Saturday, November 24, 2018

FAQ's for Hacker Herren Rookies in 2019

Hacker Herren Rookie FAQ’s
·         What are the dates of the trip in 2019?
o   We will be in the tents on Sept 26, 27,28 2019
·         Where is Oktoberfest?
o   Located in the center of Munich near Theresenwiese U Bahn station

  • Where do we stay ?
    • Hotel Ars Vivendi 
      Anglerstraße 19 
      D-80339 München Germany
      Phone +49 (0) 89-508070-0 
      Fax +49 (0) 89-508070-70
·         What is covered if i go with the Hacker Herren??

o   3 nights at hotel walking distance to Oktoberfest grounds 9/26,7,8, including breakfast each day
o   Reservation on Saturday night in the tent and entrance on Thursday and Friday to the best location in the Hacker Festzelt tent-right next to the band
o   Vouchers for  dinner and beer on Saturday night plus other beer vouchers
o   3 shirts plus other schwag to be enjoyed during your trip
o   3 nights VIP service that is not available to the public. The relationships inside the tent with the staff is only available with 25 years worth of relationships. Cannot buy this
o   25 years of experience making sure your entire Ofest experience is simple, easy ,fun
o   Donation to charity on behalf of the Hacker Herren
·         What other costs am I likely to incur?
o   Flights generally cost around $1500 roundtrip to Munich.  You make these on your own
o   Food and beer and incidentals  about $100-$150/day which you pay on your own
-Lederhosen are mandatory.  They generally cost around $100-$150 and can be found online in many locations.

When should I plan to arrive?
o   It is recommended that you arrive as early as possible on Thursday 9/26
·         When should I plan to depart MUC?
o   After noon on 9/29. Early flights are not recommended.  You will need sleep
·         If I am making a longer European trip out of this, should I go to Europe before Ofest or after?
o   We recommend that you arrive into Europe PRIOR to Ofest so that you can get over your jetlag while enjoying London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome or anywhere else you desire
·         What is a typical day at Oktoberfest
o   The main group will be inside the Hacker Pschorr Festzelt tent all day from 10am-10:30pm.  Food is available inside the tent and it is really good. You can also walk around the Oktoberfest grounds (like the county/state fairgrounds) and pick up food.  We will get pizza or doner kebabs at the end of each night. It is just across the street from the tents.
Saturday we have reservations beginning at 6pm so you can sleep in
o   There are huge carnival rides, games, food, and people watching to allow you to take a break when needed throughout the day. Because you are with our group, wearing our shirts you will be able to get in and out of the tent throughout the day. Other people can not get back in once they leave the tent.

o   Typically we do a Munich bike ride on Saturday morning or some other touristy thing to see a bit of Munich which allows you to tick off the box for "seeing Munich"

Saturday, October 6, 2018

These are the ladies behind the Hacker Herren. Don't they look beautiful with their Edelweiss necklaces? All of their guys have been with the Hacker Herren at least 10 years!

Cecile Seams and Liz Venema are glowing with their new necklaces
Penny Steinbeck hasn't taken off her jewels  
Mary Lou Azevedo looking spectacular with her new addition

Doesn't Rebecca Ullrich look happy surrounded with 10 diamonds?

Mrs Bloom glowing with her shimmering Blue Topaz center

Melissa Sequeira took her new jewelry to Ireland to show it off
Mrs. Legacy with the matching outfit really brings out the beauty

Roy 2038???  A cutie for sure!!!

Pretty Heather Weiss looks even prettier when wearing her new Edel-Weiss

The ROY Hat is headed back to Corona, CA for the 3rd time!!!

RigoBigo, Rigo Bojorquez earned the prestigious Rookie of the Year (ROY) for 2018!  He embraced the "gemutlichkeit" spirit that really defines why Oktoberfest is so special.  Rigo was a bundle of energy as he enjoyed a beer with as many people as possible.  His infectious personality enhanced the Hacker Herren and made us a better group of men.  Thank you for joining the Hacker Herren Rigo and Congratulations!!

MoJoe is going to Rock the Vest for the next year!!!

Joe Ullrich was an overwhelming choice for the Hackermeister (HAM) Award as the Veteran of the year!  Joe has been part of the Hacker Herren for 11 straight years!  He truly represents what is good about the Hacker Herren.  A great, son, father, husband, brother, and great person.  Joe joined us with a heavy heart this year, but his dad would have wanted him to be with his brothers at this trying time.  We love you, Joe and we are proud to be your friend.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Training for Oktoberfest 2018 has kicked off... How's your training going?

this is why we train... Tix have arrived for Saturday night!!
Utah takes his training to a new level... only a keg will do
Knochen Doc is a rookie, but he isn't acting like one.  When on the road in Colorado Springs he manages a training session!
Training in Livermore, CA with Marco Braun from Munich!!  Dickinson,Cunningham,Rosenbaum,Venema,Steele,Kimo,Dee, Melissa,MARCO, Pudge, Hoff
Geordie training for his 4th trip with the Hacker Herren in VA
The Lorentz men are tuning up thier training with the real stuff

Hoff, Vedo, Vido, Ramsey, and future Rookie Gleb breaking in the training season at Vedo's

Knochen Doc and Hofhund celebrating a 50th Bday.  How awesome is it that Ofest is the theme of their celebration??

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hacker Herren will be a Man Down in 2018-Rookie John Hough (Der Stier)

I have never been so certain that i knew who the Rookie of the Year was going to be.  John talked about Oktoberfest and thought about Oktoberfest almost every single day.  I visited with him in Seattle and he found a bar that sold Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold on tap so that we could train together.  In this picture, he was breaking in his lederhosen with his beautiful wife, Sara.  He was so passionate about joining the Hacker Herren and was already recruiting his buddies for 2019 (remember, he has never even been yet!).  We will all hoist a maß for you, John.  RIP.  See you in the clouds inside the tent, Der Stier.  Prost!

Here are some of the pictures that he has sent to me over the months of his training... I'm sure it'll give you a sense of how excited he was to join the Hacker Herren

Saturday, March 10, 2018

RIP Georg Angerer... leader of Cagey Strings

We will look for you in the clouds at the Himmel Der Bayern

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The 2017 Reunion Party Was A Resounding Prost Of A Good Time

Barons Jewelers was the host of our reunion party again this year.  Anke Kuhlman, our waitress from Germany on Saturday night upstairs made the journey to join us for our reunion.  She looked great in her dirndl and her big smile.  Now, she has retired from the waitress life and will become a school teacher in Munich.  Good luck to Anke.  Thanks to all of the Hacker Herren who attended the reunion.  We had food from The Little Red Riding Truck again this year (4th year in a row).  We enjoyed schnitzel, bratwursts, sauerkraut, and some big pretzels along with the highlight of the party... Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold!!!  And lots of it!  Prost!

The Ofest Reunion at Barons Jewelers 

Our host Ronnie Heller enjoying some schnitzel
Anke and two Rookies in 2018.  How did the Harris brothers get to hang out with Anke???

Der Stinker flew up for the party.  Mav hosted Anke for a couple nights in San Francisco 

The hungry huddled masses

Ken Justice will be back in 2018.  Stan and his son Bryce are swearing that they will be there in '19

After missing a year, look who's back!  Dwight, Chris, and Jim!