Authentic Bavarian Entertainment, Celebrity Keg Tapping Ceremonies and
Rosemont, IL – Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, beer hall and restaurant in the Chicago area, will celebrate its first Oktoberfest Sept. 13—Oct. 31 in MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Festivities include authentic Bavarian entertainment, celebrity keg tapping ceremonies and freshly brewed “Oktoberfestbier” inspired by the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany.
During the 48-day celebration, guests will enjoy a menu replete with delicious traditional Bavarian specialties served by Dirndl-wearing waitresses and nightly live entertainment. Entertainers include a lively German Bugle corp., authentic “Oompah” band from Austria, and traditional German dancers.
In honor of Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will brew an “Oktoberfestbier” using the same method used for centuries at the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. All of the beers at Hofbräuhaus Chicago are brewed at the on-site micro-brewery led by a brewmaster trained in the 400-year-old recipes and techniques needed for the production of Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s beer. 2 Hofbräuhaus Chicago brings Oktoberfest to MB Financial Park at Rosemont
Limited-time Oktoberfest specials, changing daily, will be offered Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Specials include the HB Smokehouse Platter, “Kassler” Pork Chop and Pork Belly, Crispy Roasted Pork Shanks and a Brewmaster Schnitzel Combo. In addition to the Oktoberfest daily specials, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will sell traditional cinnamon sugar roasted nuts Thursday-Sunday evenings during Oktoberfest.
On Friday and Saturday nights during Oktoberfest, patrons will have the opportunity to participate in the famous Masskrugstemmen contest (a stein-holding competition). “Masskrugstemmen,” which loosely translates to mean “the lifting of a liter mug of beer,” is a Bavarian sport that requires strength, stamina and pure determination. The “Masskrug” is a one liter stein, and the goal is to hold the filled stein parallel to the floor using one arm only. The person who holds it out the longest is the winner.
In addition to stein holding competitions, every Friday during Oktoberfest Hofbräuhaus Chicago will host traditional keg tapping ceremonies. Special celebrity guests will be brought in to tap the keg each week. A list of celebrity keg tappers will be announced at a future date.
Oktoberfest is the perfect time to plan a group outing at Hofbräuhaus Chicago. The spacious venue features a welcoming Biergarten that overlooks MB Financial Park and two comfortable rooms available for private parties that provide the ideal backdrop for a birthday celebration, wedding or corporate event. The Beer Hall or “Schwemme” seats more than 500 guests and the King Ludwig Room can accommodate up to 180 people for a unique celebration.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago is located at 5500 Park Place in Rosemont, in the MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Valet parking is available for a minimal charge, and parking is also available in the nearby parking garage (free with validation). An on-site gift store is filled with unique gift items, apparel and traditional beer steins. Reservations are available. For more information, call (847) 671-BREW (2739) or visit hofbrauhauschicago.com.
A Brief History of the Hofbräuhaus
In 1589, Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, dissatisfied with the beer that was being brewed locally, retained brew master Heimeran Pongratz to create a rich brown ale that both suited his palate and followed the rigorous “Bavarian Beer Purity Law” of 1516 that stated that only natural ingredients could be used in the brewing process. Beer (like bread) was considered a basic foodstuff at the time, as well as a beauty treatment for the ladies of the court, who typically consumed seven liters daily. Beer from the Hofbräuhaus (which means official brewery for the Duke’s court), quickly grew in popularity and in 1602 a wheat beer was developed at the request of Wilhelm’s son and successor Duke Maximilian I.
By 1607, the need for 38,000 gallons each year necessitated a move to larger brewing quarters, so Munich’s Hofbräuhaus was erected in its current location. In 1828, responding to complaints from Munich’s ordinary citizens that they were not permitted to enjoy the Hofbräuhaus beer from the royal brewery like the public employees, Ludwig I issued a decree granting a license for the 3 Hofbräuhaus Chicago brings Oktoberfest to MB Financial Park at Rosemont
beer and cuisine to be served publicly in the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, giving commoners the opportunity to lift steins at the same table as the gentry. Thus, the Hofbräuhaus Inn that attracts millions each year was opened.
Today, Hofbräuhaus is an iconic symbol of Bavaria with indelible ties to the Munich’s history. During the Thirty Years War when the Swedes occupied Munich, they struck a deal with city leaders: in exchange for not pillaging and plundering the city, they would leave peacefully if given 362 buckets of Hofbräuhaus beer. In 1780, Mozart credited the Hofbräuhaus with providing him the strength to write his opera “Idomeneo.”
On October 12, 1810, the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen involved all the citizens of Munich; the celebration grew into the Oktoberfest, an annual festival now so closely associated in the minds of many with the Hofbräuhaus. In January 1823, Hofbräuhaus beer was used to extinguish a fire at the Munich Opera House when firefighters discovered their water supply frozen. In 1935, composer Wiga Gabriel and lyricist Klaus Siegfried Richter wrote the famous Hofbräuhaus song – “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa!” (“In Munich there’s a Hofbräuhaus – one, two, and down the hatch!”).
Freshly Brewed “Oktoberfestbier”