How to Host an Oktoberfest Party

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If you are a beer enthusiast, or better yet, you like to brew your own beer, with August just about a third of the way done you may be wondering whether or not you should host an Oktoberfest party for friends, family, and other beer enthusiasts.

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Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival held each year during late September and early October, is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year and other cities across the world holding similar shindigs to celebrate. It’s a big event that’s worth having a party for, and as far as actually setting that party up goes, here are some helpful steps that outline the process.

1)      First off, you’ll want to pick a location. This particular autumn holiday is worth celebrating outside, but if you’re worried about weather conditions renting a tent may be a good investment. Of course, holding it inside doesn’t mean the end of the world either.

2)      Secondly, you’ll want to consider what types of food you’ll be having at your party. Sausage, cheese trays, pretzels, and bratwurst are all fairly simple food items to have at your party, but feel free to expand your menu however you want, though you may want to experiment ahead of time. Sticking to German cuisine isn’t a must, though whatever you make you’ll want to make a lot of. Hunger reigns supreme during Oktoberfest. After all, it’s a day dedicated to eating and drinking.

3)      Now on to what types of beer you’ll want to have. German beers like a pilsner are a good idea, but if you’re a self brewer you could always serve some of your own brew as well (don’t plan to use up your entire supply for just one party – you’ll do well to mix and match with store bought brands).

4)      Entertainment can consist of anything from an actual German Oompah band performing live at your party or a CD featuring German music intermixed with well liked, modern favorites.

5)      While you don’t have to go nuts with the décor unless you absolutely want to, one way to add a touch of simple German décor to your party is to label each beer bottle with a festive Oktoberfest beer label. This can be especially unique if you brew your own beer. Labels on the fly offers a variety of colorful, customizable beer labels that are perfect for celebrating holidays like Oktoberfest. Personalized coasters and wine tags are also available.

Now you have a good idea of what to do for Oktoberfest. Good luck throwing your party, and check back in with Home brew Recipes for more fun updates and useful hints and tips.


Beginner Recipes

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Are you just getting into the wide and wonderful world of home beer brewing?

If so, here are two quick and easy recipes that are perfect for the home brewing beginner. Keep in mind that after you’ve finished your batch you’ll want to think about where the beer is going (maybe you’ve got plans to share it at a wedding, birthday party or holiday get together), and how you want to brand it. Labels on the Fly offers a wide selection of expertly designed, professionally styled custom beer labels.

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Ginger Beer

Take forty quarts of water, thirteen pounds sugar, twelve good lemons, or a proportional quantity of lime juice, eight ounces of bruised ginger, and the whites of six eggs, well beaten; mix all together, skimming it before it begins to boil, and boil it for twenty minutes; add an ounce of isingglass, and a spoonful of balm, after it is put into the cask, stir it well; it will be ready for bottling in ten days.

Wine from Cider

Add to a barrel of cider from the press, honey sufficient to bear up an egg; work all of the filth out of the bung hole, by keeping the barrel full; in about five weeks, draw off the pure liquor into a tub, and put the whites of eight eggs, well beaten up with a pint of clean sand into a tub; then add one gallon of cider spirits, and mix the whole together; and having cleansed the barrel, return the liquor into it, bung it tight, and when fine, rack it off into kegs for use.

Stay tuned for more recipes and fun facts about beer!

A Short History of Beer for the Home Brewer

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So you’re considering becoming a Home Brewer.

To begin with, you should realize that beer and alcohol in general has been a major staple of the human civilization for more than 8,000 years worldwide. Some of the earliest samples of writing contain references to beer.

The word beer comes from the Middle English ber(e), and from the Latin bibere meaning “to drink”, and it is brewed primarily from hops, yeast, barley, and barley malt. Beer varieties are virtually endless, especially with the current popularity of home brewing.

There are many benefits to becoming a home brewer. Home brewing is often cheaper than obtaining commercial beer, and home brewers have more control over the flavor and alcohol-content which is dependent upon the grains, malts, and brewing methods. And in most cases your own brand of beer can make the perfect gift to bring at birthdays, holiday parties or weddings.

If you are in fact interested in becoming a Home Brewer you will also need to consider the equipment you’re going to invest in, the type of beer you’re interested in making (ale, stout, porter, lager and bock beer are all good candidates for a beginner), and the kind of labels you’ll want to brand your finished product with.

Most beer bottles contain a body label. Some labels are more elaborate than others, but they all contain sources of information, and it plays an important role in deciphering a brand`s history. The brewery`s name and city were actually embossed onto the bottle when brewing first began. And during prohibition words like “non-intoxicating,” “tonic” and “malt beverage” appeared on most of the labels. Breweries used names like “products company” or “beverage company.” Words like “brewery,” “ale” or “beer” were almost entirely done away with.

Times have changed since then, but if you’re looking to give your home brewed beer that old-timey, historical appearance, Labels on the Fly offers a variety of unique, historically-themed beer labels that will no doubt meet your every need.