It’s a bit of a stretch to call Masskrugstemmen a beer runner-friendly sport.
Yes, it demands a certain athletic ability, and yes, it requires a sizable amount of fine German beer. Five-pound steins, to be exact.
But more than meeting the basic beer runner definition of combining craft beer and a healthy, active lifestyle, it’s just a bizarre pasttime that really needs more attention.
An excellent profile in the Wall Street Journal called the German practice of clutching a beer in your outstretched arm for as long as possible “the greatest sport ever invented.” It’s at least the greatest sport you’ve never heard of.
This Saturday, the third Annual Masskrugstemmen Championships will be held in Central Park during the Steuben Parade’s Oktoberfest, sponsored by Hofbrau. This event really deserves more than 33 likes on Facebook.
In an unexpected development, 49-year-old 5-foot tall Mexican immigrant former plumber Rogelio Juarez is the reigning New York champion. To earn the title, he held up the hefty beer without spilling a drop for nearly five minutes. He sent his prize money to Mexico to support his family.
I am of course highly impressed with contestants power to hold up a five-pound glass for minutes. But even more amazing in their discipline to stare at a beer glass at eye level for that long while restraining themselves from a single sip.
So let’s all raise a glass in their honor of the Masskrugstemmen. Prosit!