By Joe Sixpack
Philadelphia Daily News

Daily News Beer Reporter

DURING OKTOBERFEST, which begins tomorrow in Munich, it's all about the beer . . . and the glass you drink it from.
More than 6 million people will show up at the fairgrounds over the next three weeks and slug down fresh Bavarian beer from huge, heavy mugs. It's a scene that will be repeated in dozens of similar, though decidedly smaller, fall festivals across America.

The iconic glass is a masskrug or simply a mass (rhymes with moss), and it holds a full liter of beer plus a handsome, billowing head. Down two of them, and you've finished off just about a sixpack.

Which is to say, Oktoberfestbier - at least the way it's consumed in Munich - is also about quantity. By the end of the celebration, nearly 7 million liters of Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Lowenbrau, Augustiner and Hofbrau will be emptied.

Even in an era of increasingly temperate restraint, it's a joyous, manic scene.
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