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Kastenlauf participants in Harrislee

Kastenlauf (literally beer crate-running) or Bier-Rallye, is a drinking game that is played in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is a race among teams that consist of at least two people carrying a crate of beer, the contents of which must be consumed prior to crossing the finish line.[1][2] The first team to cross the finish line after drinking all of their beer is considered the winner.[3] The teams are usually also required to retain all their bottle caps, as an anti-littering measure.

The route generally varies from 5 to 12 kilometres (3.1 to 7.5 mi) in length.[4]

In Munich, kastenlauf events have been organized since 1982.[5] Kastenlaufs are also common among young people while en route to a beer festival, especially on its first day.


  1. ^ (in German) Fuldaer Zeitung Tragischer Unfall beim Fuldaer Kastenlauf, 19. Juli 2006
  2. ^ (in German) A 2007 brochure about the Philosophy Department, University of Würzburg
  3. ^ "12 Drinking Games that Have Kept the Party Going for Centuries". Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  4. ^ "Was ist eigentlich ein Kastenlauf?" (in German). June 26, 2006. Retrieved Jan 5, 2011.
  5. ^ (in German) "Die zehn Kultveranstaltungen im Münchner Uni-Kalender" Archived 2004-02-16 at the Wayback Machine., Mayers magazine, 2003, no.4