Oktoberfest Boulder is FREE to enter and so is the Stein Hoisting Competition. Just show up to our Activity state to join in one of our qualifying rounds. 

Here's how it works:

  1. Drop-in to a qualifying round at the activity stage any time Friday (2:00pm-10:00pm) or Saturday (10am - 6pm)​​

  2. Qualifying rounds hold 10 participants each.

  3. The top 15 men's and top 15 women's longest hoist times will be chosen for the final championship round on Saturday at 7:45pm. (you'll be notified via text message if you are in or not by 6:30pm on Saturday)

  4. The top 10 women will step up for the women's Stein Hoisting Championship. (if any of the top 10 out of 15 don't show up, the next longest time will take their place)

  5. The top 10 men will step up for the men's Stein Hoisting Championship. (if any of the top 10 out of 15 don't show up, the next longest time will take their place)

Prize money is paid as follows:

  • 1st place men: $150​

  • 1st place women: $150

download the stein-hoisting rules:


the stein-hoisting rules:

Official U.S. Steinholding Association Rules

Version 1.1, updated June 2018


  1. A 1L glass stein with handle must be used. The stein itself should weigh approximately 3.5lbs and should be provided by the establishment hosting the competition to ensure consistency.

  2. Stein must be filled with liquid to the 1L lip.

  3. Stein must be gripped by the handle.

  4. The thumb may not rest on top of the stein handle, it must rest on the other fingers.

  5. Pinkie finger may be held outside of the handle.

  6. Arching of the back is allowable, however excessive leaning is unacceptable.

  7. The stein must be gripped such that the front of the stein faces away from the competitor (the stein can't be gripped sideways).

  8. Stein must be held out in front of the competitor, not out to the side.

  9. The arm holding the stein must remain close to parallel with the floor and should be extended straight with very little bending at the elbow.

  10. The arm holding the stein should remain separated from the chest of the competitor. The chest may not be used as a shelf to support the arm.

  11. The off-hand should remain at the competitor's side or back and may not touch or be used to support the arm holding the stein.

  12. An infraction of any rule will result in a strike. After two strikes, the third infraction leads to elimination of the competitor.

  13. If any amount of beer spills or drips off of the stein, the competitor is eliminated, regardless of the number of previously assigned strikes. During outdoor competitions or humid conditions, judges should be sure to differentiate between dripping resulting from condensation and dripping resulting from beer spillage.

  14. Competitors should not contact any structures, objects or people during the competition.

  15. Competitors must stand within their personal area and should not move more than is necessary to make adjustments ensuring proper form during the competition