Oktoberfest trivia

Oktoberfest 2020

Here are some interesting bits and pieces of information about Siemens, Oktoberfest and Beer!

Besides learning something new, this page may very well provide you with information that will come in handy for the trivia section of our Oktoberfest event on 29th October!

Siemens' success started with a revolutionary device.

A small rectangular box weighing about ten kilos marked the start of an impressive success story in the mid-19th century. With the construction of his pointer telegraph, Werner von Siemens ushered in a new era of electric telegraphy – and in 1847 established the company Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske. The company was founded in Berlin and Siemens’ headquarters is now in Munich.

From the very beginning, pioneering technologies and the business models developed from them have been Siemens’ foundation – innovations that, by their very nature, do not simply offer new ideas but actually set new market standards – right through to the present day.

Raise a glass for the beer masterclass!

Wolf of the Willows will be leading the beer masterclass during our virtual Oktoberfest!


Wolf of the Willows is a brewing company established by Scotty and Renae McKinnon in November 2014. They have a passion for producing hand crafted, modern ales that are distinct in quality, flavour and character – what they like to call ‘Ales of Distinction’.


You might think it's an interesting name for a brewery. Where did it get its name? A Roman naturalist once described hops as wild and untamed, twining and choking the willows, taking them down like a wolf destroys it prey. They were named lupus salictarius, Latin for Wolf of the Willows.

Fermecraft helps Wolf of the Willows manage crucial production data to consistently achieve top quality while optimising the use of their resources.

Australian OEM, DEACAM, together with Siemens Australia, developed the new application to handle and visualize crucial brewery data.


Fermecraft – using the latest Siemens technology, including MindSphere – digitalizes temperature data and captures it in our cloud-based platform.

Did you know?

According to contemporary reports, in the 18th century many mothers living in Munich drank up to seven glasses of beer a day in the belief that this made for more successful breastfeeding.

Siemens is the life of the party

Although cancelled this year, usually around six million people from all around the world enjoy themselves at Oktoberfest in Munich for two weeks.


Traditionally, Siemens supplies drives and control systems as well as energy distribution for the festival's rides. Automation solutions from Siemens also control special beer pipelines – the only ones of its kind worldwide – that supply the Hacker, Winzerer Faehndl and Braeurosl festival tents with their tasty Oktoberfest brews. Because many breweries use Siemens technologies within their brewing process, Siemens doesn't only ensure fresh beer at the Oktoberfest.

In 2019, 7.3 million litres of beer were poured at the Oktoberfest in Munich. Control technology and software from Siemens are used in three of the main festival tents to pump the tasty festival beer quickly and reliably from the tanks to the taps: via an underground pipeline loop.

Modern technology for the Oktoberfest’s Giant Ferris Wheel is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuing the smooth operation of the festival’s rides and attractions. Learn more here.

Siemens at Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Fun Facts

  • In 200 years, Oktoberfest has been cancelled 24 times. The causes were mostly due to the war and cholera epidemics.
  • Nobody raises their mug until the Mayor says so! Since 1950, the festival has only started after the official gun salute and the mayor shouting O’ zapft is! (“It’s tapped!”) and offering the first mug to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria. Only after that, the festival can start.
  • Lost & Found collects around 5,000 items each year: Lost and found possessions include wheelchairs, baby carriages, passports, keys, crutches and dogs. And they find a pair of teeth almost every year. Wedding rings also seem to get surprisingly loose during Oktoberfest.

In the Paulaner marquee at the Oktoberfest venue, technology from Siemens keeps the beer cool.

Did you know?

Einstein once worked at Oktoberfest! Working as an electrician he helped to set up one of the beer tents in 1896.

Curious and interesting facts about beer

  • Thirsty pyramid builders: An American archaeologist discovered that the pyramid builders of ancient Egypt drank around four litres of beer a day. The benefit was that the drink was healthier than the polluted waters of the Nile. The downside was that many of the labourers went about their work in a drunken state.
  • London’s Beer Flood: In 1814, London was flooded with beer. A broken fermentation vat in the “Horse Shoe Brewery” led to the loss of 7,600 imperial barrels, almost 1.5 million litres. The beer flowed out into the street where it destroyed a number of houses and caused at least seven deaths.
  • Women as the first brewers: The first professional brewers were women. In ancient Egypt, it was actually forbidden for men to brew or sell beer.
  • Alcohol tests on ants: A research scientist in the 18th century experimented on ants which he fed with beer. When mixed with unaffected ants from the colony, the inebriated test candidates were “carried home” by their sober workmates.

Your Oktoberfest Trivia Winners!

Congratulations to our Oktoberfest trivia winners, who demonstrated their superior knowledge on all things beer, chocolate, Siemens  and Oktoberfest! We will be in touch with all winners shortly via email.


Trivia Winners Round 1

·         1st Place: Sean Elphick will receive a year’s supply of beer up to a value of $1,000

·         2nd Place: Daniel Ciddor will receive 6 months’ supply of beer to a value of $500

·         3rd Place: Adrian Meers will receive a delivery of beer to a value of $200


Trivia Winners Round 2

·         1st Place: Jim Stark will receive a year’s supply of Haigh’s chocolate to a value of $1,000

·         2nd Place:  Mark Catalano will receive 6 months’ supply of Haigh’s chocolate to a value of $500

·         3rd Place:  Elliott Jones will receive a delivery of Haigh’s chocolate to a value of $200  


Grand Prize Winner – A trip to the Great Barrier Reef


Congratulations to Kenneth Myo, winner of Round 3 Trivia and a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. This fantastic prize includes:

·         Return flights for 2 people and  5 night’s accommodation

·         Behind-the-scenes visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science, which uses Siemens automation technology to run the most advanced reef simulation centre in the world.

·         Fun activities like a Helicopter transfer and picnic, Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling tour and a Sip & Sail Sunset Cruise.