Bavarian Strong Man Contest Challenges American Beer Drinkers

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Bavarian Grill holds qualifications for 3rd annual US Championship in “Masskrugstemmen” – Finals in New York City.

Bavarian Grill holds qualifications for 3rd annual US Championship in “Masskrugstemmen” – Finals in New York City.

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. 2011 will see the third official US Championship in this fun sport, with the finals to be held in New York City’s Central Park and qualification rounds happening all over the US.
The Bavarian Grill is proud to hold the official qualification for Texas in cooperation with Hofbräu beer. All strong men (and women) are invited to participate every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday nights until August 13, 2011.

“Masskrugstemmen” loosely translates into the lifting of a liter of mug of beer. 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 at home.

The winner of the qualification at Bavarian Grill wins a grand prize: A trip to New York City to participate in the finals, which will be held on September 17, 2011 as part of an Oktoberfest in Central Park immediately following the German-American Steuben Parade. 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 Gran Marshals. Among recent honorees were Staatliches Hofbräuhaus Director Dr. Michael Moller, Therapist and Author Dr. Ruth Westheimer, former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Magicians Siegfried & Roy, New York billionaire Donald Trump, supermodel Carol Alt, and many more great German-Americans. This year’s Grand Marshals will be announced later in the year.

For more information about the Masskrugstemmen”, call 972-881-0705.

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