Germany’s Michael Sturm has broken the world record for the Most beer steins carried over 40 m (male).

The traditionally-Bavarian challenge took place at the Oktoberfest Brahma Extra in São Paulo, Brazil.

He managed to carry 26 full beer steins around a pre-measured 40 metre (131.234-ft) course, under the vigilant gaze of Guinness World Records adjudicator Raquel Assis.

One of the things Raquel had to do was make sure that the combined weight of the litre steins at the end of the attempt was no less than 90% of the weight at the start, otherwise the attempt would have been deemed invalid. Michael finished the attempt with an impressive 98.33% of the weight measured at the start.

Most beer steins carried over 40 metres

The attempt didn’t go as smoothly as it sounds though because, prior to this, Michael tried to set the record carrying 28 steins.

However, the load proved to be too heavy and unstable for Michael and he dropped the steins, smashing the glasses and cutting his knee in the process (did you notice the bandage on his leg in the video?).

“You fall, but if you fall you need to get up fast and look forward,” he said – and so he did.

Adjudicator Raquel called it a “heroic attempt”.

Most beer steins carried over 40 m

“It was amazing to have the opportunity to set the record in Brazil,” said Michael after the second, successful attempt. “Now Oliver [the previous record holder] will try to get the record title back and I’ll be prepared for this challenge.”

He dedicated the achievement to his family, his coach Thomas Viehuser, to Germany and to the Brazilian fans.

Fellow German Oliver Struempfel held the previous record with 25, which he achieved in 2014. A video emerged in September that appears to show Oliver carrying an incredible 29 glasses – but we are yet to receive any evidence from Oliver so that our Records Managers can ratify the attempt. Stay tuned!

Former record holder Oliver Struempfel