Written by Jim Banko, U.S. Steinholding Founder

Steinholding FAQs

Masskrugstemmen, or beer steinholding, is a relatively new competition in America but here's everything you need to know about it.

Q: What is steinholding / Masskrugstemmen / stein hoisting?

National steinholding championship

A: Steinholding is a traditional Bavarian strength contest in which competitors hold a full one-liter beer stein (or Masskrug/Mass in German) out in front of their bodies with a straight arm, parallel to the ground. You go as long as you can and the last man hoisting is the winner. For more details on the rules, see our official steinholding rules page.

Q: How do you pronounce "Masskrugstemmen"?

A: Mahss-kroog-stem-men, approximately. Or you can just call it steinholding.

Q: How much does the stein weigh?

A: A full one-liter stein should weigh approximately 5.5 pounds or 2.5 kg, whichever you prefer.

Q: How do you practice for a competition?

A: Everyone is different, and being in good athletic condition helps, but to put it bluntly, you basically just practice holding a stein a lot. If you are serious about competing, see our beer steinholding training section with training tips from national champions.

Q: How long should a normal person expect to last in their first competition?

A: Your typical guy can usually last somewhere in the 3-5 minute range, with ladies lasting between 1-2 minutes. If you can go longer than that, following all of the rules, you should definitely find out where to compete in masskrugstemmen so you can take a shot at qualifying for a national level competition.

Q: What is the world record for steinholding?

A: There isn't currently a world-level competition, so we don't know of any official world record, but the US national record is currently 19 minutes, 15 seconds, set by Deryk Lindsey at the 2016 National Masskrugstemmen Championships at the Steuben Day Parade and New York City Oktoberfest. Previous National and Regional champions are listed on our Steinholding Competition Results.

Q: I am the kind of masochist that wants to experience the thrill of holding a beer stein further from my mouth and for a longer amount of time than nature ever intended. How do I find a competition?

A: You are a special breed, my friend. There are lots of local, regional and national level competitions across the country, check out our map for where to compete in steinholding. If you know of a restaurant, festival, or other venue that holds competitions, tell them to get in touch with us.


Jim banko national steinholding champion Jim Banko is the founder of the U.S. Steinholding Association. He is the 2015 Hofbrau Masskrugstemmen National Champion and previous United States record holder for Steinholding with an official time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds.