If 2018 was your first year attending Nashville Oktoberfest or any Oktoberfest celebration for that matter, you may be wondering what breweries we were serving and where are they located. To stick with tradition, the traditional beers that are served at Oktoberfest are strictly Bavarian breweries that are in compliance with the Reinheitsgebot, also known as the Germany Purity Law, This law was put into place in 1516 and requires that all German beers be brewed with barley, hops, and water. Nothing more. This royal decree is still in effect today and is the reason why Bavaria’s “Big 6” breweries are the only ones served at Oktoberfest.
Other than having the winner of our craft beer competition serve their own beer at Nashville Oktoberfest every year, we strictly serve German beer that is in compliance with the German Purity Law. This year you found two fo the “Big 6” breweries served at each one of our beer tents- Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Both of these breweries are fantastic examples of classic German beer and have their own massive beer tents at the Oktoberfest in Munich every year.
Although Paulaner is technically the youngest of the “Big 6” breweries in Munich, they are not new to making good, strong German beers. The brewery was founded in 1634 and brew their beers in the tradition of Paulaner Monks. These creative monks found a loophole to fasting during lent by making strong beer. The Oktoberfest beer that Paulaner makes every year has one of the higher ABVs out of the Munich breweries at 6%. At last year’s Nashville Oktoberfest, we were proud serve both the Marzen and Wiesn styles. The Marzen being more of an Americanized version of the Oktoberfest style, and the Wiesn being more traditional to the German style.
Originally two separate Munich breweries, the Hacker-Pschorr brewery was the result of a merger between the Hackers and Pschorrs. The two families have been connected since the late 18th century with exchanges between the two and officially joined into one brewery as of 1970. Even though they have a complex history, the Pschorr family can be credited with creating the first Oktoberfest beer for the Prince of Bavaria’s wedding in 1810. Out of this royal celebration, the Oktoberfest celebration was created. Last year, we were able to serve their Munich Gold which was one of their original beers from 1417 which is where the Hacker beer tradition started.
As we look forward to this year’s Nashville Oktoberfest, we want to continue to gear you up for what you can expect to see around the festival grounds. Now, we won’t give you all the information. We like to keep a few things under wraps until you step onto the Nashville Oktoberfest grounds.