risqué outfits over there, huh?

Boy, I'll say. For your convenience, our photo people have put together this combo shot, showing cleavage of the visitors wearing traditional Dirndls.

from Breakingviews:

Foster’s gets full measure from SABMiller

By Quentin Webb
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Like two quarrelsome drunks who are suddenly best of friends, SABMiller and Foster’s Group have quickly patched things up after earlier hostilities. Foster’s has done well to secure a sweetened $10-billion-plus offer from its London-listed rival, with markets queasy and no rival bidders in sight. The deal is hardly cheap. But the sums just about work for SAB, and Foster’s was one of the few easily buyable brewers of size out there.

from Photographers' Blog:

Covering the world’s biggest beer fest

By Michael Dalder and Kai Pfaffenbach

It's 5am when my alarm clock rings and to be honest, my thoughts are more about coffee than beer.

However, I packed my gear and tried to get ready for the world’s biggest party, where tradition meets madness in Munich: The “Oktoberfest”.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

What’s better than camping out drunk?

Congratulate me, Blog Guy! I'm going to Oktoberfest this year! It's a life-long dream come true!

Hey, that sounds nice. Where will you be staying?

I'm not totally sure, but I'm paying about $80 a night, so I'm guessing it will be very, very swanky. Maybe like a suite or something.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

A sport that needs no urine test…

Blog Guy, you used to do a better job of covering really stupid sports. Isn't that still a part of your beat?

Indeed. Have a look at the recent "Race of Beer," down in Brazil. It's a 1.2 mile race in which runners carry 12 cans of beer each. The goal is to cross the finish line with the cans empty. It turns out...

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