For the first time in its 210-year history, Bavaria’s leaders have cancelled Oktoberfest, which was scheduled to be held between Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, October 4. If like us, you’re sulking for suds, Netflix’s newest drama Oktoberfest: Beer and Blood is reason enough for you to grab a six-pack. It’s not the same as drinking with friends while chowing down on bratwurst but this October, you can drink while watching a series on the history of the festival.
Beer and blood, two words that are rarely used in the same sentence, in this case, they go hand in hand to tell the story about the inception of the famed beer festival as we know it today. The fictional series, which is reportedly based on a true story, opens in Munich in 1900 and dwells on the cut-throat business of brewskis. As the city gears up to celebrate the beer-brewing tradition, an outsider, a cunning Nuremburgian entrepreneur and restaurateur, Curt Prank, has an ambitious plan.
Curt Prank is loosely based on Georg Lang, also known as ‘crocodile Lang’. The landlords wanting to set shop at the festival had to buy lots at an auction. Lang bought five lots and built a beer castle for the festival large enough to be advertised on posters. He also added a 30-man orchestra to his tent, making it whole lot more fun for revellers.
Creators: Christian Limmer, Ronny Schalk, Alexis Wittgenstein
Cast: Misel Maticevic, Martina Gedeck, Klaus Steinbacher
Release: October 1
Streaming on: Netflix