We Have A Winner! Free VIP Tickets To Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest

Women wearing  traditional Bavarian Dirndl pose with beer during 176th Oktoberfest in Munich

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

It wasn’t easy. We got 25 sonnets. A lot of them were excellent. Most of them were basically love sonnet to beer, one of them managed to find a rhyme for Angela Merkel, and almost all of them actually followed the rules. But in the end, there could be only one winner, so this year the pair of VIP tickets to the Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest party goes to…

FestivusForTheRestuvus, who wrote a beautifully realized sonnet about the interior life of beer. Here it is, in its entirety:


I’ve been cellar’d and lager’d and gen’rly kept cool
to get ready and heady has been my great task
I’ve many wieze friends but I ne’r been to school
its high time and my time to take leave of this cask

I will be loved and held tightly if the rumors are true
They will sing of me and bring of me onto their lips
I am to good health and here for spirits that wish to renew
Some enjoy great gulps and some will savor their sips

I burst from the tap strong and am poured to a stein
Mighty sounds ring forth as I’m swung to and fro
Toasts of Prost and sweet notes; happiness in mine
I am beer, I bring cheer, all should know what I know

It burned brightly and briefly but my time was the best
now its time for my brother to replace me at this Octoberfest

Nicely done, Festivus. The tickets are yours. And thanks to all the rest of you soused poets who played along. Hope to see you all down on South Street on Saturday.

Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest [Official]