How Disney Princesses Celebrate Oktoberfest


I stumbled upon this blog post from and simply had to share! I  love how they paired up each Disney princess with her own Oktoberfest beer choice. While I would have chosen a few more German beers for these lovely ladies to drink, it’s a pretty accurate representation of their personalities. Enjoy!!

Alice – Delirium Tremens
She’s in her own wonderland. Having delusional interactions. Need we say more?

Anna – Glueh Kriek
This cherry ale served hot with spices is sure to thaw out Anna’s frozen heart. It’s just what she needs to get through the cold and save her sister from a desolate life!

Ariel – Corona
She’s found her own beach. And she’s “miles away from ordinary.” No doubt about it; it’s a Corona for this one.

Aurora – Russian River Pliny the Younger
She’ll kick off her shoes and put up her feet with this beer. At 11% abv, it’s no wonder she’s called the Sleeping Beauty.

Belle – Rose Petal Imperial Golden Ale
Is that a rose in my beer? Yes, Belle, it is. And you can touch this one. Someone get her a Rose Petal Imperial Golden Ale.

Cinderella – Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shandy
She rolls in a pumpkin, for god’s sake. We think she’ll like drinking one too. This beer tastes like pumpkin pie and will make her dreams come true.

Elsa – Coors Light
What’s the coldest thing in the world? Elsa is, of course, but so is Coors Light (or so their commercial says). We just know Elsa will feel at home with this beer.

Jasmine – Modern Times Fortunate Island
Whenever Jasmine wants to see a whole new world, we bet she gets wasted on a Modern Times Fortunate Island. Made with lush grapefruit, it’s refreshing, slightly exotic, and very unique. Yes, sounds about right.

Merida – Guinness Irish Stout
We know she’s not exactly from Ireland, but close enough? Besides, she’s unruly and does things her own way. Call her a little princess, and she might just throw her mug at your head!

Mulan – Tsingtao
She loves her country and would do anything for it. So, the only thing she’ll drink is a Tsingtao. Poor girl suffers so much for her homeland.

Pocahontas – Eel River Triple Exultation
It’s all natural and organic, and at 9.7% abv, it’s just what this badass Disney princess needs at the end of a long day. It might kick your butt, but she’ll drink it like water.

Rapunzel – Bud Light
She’s been sheltered all her life, knows nothing, and is like a child. We think she’ll stick with the entry-level Bud Light. Poor thing.

Snow White – Hoegaarden Original White Ale
It’s gotta be a white ale for the fairest of them all. We just know she got drunk off a six-pack of Hoegaarden before she fell into that deep slumber.

Tiana – Heineken
It’s all she can afford right now, but like the beer slogan says, “A better beer deserves a better can.” We think so, too, Tiana, so work hard and earn that better can!

Tinkerbell – Once Upon a Time East India Pale Ale
There’s a thing called the beer fairy (so says Urban Dictionary), but we bet Tinkerbell isn’t it. We just know this magical being ends her night with a nice bottle of Once Upon a Time East India Pale Ale.

Now that you know what these Disney gals are drinking, we want to know what your go-to beer is. Let us know by leaving a comment below!

*Disclaimer: This post is for entertainment purposes only. We do not own or claim to own or have any affiliation with any of the aforementioned beers or Disney characters.

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Oktoberfest Guy Code – How to Wear Lederhosen

Dressing for Oktoberfest isn’t super complicated, but there are a couple things you should keep in mind if you’re a guy and you want to look well dressed. We’ve put together a quick list of things to keep in mind when getting dressed for Oktoberfest.

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Your options include: Lederhosen (with or without suspenders… assuming they don’t fall down), a trachtenshirt, a Loden Jacket, your Bayern Füsball jersey, jeans, khakis, a plaid shirt, a Bavarian style vest, Bavarian wool hat.

Your options do NOT include: Lederhosen swim trunks, a lederhosen Halloween costume, a novelty t-shirt with a dirndl or lederhosen on it, a cooking apron with lederhosen on it, any ridiculous hats. (Lederhosen literally means leather pants. So if they’re not made of leather… then they’re not lederhosen and it will look silly at Oktoberfest.)

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Not Lederhosen… NOT for Oktoberfest (or any event for that matter)

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Lederhosen with a Soccer Jersey

Lederhosen Code: Wearing traditional lederhosen to Oktoberfest is perfect, but don’t make the mistake of pairing it with your white tube socks and a dirty fraternity t-shirt. Make sure you have nice shoes (not necessarily dress shoes… you can wear your Doc Martins), but be sure to have the right socks. You can pick some up in Germany or pre-order them from Ernst Licht ( Shirt wise, you can go casual by wearing a Bayern soccer jersey or go a bit more formal/traditional with a nice plaid trachtenshirt. (Check out the available Rare Trachtenshirts by clicking here). The biggest thing to keep in mind when wearing lederhosen is just to look nice. You don’t want to disrespect the local traditions by looking schlampich. (Where do you buy lederhosen? Click Here!)


