Travel back with us to Munich in 1896 to witness the origins of some of the most famous Oktoberfest traditions. We'll visit some of the earliest beer halls, sample some of the newest brews Munich has to offer, and eat all the German pretzels you can handle. How was Napoleon responsible for Bavarian beer? What do horse races have to do with a wedding feast? And just how do you roast an ox using a steam locomotive? Find out all this and more on this episode of The Feast.
Researched, written, and produced by Laura Carlson
Find recipes, the episode soundtrack, and more on the history of Munich's Oktoberfest here.
Comic by Henry Albrech, Das Oktoberfest in München (1895) courtesy of Bayerische StaatsBiblibliothek