The beers are served in heavy 1-liter glass mugs that almost require arm curls to get from the table to your mouth. How the barmaids manage to carry fist fulls of them remains one of the great mysteries of Oktoberfest. Pro’s tip: Don’t get in their way.
So how much does a beer coast at Munich Oktoberfest? The price is between 12.60 and $13.80 Euros (that’s $12.84 and $14.07 in US dollars), depending on the bierhall. That is up about two USD, a 15% increase, from when the last time Oktoberfest was held in 2019.
But don’t blame the greed of the bierhalls or the breweries. The increase is due to a rise in the cost of making the beer, from ingredients such as barley and hops to energy to make the brew down to the stainless steel barrels and even the wooden pallets on which the kegs are placed.
The Ukrainian war is to blame for shortages. In fact, the price of everything is up in Germany – hotels, transportation, food – as the country has a 7.9% inflation rate and it’s a record 9.1% in countries that use the Euro.
“Prices for everything have changed significantly this year,” Sebastian Utz, head technician at Munich’s historic Hofbraeu Brewery which goes back to 1589 told the Associated Press. “To brew beer you need a lot of energy … and for refrigeration. And at the same time, we need raw materials — barley malt, hops — where procurement has increased in price.”
So how much beer do you get for your $13 or $14 Euros? One liter is equal to two quarts or almost 34 ounces. So that’s the equivalent of nearly three 12-ounce beers and is still a bargain by big-city and prices in the U.S.
In other words, drink up because that’s what Munich Oktoberfest is, a big worldwide drinking party.
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