Lookin’ Good Guys!

No... Not a good shirt for Oktoberfest

No… Not a good shirt for Oktoberfest

T-shirt code: You can most certainly wear jeans and a t-shirt to Okotberfest, but don’t wear a t-shirt with a girl’s chest in a dirndl screen-printed on it… that’s just tacky, the end.

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Hat Code: A classic wool hat or fun Bavarian Spitzhut is perfect, so there is no need to make a fool of yourself by wearing a chicken hat or a cheapo peter-pan hat. Those might be fun souvenirs for your buddies, but not classy enough for Oktoberfest.


Vest Code: There are not too many vest styles that wouldn’t work for Oktoberfest. There are Austrian-style vests, Bavarian-style vests, classic vests, modern vests… simply pair it with a nice pair of jeans, khakis, or dress pants, a matching shirt and your good to go!

Did we miss something? Comment below! Share your experiences, thoughts and ideas about Guy Code for Oktoberfest.

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Munich Oktoberfest FAQs

Munich Oktoberfest FAQ

I get questions about Oktoberfest in Munich all the time, and while I’ve been to Munich several times… I’ve never had the privilege of going to Oktoberfest! [insert very sad face] But, that doesn’t mean I can’t help answer your questions!

custom-dirndlOne of the questions I get asked is about what to wear. Dirndls and Lederhosen!!! Absolutely! In the past 5 years there has been a huge resurgence of wearing the traditional dress to the Oktoberfest and if you want to fit in with the locals, then you need to get yourself a fabulous outfit, like Chantel did!! She’s from Munich and goes to the Oktoberfest every year and this is what I made for her in 2012 to fit in, yet stand out! If you need something for Oktoberfest, click this link to shop all of the Rare Dirndls that are in stock and ready to ship out to you -> 

Here are the Most Frequently Asked Questions according to the official Oktoberfest website, 

When will the Oktoberfest 2015 take place?
On Saturday, September 19th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9 am to secure good seats. The festival will last until October 4th.What are the opening hours?
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day 12.00 noon – 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 am – 10.30 pm
Daily closing hour 11.30 pm ‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 am

Opening hours of stalls
Opening day 10.00 noon – midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 11.30 pm
Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 midnight
Saturday 9 am – midnight
Sunday 9 am – 11.30 pm

Fairground attractions & sideshows
Opening day 12.00 noon – midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 11.30 pm
Friday, Saturday 10.00 am – midnight
Sunday 10 am – 11.30 pm

End of Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 11.30 pm

When is Oktoberfest scheduled for 2016?
2016: September 17th – October 3rd

Do I have to pay an entrance fee?
No, the entry to the area and all beer-tents is free.

How can I make a reservation for beer tents? 
For making a reservation in a beer tent you have to contact the respective beer tent. You can find the contact dates of the tents on our tent-overview.

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Can I enter the beer tents without a reservation?
Of course you can also enter the tents without any reservation. But please consider to come early, because the tents fill up very quickly! When the tents are overfilled, you cannot enter anymore. On weekends the tents often close before 11 am. because of overfilling. During the week the tents are normally open until afternoon.

Why is Oktoberfest called “Oktoberfest” when it actually begins in September?
The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.Are children allowed to visit the beer tents?
It depends on the age: Children under the age of six must leave the tents at 8pm even if they are in the company of their parents. A crowded tent wouldn’t be much fun for either the childern or the parents.

Is smoking allowed in the beer tents?
No. Since August 2010 there is a new no-smoking law in Bavaria which interdicts smoking in all kind of bars, pubs and restaurants including beer tents. Contravention is punished by not being served or from 2011 on also by a fine.

What is “Die Wiesn”?
The locals in Munich fondly refer to Oktoberfest as “die Wiesn” because of its location, Theresienwiese, which was named after Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.Is there a program of events to observe during this folk’s festival?
The main highlight of the Wiesn events and an important must-see is the Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade. The parade happens every year on the first Wiesn Sunday.

Other important events are the Parade of Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Official Tapping of the Keg, the Oktoberfest Mass , “Böllerschießen” (handheld canon salute) in front of the Bavaria statue and – this year- an agricultural festival.

For more information about the Oktoberfest in Munich visit

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Dirndl 101: How to Wear a Dirndl

Megan from SCHNITZels & GIGGLES in her dirndl. Photo courtesy of George Nagata

Never worn a traditional German Dirndl before? No problem, we understand that not everyone wears a dirndl once, maybe twice a week like us… but in all honestly there are a few things you should know. Here is a quick guide to getting dressed and ready for Oktoberfest in your Rare Dirndl!


