Amazing Johnathan Kicks off the Bavarian Strong Man Contest by Tapping the First Keg of Maibock Brew at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

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Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas holds qualifications for US Championship in "Masskrugstemmen" - Finals in New York City and the winner receives a trip for two to Munich, Germany Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is honored to announce that local celebrity, Amazing Johnathan, will be kicking off the Bavarian Strong Man Contest that challenges Las Vegas, US and International beer drinkers on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. with a traditional keg tapping of the specially brewed Maibock beer just in time for Spring.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is very excited to have www.amazingj.com [Amazing Johnathan __title__ Amazing Johnathan the Madman of Comedy] join in for this exclusive event, and we will be happy to add his photo to our wall of celebrities who have honored us with their keg tappings

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is honored to announce that local celebrity, Amazing Johnathan, will be kicking off the Bavarian Strong Man Contest that challenges Las Vegas, US and International beer drinkers on Friday, May 1 at 7p.m. with a traditional keg tapping of the specially brewed Maibock beer just in time for Spring.

Comic magician Amazing Johnathan, known as the Freddy Kruger of Comedy, has appeared on Comedy Central, "The Aristocrats" and "The Late Show with David Letterman." Don't miss all of the excitement at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. So get your family and friends together and reserve your weekend full of entertainment, authentic Bavarian food, and the chance to try the new seasonal Maibock beer (while supplies last). And, while you're there celebrating why not sign up for the strong man competition.

"Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is very excited to have Amazing Johnathan join in for this exclusive event, and we will be happy to add his photo to our wall of celebrities who have honored us with their keg tappings" said President of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, Stefan Gastager.

When Germans celebrate, they do not only drink lots of beer - they also use it for all sorts of competition. Best known is "Masskrugstemmen", the quintessential Bavarian strong man contest. 2009 will see the first official US Championship in this fun sport, with finals to be held in New York City´s Central Park and qualification rounds happening all over the US.

"Masskrugstemmen" loosely translates into the lifting of a filled 34-ounce beer stein. The giant Stein is to be held with one arm, completely stretched out in front of the contestants body and absolutely parallel to the floor - the goal is simple: to hold the Stein up as long as possible. Sounds easy? - You might want to try it at home.

The winner of the qualifications held every Friday and Saturday, May 1 to August 15 at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas wins a grand prize: A trip to New York City to participate in the finals, which will be held on September 19, 2009 as part of an Oktoberfest in Central Park immediately following the German-American

Steuben Parade. The winner of the finals will be named "U.S. Champion in Masskrugstemmen" and will receive a trip for two to Munich, Germany. Every year, this biggest celebration of German culture in the US brings together tens of thousands of people to watch music and dance groups in original German "Tracht" as well as German Mardi Gras groups in colorful costumes.

Every year the Steuben Parade is led by celebrity Grand Marshals. Among recent honorees were former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Las Vegas magicians Siegfried & Roy, New York billionaire Donald Trump, super model Carol Alt, Hollywood actors Eric Braeden and Ralf Möller and many more great German-Americans. This year´s Grand Marshals will be announced later in the year.

For all of the rules and regulations visit http://www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com

Having a nationally acclaimed comedian like Amazing Johnathan to kick off this weekend bash and The Strong Man stein holding competition at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is thrilling for the venue and its patrons. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has given Amazing Johnathan much praise by including him on the coveted "Best of Las Vegas" list in the "Best Show" category, and also awarding him "Best Comedian of the Year" for 2002 and nominating him in 2003. Most recently, Amazing Johnathan was recognized as "Best Local Villain" by the Las Vegas Weekly Reader's Choice Awards in 2004 and 2005. He is also a two-time winner of the International Magic Award for "Best Comedy Magician."    

About Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas: The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas. This faithful reproduction of the world's most famous beer hall, the original, centuries-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, is an authentic and entertaining blend of tradition and fun. A well-rounded restaurant suited for any occasion, whether it's a family outing, birthday, anniversary, a special event or for a bachelor/bachelorette party.

From its hand-painted ceilings and live bands to its imported beer and delicious food, Bavarian hospitality abounds. Guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, Sauerbraten, pretzels and much more, all accompanied by great music and the finest Hofbräu beer. At the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, it's Oktoberfest every day!

For more information, please contact Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas at 702.853.BEER (2337), or visit online at http://www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com.

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