Test your strength with Masskrugstemmen contests on Saturday at Oktoberfest!

Masskrugstemmen, or beer steinholding, is a traditional Bavarian competition where contestants hold 1L steins full of liquid in front of them for as long as possible. Winners will receive UCBC prizes and swag!

Steinholding Competition Schedule

Saturday (9/29) Only:

  • 3:15pm

  • 4:45pm

  • 6:15pm

All competitions will take place inside the Biergarten on the platform stage.


official rules:

From the US Steinholding Association

  1. A 1L glass stein with handle must be used. The stein itself should weigh approximately 3.5lbs and should be provided by the establishment hosting the competition to ensure consistency.

  2. Stein must be filled with liquid to the 1L lip.

  3. Stein must be gripped by the handle.

  4. The thumb may not rest on top of the stein handle, it must rest on the other fingers.

  5. Pinkie finger may be held outside of the handle.

  6. Arching of the back is allowable, however excessive leaning is unacceptable.

  7. The stein must be gripped such that the front of the stein faces away from the competitor (the stein can't be gripped sideways).

  8. Stein must be held out in front of the competitor, not out to the side.

  9. The arm holding the stein must remain close to parallel with the floor and should be extended straight with very little bending at the elbow.

  10. The arm holding the stein should remain separated from the chest of the competitor. The chest may not be used as a shelf to support the arm.

  11. The off-hand should remain at the competitor's side or back and may not touch or be used to support the arm holding the stein.

  12. An infraction of any rule will result in a strike. After two strikes, the third infraction leads to elimination of the competitor.

  13. If any amount of beer spills or drips off of the stein, the competitor is eliminated, regardless of the number of previously assigned strikes.

  14. Competitors should not contact any structures, objects or people during the competition.

  15. Competitors must stand within their personal area and should not move more than is necessary to make adjustments ensuring proper form during the competition.