Have you ever heard the term stein hoist and wondered what it meant?

A stein hoisting competition is a traditional Bavarian strength contest to see who can hold up a one-liter stein (think big glass mug) for the longest amount of time.

The rules are you hold the stein straight out in front of your body, arm parallel to the ground, and you can’t brace yourself with, say, a hand on your hip. That would be cheating!

This year, Boston Beer Company is hosting 20 stein hoists locally, with winners earning a chance to compete in the finals at TrickShots & Wicked Eatery on Saturday, October 21st. The grand champion in both the men’s and women’s contests will each win a pair of tickets to the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Check out this year’s schedule below:

Saturday, Sept. 16, 3 pm: Ryan’s Wake (Troy)

Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 pm: Saratoga City Tavern

Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 pm: Bootlegger’s on Broadway (Troy)

Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 pm: Partner’s Pub (Johnstown)

Friday, Sept. 22, 4 pm: Recovery Room (Troy)

Friday, Sept. 22, 5:30 pm: Recovery Room (East Greenbush)

Friday, Sept. 22, 7 pm: Recovery Room (Albany)

Saturday, Sept. 23, 4 pm: Switfy’s (Delmar)

Thursday, Sept. 28, 5 pm: Saratoga Casino

Friday, Sept. 29, 5 pm: Peddler’s (Clifton Park)

Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 pm: Junior’s (Guilderland)

Friday, Oct. 6, 5 pm: Lionheart on the Green (Albany)

Saturday, Oct. 7, 4 pm: Arsenal City Tavern (Watervliet)

Thursday, Oct. 12, 8 pm: Harvey’s (Saratoga)

Friday, Oct. 13, 5 pm: Philly Bar & Lounge (Latham)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 12 pm: The Klam’r (Halfmoon)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2:30 pm: The Bunker (Schenectady)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 5 pm: Centre Street Pub (Schenectady)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 12 pm: River’s Casino (Schenectady)

Saturday, Oct. 21, 12 pm: The Mill (Round Lake)


Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 pm: TrickShots & Wicked Eatery (Clifton Park)


And even if you don’t want to compete, come say hi and have a beer!

Want to learn more about stein hoists? Keep reading to learn some interesting stein hoist facts.

How much does a stein weigh?

A full stein should weigh about 5 lbs.

What is a good stein hoisting time?

According to ussteinholding.com, an average men’s competition will last between 3-5 minutes and ladies will last about 1-3 minutes.

What is the record for stein hoisting?

The U.S. Men’s National Record for stein hoisting is 21 minutes and 17 seconds. The U.S. Women’s National Record is 5 minutes and 34 seconds.

Click here to read more facts about stein hoisting. See you soon!