Hoist a stein and win a trip to the 2022 Oktoberfest in Munich
At the Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany, there’s a tradition known as Masskrugstemmen. You might know it better as a stein-holding contest. This year, we’re bringing this contest of strength, grit, and beer to Arizona.
We’ve partnered with the U.S. Steinholding Association to set up more than a dozen qualifying events at bars and restaurants across the state—including three separate events at Four Peaks 8th Street—to give you the chance to compete in official, sanctioned stein-holding contests.
For the uninitiated, here’s how a stein-holding contest works: Competitors must hold a 1-liter stein full of beer at shoulder level with their arm extended for as long as they can. No beer can be spilled, no elbows can be bent, and your arm must stay parallel to the ground. The winner is the person who can keep their stein aloft the longest.
Qualifying rounds for the Four Peaks Stein-Holding Contest will take place Sept. 3-30 at venues across the state. (Scroll down for the full list of dates and participating bars/restaurants.) The top stein-hoisters in the men’s and women’s categories from each qualifier will move on to the Arizona state championship, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 9. The time and location of the championship will be announced in September.
“If you can hold up a glass for a few minutes, you have what it takes to compete in the Four Peaks Stein-Holding Contest,” says Four Peaks co-founder Jim Scussel. “And here’s the best part: Even if you lose, you still get a big mug full of beer, which is its own kind of victory. We’re excited to partner with the U.S. Steinholding Association to bring this sanctioned event to the Valley and give our fans a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Oktoberfest in Munich!”
Entry to the Four Peaks Stein-Holding Contest includes a commemorative stein filled with beer. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to attend a qualifier and compete for the grand prize: An all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2022 Oktoberfest in Munich and a private tour at Spaten Brewery in Munich.
The contest coincides with the release of our fall seasonal, Masskrug Monsoon. A collaboration with Spaten Brewery, this toasty, chocolate-brown lager was crafted using American hop varieties grown in Germany and German hop varieties grown in the U.S., then fermented with Spaten yeast at our brewery in Tempe.
The stein-holding preliminaries at Four Peaks 8th Street will take place at 5:30 p.m. September 3, 10, and 17. Spots are limited, so click here to sign up.
See below for a full list of competition dates, qualifying venues, and contest rules.