#BeerLovers Still Drink 2 Million Gallons In Bierhalls
The bierhalls were full and so were the beer mugs but still, consumption of brews at Munich’s Oktoberfest was down in 2015.
Stats released by Mayor Josef Schmidt showed about half a million liters less was drank this year than in 2014.
There were 7.3 million liters drank in 2015 – that’s about two million gallons by the way, which would put an American fraternity party to shame – wile 7.7 million liters were consumed last year.
Attendance Down At Oktoberfest
A big part of the reason for the drop is that attendance was down by 400,000 people.
The mayor attributed this to refugees and the difficulty in getting to Munich from neighboring countries. Rail service was suspended from Austria and Hungary, and that’s two countries that make up a lot of Oktoberfest beer drinkers.
Plus, cool and rainy weather also likely played a factor in the lower numbers.
Oktoberfest still drew a whopping 4.9 million visitors. Last year’s total was 6.3 million.
“Four hundred thousand fewer visitors – but it’s still a high-level Oktoberfest,” Schmid said.
It’s still a beer lover’s paradise and these numbers do not reflect beers per person, so it’s hard to know if the actual beer guzzling of individuals was less, the same or even more.
Based on PubClub.com’s observations of Oktoberfest, nobody is holding back when it comes to drinking beers in the beirhalls.