Bostonians know and love their beer – from the breweries located right on Boston soil to the host of microbrew beers throughout New England, for many a good beer is better than the finest of fine wines. Fittingly so, Oktoberfest seems like a perfect reason to celebrate. No need to be of German heritage to want to raise a stein on this best of beer sipping (or swigging) days. And now, local legend Sam Adams (the brewer, not the founding father) is adding a little more fun to the festivities with a Stein Hoisting National Competition.
The challenge? See who can hold up a full stein of beer with their arm outstretched before them, parallel to the ground, without spilling a single precious drop of the golden ale. The competition has a category for both men’s and women’s hoisting. With a winner being crowned as the National Champion from each category. The winners will receive a grand prize trip for 2 to Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich, Germany.
The current national men’s leader is Boston’s Kevin H. with a time of 7 minutes and 12 seconds. The leader for the ladies is also a Bostonian – Kate P. – with a time of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
All times will be compared nationally, so if you should find yourself hoisting a beer as part of the competition in one of your local bars and all the competition around you falters, be sure to keep your hand and arm up, you could be setting the national record and at this time next year playing with the big boys in Munich.
What do you think of the competition? A great chance to further include beer into your leisure activity or a waste of a good cold beer as it slowly skunks up in your steady and strong hoisted hand?