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Columbus brewery—and others through the state—hosting beer stein-holding contest

Columbus brewery—and others through the state—hosting beer stein-holding contest

Jack McLaughlin

While bodybuilders and beer fanatics may not always agree on much, there’s a festive contest they can both get into that’s happening locally and across the state of Ohio: stein holding.

In case you don’t know, a Steinzeugkrug (colloquially known as a stein), is a traditional German beer glass. Hofbrahaus, the German-inspired brewery located in Grandview, will be celebrating the Oktoberfest season by hosting a preliminary round of the Ohio State Steinholding Championships.

The brewery will host the competition on Sept. 1, and an additional round will be held on Sept. 7. An earlier round was hosted by Hofbrahaus last weekend.


According to the official rules from US Steinholding Association, steins in each qualifying round should weigh approximately three pounds, and all contestants are given then same brand and style of glass.

You can take a look at the official rules for yourself, and there are quite a few, with specific points pinkie placement and the angle of steinholders’ arms relative to the ground.

While different qualifying rounds can use different liquids, Hofbrahaus fills their steins with water, according to an employee at the Grandview location.

The men’s and women’s winners of each qualifying round at Hofbrahaus will go on to compete in the Steinholding contest at Oktoberfest Columbus, and the winners of this will have a chance to compete for the Ohio State Steinholding Championship on Oct. 14.

Numerous bars and restaurants throughout the state, including other locations of Hofbrahaus, hold qualifying rounds for the Ohio State Steinholding championships as well.

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