#1 Undies– Wear a good bra. It doesn’t need to be a push-up bra, but it does need to put the girls in the right place.
#2 Bloomers– If you plan on getting your polka on, bloomers are a wise choice. Not everyone is going to be looking up your skirt, but there are sure to be some wandering eyes and some judging Oma’s should your skirt go a-flyin… better safe than sorry.
#3 Blouse– Whether is the classic off-the-shoulder, full puff-sleeve sweetheart blouse or our newest innovation the blouslette, that is what goes on next. (This step is not to be skipped!!!)
#4 Dirndl– Most Rare Dirndls have a center front zipper, so throw it over your head (or step into it if you’re floor is “nice und putz”) and zip that baby up. Some sucking it in may apply, but better to have a nice tight fit than a loosey-goosey dirndl
#5 Lace Up Front– If your dirndl has a lace up front, you’ll most likely find the corresponding ribbon and/or chain in the pocket (yes… there’s a pocket!) Start by putting the ribbon or chain trough the top to hooks and then crisscross and go down from there and tie it in a bow (or knot if its chain) at the bottom.
#6 Apron– The final touch is the apron (unless your dirndl comes with a belt in which case, just put on the belt). The apron gets tied at the natural waist, covering seam. You can either tie the apron in a bow in the back or bring the ties around the front and tie it in a bow. Put the bow on the left side if you are single and on the right side if you’re married.
#7 Accessorize!– To complete the look add the accessories of your choice

So there you have it. The basic guide to getting dressed in your dirndl. Be sure to post pictures of you in your über chic dirndl on Instagram or Facebook using #RareDirndl and stop reading this and go have fun! Girls in dirndls always have more fun!

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5 Ways to Rock the Dirndl this Season

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This time of the year is the busiest because so many Rare Dirndl customers are preparing to leave for the Oktoberfest in Munich in the coming weeks! Many local Chicagoans come to my studio looking for a dirndl to wear and often ask, “What do I wear with it? Socks? What shoes? I’ve never worn a dirndl before… What is traditional?” To that I usually respond, “well, I’m not the ‘stick to the rules kind of gal’ I think you can wear whatever you want.” But there are a few things that are stand out trends for 2015 so I’ve put together my top 5 tips to help you Rock your Dirndl this Oktoberfest season!

1. Motorcycle Boots and Dirndl Socks: The traditional dirndl sock is a great way to keep your legs warm (since it is fall and could get chilly) and then, pair them with motorcycle boots instead of mary-janes! This look is so unexpected and mixes hard rocker edge with a soft traditional look that I think is so new and fresh. It also helps keep any beer from spilling on your socks 😉 The best dirndl socks (in my opinion) come from Ernst Licht, here is the link –

The Look: Motorcycle Boots
Jackie and her daughters rocking the Look!

2. Trachtenhüte: A decorated trachten hat with feathers, ribbon, flowers and pins is very on trend for 2015 and it takes every dirndl to the next level. The hats are so popular this year that we only have 2 Bavarian style hats left! One red and one green, so get yours before they’re gone! Click here to see view them in the Rare Dirndl Online Store.

The Look: Trachtenhüte
Jill rocking the Look!

3. Floral Crowns: If you’re not into hats, a floral crown is super on trend this year! (design assistant Samantha says “that’s what all the cool kids are wearing these days” – good enough for me!) For one of our collections, I featured very large, over the top, avant-garde floral crowns, but a simple (not cheesy) crown is gorgeous for Okotberfest! There are lots of tutorials on YouTube to make your own, that way it can match your dirndl perfectly.

The Look: Floral Crown
Bride Mary-Claire rocking the Look

4. The Proper Undergarments: Underneath every great dirndl is a great foundation. I did a blog post a while back on the proper undies to wear with your dirndl, because there is not a woman on earth that can pull off a dirndl with a sports bra! Set yourself up for dirndl success and get your push-up bra and bloomers ready because wearing a dirndl is meant to accentuate only the best a woman’s body has to offer.

The Look: Proper Undergarments
Karen rocking the Look!

5. And last but not least…Bright Lipstick to Accent that Smile! No one likes a German girl with a frown and there is no better way to accent a gorgeous smile then with bright lipstick. I don’t listen to trends when it comes to lipstick color… play off of the colors in your dirndl and go with it. Hot Pink, Blush, Bright Red, Dark Plum – any color that accentuates your dirndl is the color to choose.

The Look: Bright Lipstick
Kat rocking the Look!

Those are my 5 ways to Rock the Dirndl this Oktoberfest Season. All season long we are going to be posting pics on Instagram (follow me at @raredirndl) featuring ladies that are rockin it! Like Megan!

