Opening Ceremonies

An Oktoberfest Tradition – O’zapft is! (It’s Tapped!)

The well known German tradition, the tapping of the keg.  As German tradition calls for the keg has been tapped the past two years by the Mayor, David Condon, Spokesman-Review Publisher W. Stacey Cowles and other dignitaries. Check back and we’ll let you know who is tapping the keg for 2017!

Traditional German music will accompany the marching in of the keg and opening ceremony. Make sure and have your stein ready as the beer from the tapped keg is free for all attending until it runs out.

Fun Fact:  Each year, the mayor of Munich starts  Oktoberfest with the traditional keg tapping and the exclamation “O’zapft is”.  The Record holder is Christian Ude, who managed to open the barrel in two strokes. The last place is given to Thomas Wimmer: He needed 19 strokes in 1950.


Firkins hold about 30 liters of beer and traditionally are a wood cask, which is just about 60+ pints. Be ready for the firkin to be tapped Friday.