86 men from around the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Singapore convened on the Hacker Festzelt for the 27th year. The Rookie of the Year (ROY) for 2019 hails from Atlanta. Congrats to Skip King. He really embraced the gemutlichkeit that makes Oktoberfest the special place that it is. I was humbled to have the Veteran of the year, Hackermeister (HAM) awarded to me (Ken Bloom) The guys really made me feel special on the occasion and MoJoe did a great job presenting the Vest to me.
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