THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1706 – Posted on: 09-Oct-2023
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available RASPBERRY BLONDE ALE, GRANNY’S BITTER, KAI’S MUNICH HELLES, and HONEY THISTLE WIT are currently available. Also there are batches of PREMIUM PALE ALE, BARON BOCK, SASKADIAN BLACK IPA and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER currently working their way through the brewery.
We are heading into the home stretch of our 2023 Oktoberfest Week celebration! It has definitely been a “Schnitzel-Fest!” Massive one –litre steins of Bushwakker Baron Bock and Kai’s Munich Helles and Paulaner Weissbier as well as two other German wheat beers, our house-made German gluhwein (hot mulled wine) and Jagermeister have all been flowing nicely! More delicious German cuisine will be introduced this weekend as well as a special Oktoberfest Burger & a Pint home Rider game day special.
This Weekend’s Oktoberfest Dining Features for October 6th & 7th include our incredibly popular PORK SCHNITZEL and CHICKEN ROULANDEN as well as a BEER BRAISED BRATWURST ON A PRETZEL HOAGIE BUN. For the Saturday home Rider Game we will offer an OKTOBERFEST TI-CAT BURGER & A PINT Special. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL as well as our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also great value deals.
Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring the PAULANER WEISSBIER for our Oktoberfest Week. When this runs out we’ll tap a keg of DAY DREAMER JUNIPER SAISON from Regina’s Malty National Brewing.
OCTOBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s red wine feature is th e RELAX PINOT NOIR from Germany (as part of our Oktoberfest celebrations) and the white wine feature is the RELAX PINOT GRIGIO from Italy. What a twist! Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.
Lots of German cuisine being enjoyed thus far at our Oktoberfest Week Celebration. Schnitzels, Black Forest and Apple Strudel Cheesecakes, Chicken Rouladens, Pretzel Bun Smash Burgers and still more to come!
CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION AND RESERVATIONS NOTES
We are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The kitchen closes at 9:00 PM and last call is at 9:15 PM. Fridays and Saturdays we are open from 11:00 AM until midnight. The kitchen is open until 11:00 PM and last call is at 11:15 PM. Closed Sundays.
Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept a limited number of reservations as late as 6:00 PM every day except Fridays. Fridays we accept reservations as late as 3:00 PM. Call us at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private party rentals. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.
The history of Oktoberfest
From the official website of the 188th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
It’s the world’s largest folk festival — and the most popular. Every year, Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors. Once an Oktoberfest goer, always an Oktoberfest goer. But yet very few of us know how it all began or even who we have to thank for Oktoberfest as it is known today. It’s time to change that.
The first Oktoberfest: horse racing for a royal wedding
One rule still applies in the beer tents at Oktoberfest: the customer is king. Yet we have a civil officer to thank for the annual get-together of approximately six million visitors in such a cozy setting. Andreas Michael Dall’Armi, Member of the Bavarian National Guard, had the idea of celebrating a wedding a little differently for a change. Prince Regent Ludwig of Bavaria, the later King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen were to be honored with a huge horse race. The financier and cavalry major shared his idea with King Max I Joseph of Bavaria who was impressed from the get-go.
The couple were married on October 12, 1810 with the festivities taking place on October 17 on the grounds of Theresienwiese, to be later named after the bride, and featuring the exact horse race suggested. And even though there weren’t any beer tents or fairground rides at the time, it marked the birth of Oktoberfest. In 1824, Munich city awarded Andreas Michael Dall’Armi the first gold citizens medal for ‘inventing’ Oktoberfest. He is buried at Alter Südfriedhof cemetery and a street has been named after him in the neighborhood of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg.
1819: Oktoberfest becomes top priority
In 1810, a year after the wedding celebrations, everyone was in agreement: We want more! Without the royal wedding, the festival naturally needed a new organizer and that became the ‘Landwirtschaftlicher Verein in Bayern’ [Bavarian agricultural association]. The newfound festivities created the perfect opportunity for the association to shine a spotlight on their own wares. As was notorious at the time, one big historical event followed after the other, which is why by 1813 the newly established Oktoberfest already had to be cancelled for the first time on account of the Napoleonic wars. After the war, Oktoberfest was financed privately until the city’s forefathers made the event a top priority in 1819. Even in the uppermost circles, the news had arrived that the Oktoberfest was guaranteed to draw a crowd, and that it would generate a wealth of revenue and should therefore be celebrated annually.
Oktoberfest in the 19th century: Bavaria, milestones and challenging years
In 1850, there was another event that was really worth celebrating: The statue of Bavaria, guardian of Oktoberfest and symbolic figure of Bavaria state, was unveiled and dedicated a place in the hall of fame. But this historical highlight gave way to some challenging years.
War and cholera provided many things, but festival spirit was not one of them. It was another couple of decades until the time came for the Oktoberfest institution as we now know it. In 1881, the first roasted chicken outlet opened and traditional chicken continues to be served to hungry Oktoberfest visitors to this day. In the late 19th century, Oktoberfest continued to develop into the festival we now know it. Booths and carousels with electrical lighting appeared, performers came, and due to increased demand the breweries set up huge beer tents with musicians, instead of the usual small beer stalls.
1980: An attack shakes up the Oktoberfest
It still took a while from the historic Oktoberfest to the event as we know it today. For the 100th anniversary of the Oktoberfest , in 1910, 12,000 hectoliters of beer were served in the Pschorr-Bräurosl, the largest festival tent at the time with 12,000 seats. Every year, new and increasingly exciting rides were added to the Oktoberfest .
In the first half of the 20th century, due to the two world wars and economic crises, the Oktoberfest was cancelled several times or had to be held as a smaller autumn festival. After World War II, the once obligatory horse race only takes place in the anniversary years of 1960 and 2010.
In 1950, Munich’s mayor Thomas Wimmer tapped the first beer barrel at the Schottenhamel for the first time. Since then, it has been a tradition that the Oktoberfest tapping is done by the Lord Mayor. The famous words “O’zapft is” now have cult status.
On September 26, 1980, a bomb exploded at the main entrance to the Oktoberfest, killing 13 people and injuring over 200 visitors. Among the victims was the assassin Gundolf Köhler himself. The Oktoberfest attack is considered one of the worst attacks in German history. Investigations into the case were reopened in 2014.
Two men celebrating Oktoberfest walk into a bar….
They walk up to the bartender and both order a pint and a bratwurst. One of the men’s phone rings and he answers. It’s his wife on the line.
“Honey, I need to tell you, I cheated on you.”
“What?!” the man yells, “With who?”
There’s indistinct mumbling from the other line, then the call drops.
The man is furious! He jumps up from his seat, picks up the bratwurst and chucks it into the wall as he storms out of the bar.
“Jeez. Any idea who slept with your friend’s wife?” the bartender asks his friend.
“No idea”, says his friend. “But I’m going to assume the wurst.”
Oktoberfest Fun Fact
The service staff in the Oktoberfest tents work to their absolute best. They walk back and forth along the long aisles between the beer benches to serve food and drinks. And… they carry up to 18 beer mugs all at once; that’s 41.4 kg! Wow!