Just heard on NPR that for the first time ever smoking is baennd at Oktoberfest. This has organizers worried; without the stench of cigarette smoke to cover up the other odors' (urine, vomit) people will really be able to smell Oktoberfest in all it's, uh, glory. Mmmmm. Pretty much killed my desire to make that trip.You guys should grow hops. We've started growing our own in our little backyard (central Mass.). We'll homebrew with them sometime this fall- it 's our first year of any yield. Takes 3 years after planting the rhizomes to get any hops cones, but it was so worth the wait.