In 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria invited all the citizens of Munich to drink beer and party with him for 16 days on the occasion of his marriage to Princess Therese. The event gave birth to an annual celebration that has endured more than two centuries. The goodwill Ludwig earned during that first Oktoberfest was lost when he decided to add a tax on his subjects’ beer in 1844. People rioted in the streets, destroying property and beating police officers until Ludwig agreed to a ten percent reduction in the price of drink. He abdicated not long after.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is partnering with Saint Arnold to present The History of Oktoberfest, a lesson on the rich history and complex science behind beer. The evening includes a tour of the new Saint Arnold brewing facility and a heaping helping of suds, pretzels and Bavarian sausages. 7 p.m. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue. For information, call 713-686-9494 or visit www.saintarnold.com. $43 to $53.
Wed., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., 2012