Masskrugstemmen, or beer steinholding, is a relatively new competition in America but here's everything you need to know about it.
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.
A: Mahss-kroog-stem-men, approximately. Or you can just call it steinholding.
A: A full one-liter stein should weigh approximately 5.5 pounds or 2.5 kg, whichever you prefer.
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.
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.
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 21 minutes, 5 seconds, set by Mike Ayling at the 2017 National Masskrugstemmen Championships at the Steuben Day Parade and New York City Oktoberfest. We are working toward listing all Previous National and Regional champions on our Steinholding Competition Results.
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.