Max Koch Uncorked

Wine-soaked adventures through a twisted life…

The 2015 Krampus Ball!

Alpine folklore came to the Highland Park Ebell Club last night, so Kari Wahlgren and I decided to explore the dark side of such seasonal festivities…

I immediately crashed into this devil upon arrival.

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As Kari was seduced by this otherworldly creature.

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So much creativity…so many cool people.

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We arrived a little early, so hopefully that box back there was well-hidden by the time things got REALLY crazy.

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St. Nicholas soon came out, wanting to know who’d been naughty, which was EVERYONE.

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All I wore was this. It was my first Krampus Ball so I cut myself some slack. Besides, I can’t compete with all the crazy hoof and horn people. Also, it was kinda HOT and SWEATY in the ballroom.

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It’s sorta like Oktoberfest, the Krampus Ball. But in HELL.

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This dude actually freaked me out. He was hobbling around on candy cane crutches.

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Even the Wahlgren was unnerved!

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The Krampus enters your home and steals all your good tidings, along with your children. Then they make off with the loot in woven baskets strapped to their backs.

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I mean, some of the get-ups were just jaw-dropping. And all the while you’re slugging an Austrian Stiegl and planning your exit should these things suddenly turn out to be REAL.

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Kari was like sweet bread to these fiends.

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This is Frederick. We rapped with him for a while. He’s an amazing make-up and costume artist. I asked him who his biggest influence was: Lon Chaney!

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Those are…rabbits up there.

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It’s like “Eyes Wide Shut” but at a Krampus Ball.

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We could NOT stop staring at this chick’s hat.

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She SEES YOU WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPING…!

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WINE PAIRING: I have countless German whites I could recommend, but honestly? I would go with the Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith…cuz you’re gonna need some EXTRA DEFENSE against the Krampus!

Krampusnacht!

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