Contest Rules

  • The Masskrug is a 1-liter Hofbräu Glass Stein
  • The Masskrug is filled with 1 liter of Hofbräu Beer to the mark. The combined weight of Stein and Beer is approx. 5 pounds.
  • The Masskrug is to be held with one arm (left or right), stretched out in front of the body (not sideways!), and completely parallel to the floor.
  • Your thumb cannot be on top of the handle. The opposite arm must be straight down and not supporting your body in any way.
  • The stein must be held by the handle. It CANNOT be held through the handle hoop, or by the actual body of the stein.
  • The Hofbräu Logo on the Stein must always face towards the front of the contestant (away from the contestant) and towards the audience.
  • The contestant may not wear any form of artificial support on his/her arm, elbow, wrist, hand, or back, including taping or bandaging the arm, elbow, wrist, hand, or back for the competition.
  • The contestant may also not wear a back brace during the competition.
  • Any powder, pine tar or similar substances on the hands are also forbidden.
  • There is no switching of hands once the competition has started.
  • If the arm holding the Masskrug is not absolutely parallel to the floor, the contestant gets a warning – after two warnings follows disqualification.
  • Any spilling of beer is an automatic disqualification.

Visit the U.S. Steinholding Association website for more competition techniques and training tips.