Gunner’s Libation: On Tap…Oktoberfest

from the Associated Press
A young woman reaches for beer during the opening of the 184th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 16. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 16 until Oct. 3.


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The beer is flowing again at Munich’s fabled Oktoberfest. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap into the first keg Saturday with two blows of his hammer and the cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped.” About 6 million visitors are expected to come to Munich for the 184th Oktoberfest, which runs through October 3. The prices for a big mug of beer have gone up again and visitors have to pay 10.95 euros (about $13) per glass — 25 cents more than last year. Revelers also face increased security precautions because of possible attacks. Huge flower pots block the entrances to the fest’s lawn, more video cameras are installed and a new loudspeaker system has been activated to guide visitors off the festival’s grounds if necessary.

Libations was created by beloved Aspen Times publisher Gunilla Asher, who died June 2, 2014, after a brave battle with cancer. Cheers — to Gunner!