Beer fans to raise bar at the Bier­fest

The Independent on Saturday - - SCENE & HEARD -

IF YOU thought the only train­ing in­volved in pre­par­ing for the an­nual TOPS at SPAR Bier­fest, pre­sented by The In­de­pen­dent on Satur­day, was a good bar work­out, then think again.

The staff work­ing at the event are more than just beer-fit and would put most fes­ti­val fans to shame with their prow­ess.

For ex­am­ple, at last year’s TOPS at SPAR Bier­fest, the fräuleins and beer­boys walked (or more likely ran) a com­bined to­tal of just over 18500km to unite thirsty Bier­fes­tar­i­ans with their beers.

That’s roughly the same dis­tance as walk­ing from Cape Town to London and back!

If you con­sider that a full stein of beer weighs about 2.2kg, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the mug mus­cle needed to keep the beer flow­ing.

Bier­fest staff build their bi­ceps at the gym and last year spent 20560 hours lift­ing weights so they could lift those beers.

It’s all rather thirsty work, but you will never see the TOPS at SPAR Bier­fest fräuleins and beer­boys even be­ing tempted to crack open a cold one – oh no!

Their train­ing, which clocks in at 5 140 col­lec­tive hours, in­cludes prac­tis­ing the art of re­sis­tance.

And so it is with Ger­man pre­ci­sion that they are able to re­sist the fes­ti­val’s beau­ti­ful brews, serv­ing them to grate­ful Bier­fes­tar­i­ans in­stead.

If you think that’s all rather im­pres­sive, take a look at these other fas­ci­nat­ing facts and stats from the 2016 TOPS at SPAR Bier­fest.

A to­tal of 1 755 staff worked at the event across the dif­fer­ent venues. Of these, 1 028 donned dirndls and leder­ho­sen to serve the beers.

The women took the lead with a staff com­ple­ment of 771 who, between them, wore 12 336 plaits in their hair and used 771 tubes of red lip­stick over the du­ra­tion of the four fes­ti­vals, all in the name of that fash­ion­able fräulein look.

To­gether they served 37 382 litres of beer and a mam­moth 74 664 litres of draught, a to­tal of 112 046 litres!

Nat­u­rally Jäger­meis­ter was also a big hit, with 14 893 shots be­ing en­joyed dur­ing all the fes­ti­vals.

The TOPS at SPAR Bier­fest is no mean feat to or­gan­ise, and more than 6 400 hours were spent plan­ning last year’s fes­ti­val, which used 30 tons of pro­duc­tion equip­ment which was trans­ported via two enor­mous Su­per­link trucks. – Staff Re­porter

The TOPS at SPAR Bier­fest, pre­sented by The In­de­pen­dent on Satur­day, takes place at the Sibaya Sun Park on Septem­ber 29 and 30.

A HAND­FUL: How The In­de­pen­dent on Satur­day re­ported a beer-lift­ing record last week. Bier­fest staff build their bi­ceps at the gym and last year spent 20 560 hours lift­ing weights so they could lift those beers.

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