She wore her custom Burberry inspired dirndl to the opening night of Oktoberfest at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas and she rocked her dirndl all the way down the aisles of the restaurant with Sigfried & Roy!! Use #RareDirndl and #RockTheDirndl all season long and maybe you’ll see your pic on our account too!

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The Oktoberfest that Comes to You! – Backyard Oktoberfest

At the opening of Hofbräu-Chi

I met Scott at the Grand Opening of the Hofrbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont, IL. We chatted briefly before he mentioned that his passion for Oktoberfest led him to create the website Backyard Oktoberfest which is a comprehensive guide to all things Okotberfest in America. I asked him to write a guest post for the Rare Dirndl blog because I think what he is doing is fabulous! So here is a quick story from Scott:


“Of all the ideas men toss around while throwing back a few beers, most are fairly inconsequential. But what happens when one idle thought turns into a mission? What happens when one man’s simple wish to attend a beer festival morphs into getting beer at Oktoberfest in Germany? That’s a life-changing idea. And that is exactly what happened to me.

Four years ago, I was talking with a buddy who jokingly suggested that we should go to Beerfest, like the guys in the 2006 movie of the same name. I told him Beerfest wasn’t real, but Oktoberfest was. We both agreed that it sounded like an awesome idea. At the time, I thought it was a passing thought, just one of the many intangible things that we have talked about over the years. But the next day he presented me with a full itinerary outlining our trip to the 200thanniversary of Oktoberfest in Munich, and my life has never been the same.

From the moment we arrived at the Wiesn in 2010, I knew I was experiencing something special. This was not a simple festival. It was the Six Flags of beer. The “tents” were massive structures, there was a midway that seemed to run for miles, and they even had rides like roller coasters, a log flume, and a Ferris wheel. The sights, sounds, and smells were familiar, but Oktoberfest wasn’t like anything I have ever experienced in America. Sitting in the Schottenhamel biergarten and the Paulaner Festzelt just felt right. Inside the tents, it’s just you and your closest 10,000 friends drinking beer, dancing, and singing along with the band. Despite language barriers and different nationalities, Oktoberfest brings everyone together.

On a post-vacation high and nostalgic for the wonder I just experienced at the Wiesn, I sought out Oktoberfest events stateside. I was disappointed to find that most local celebrations were missing that Munich magic. Sure, they all had pretzels, bratwursts, and beer aplenty. Some had German bands that played the sweet sounds of Ein Prosit. There were even a few local enthusiasts sporting lederhosen and dirndls. But overall, I found myself missing the more authentic touches like beer from the top Munich breweries, elaborately decorated tents, and the welcoming laughter of thousands of my new best friends as they climbed on top of the beer hall benches to raise their glass Maß in song.

That’s when I knew I had to throw my own authentic Oktoberfest party, and thus, Backyard Oktoberfest was born.

Scott in his Rare Dirndl trachtenshirt

Backyard Oktoberfest is a website designed to help Oktoberfest enthusiasts like you and me replicate the Wiesn in our own backyards. We strive to be the most comprehensive resource for all of your Oktoberfest needs. While we provide some information about the official Oktoberfest in Munich, the site is geared toward giving you the inspiration and assistance you’ll need to host your own Oktoberfest. It also offers reviews of local Oktoberfest events and Oktoberfest beers. Visitors to the site, including you, are encouraged to add your own expertise to our database by writing reviews and providing feedback that will help others have the best Oktoberfest season possible. We may not be able to share a bier in the Paulaner Festzelt ever year, but Backyard Oktoberfest will help you feel like you’re there. Prost!”

For more about Backyard Oktoberfest including a FREE Oktoberfest Checklist, click here to check out their website and be sure to follow Backyard Oktoberfest on Facebook and twitter.

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Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight: Eric & Elizabeth Brotten

Eric & Elizabeth Brotten – Minneapolis, MN

We’re Eric & Elizabeth Brotten, residents of Minneapolis and German-themed party connoisseurs. We love to wear our Rare Dirndl attire to local cultural events at the German-American Institute (St. Paul), as well as at our privately hosted annual Oktoberfest party (we get upwards of 80 guests, offer bier and food, live music, and authentic steins for use)!

Our favorite thing about Rare Dirndl is the fun, modern prints and high quality construction. We frequently get compliments about how trendy they look and we’ve even had German friends in Munich say they wish they had Tracht like we do!

– I love the way they look in their matching dirndl and menswear! I recently added a new category to the online store called “His & Hers” Where you can easily check out all of the matching dirndl and menswear outfits. Click the link to see them for yourself! –

Do you want to be the next Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight? As the winner you will recieve a $50 Coupon Code for any online purchase, a feature on the Rare Dirndl website and blog, and a gift package worth approx $100!! Click here to get all the details!

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