First of all...why is Oktoberfest held in
September? The answer goes back to 1810, during
the dark days of beer drinking before
In those days in Germany, beer would never be brewed
in the summer months. The batches would never
turn out good. The last batches were usually
made in March. These last batches would have
higher alcohol content to take advantage of
alcohol as a preservative.
Traditionally, there would be a big fest
starting on the last Saturday in September until
the first Sunday in October. The purpose was to
drink up the old stocks of beer to make room for
the new brew that would be made after harvest.
The tradition goes back to the 15th and 16th
The first official Oktoberfest was held in 1810.
Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria threw a big party
to celebrate his wedding to Princess Therese on
October 12, 1810. The party was open to all.
Everyone liked it so much they kept having the
party every year.
On September 24, 32 happy Redwood Region
members began our tour in
Santa Rosa on a perfect weather day,
with temps slated in be in the 80's, for a brisk
78-mile run on the back roads of
Vacaville. Thanks to
Caltrans for paving Highway 128 with fresh new
blacktop, where the grip was nice and sticky and
with minimal traffic. Can we say outstanding
Porsche roads? After a quick pit stop at
Moskovitz's Corner to pick up several members,
we continued on to
As you may know, this was Redwood Region's
second Tour to Vacaville, where members
Holger and Martina Seibert own the Pure Grain
Bakery and are the founders of the Oktoberfest
in the great old town area. For the celebration,
they cook outstanding German delicacies such as
currywurst, brats and sauerkraut. All of these
combined with Spaten beer and the lively German
music make for an exceptional Oktoberfest
experience. Many thanks to Holger for the
special Porsche parking right next the Plaza,
the wonderful pretzels, and all the other fine
German pastries available at the Pure Grain
This event was a lot of fun and we are
planning to do it again in 2012.
Auf Wiedersehen until next year and Ein