The annual return of Samuel Adams Octoberfest always goes hand in hand -- or perhaps more appropriately stein in stein -- with the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition. The challenge involves beer drinkers holding a 1-liter glass stein filled with beer with an outstretched arm parallel to the ground for as long as they can.
The competition is being held at thousands of bars, restaurants and festivals nationwide. The best male and female hoisters win a trip for two to Oktoberfest 2014 in Munich, Germany.
So far, the Samuel Adams website identifies a "Cassy B." from Mason, Ohio, as the leading female hoister with a time of 8 minutes and 12 seconds. The top male contestant is from Utica, N.Y., with a time of 9 minutes and 13 seconds.
Eddie George's Grille 27 in Columbus is hosting one of the competitions today. (Sept. 13). For a rundown of where you can participate, click here.