As announced via press release on Sunday, the long anticipated Starkbierantisch at Nockherberg scheduled for March 11, 2020 will be postponed due to coronavirus-related precautions.
The Starkbierantisch has for years been the official “kick-off” event for Starkbier festivities at Paulaner am Nockherberg, with a keg tapping wrapped into a good old fashioned political roast and Singspiel, during which hundreds of politicians are in attendance (and promptly made fun of). While usually broadcasted live on TV, this year, the event will not occur as planned on March 11, a fate which was hinted at during a Friday press conference, but is now officially confirmed.
According to this press conference, the Bayerischen Landesamtes für Gesundheits- und Lebensmittelsicherheit had strongly advised politicians not to attend the event, which would see over 500 people in attendance at the Paulaner am Nockherberg. These precautions are in line with many other decisions around Germany and Europe to cancel/postpone larger public gatherings to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including the travel trade fair ITB in Berlin and the hugely popular Leipzig Book Fair.
Organizers insist that the event will be rescheduled for a later date, but when remains unknown.
The fate of Munich’s legendary Starkbierfest at Paulaner am Nockherberg remains up in the air, although the latest update from organizers on Friday stated the event was still to go on. More on this as it develops.