The Best Beer Festivals Around the World

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Oktoberfest in Munich

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Jul 7, 2012 —  You’re at the bar, deciding what to order. Should you get a smooth pilsner? How about a strong pale ale instead? Maybe you want a crisp lager or the heavy stout? Hell, if it’s a fermented beverage made of hops, water, and starch, you’ll drink it. So what are you still doing sitting at the bar choosing between limited options of mediocre brews when there are beer festivals going on year round across the world?

You know – beer festivals – those heavenly places where the best of the best congregate together, microbreweries and corporations alike, serving up frothy mugs of malty goodness for your tasting pleasure! Places where you can caper across grassy fields that are pitched with beer tent after beer tent for as far as the eye can see while you sing along to the oompah bands in your lederhosen! Or busy roads whose cars have been replaced by thirsty mobs bouncing from stand to stand, sampling beers with the rest of the sloshy crowds under the perfect weather that seemed to know you planned for a day of outdoor drinking!!

Okay, we get it, you love beer. But before you wipe the drool and book your plane tickets, here are the five best beer festivals around the globe to help you prioritize. 

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    Oktoberfest

    Beer Festival / Food & Drink Event Every year from September-October

    Oktoberfest - Beer Festival | Food & Drink Event in Munich.
    Munich Theresienwiese

    Bavariaring 10
    80336 Munich

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    Los Angeles Beer Festival

    Beer Festival Every year in April

    Los Angeles Beer Festival - Beer Festival in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles Paramount Studios

    5555 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90038

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    Great British Beer Festival

    Beer Festival / Concert / Food & Drink Event Every year in August

    Great British Beer Festival - Beer Festival | Concert | Food & Drink Event in London.
    London Olympia Exhibition Centre

    Hammersmith Rd
    London W14 8UX

    020 7385 1200

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    PINT Bokbierfestival

    Beer Festival Every year in October

    PINT Bokbierfestival - Beer Festival in Amsterdam.
    Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage

    Damrak 277
    1012 ZJ Amsterdam

    020 5304141

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    NYC American Craft Beer Festival

    Beer Festival / Food & Drink Event Every year in March

    NYC American Craft Beer Festival - Beer Festival | Food & Drink Event in New York.
    New York Lexington Avenue Armory

    68 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10010

User Comments

Anonymous Aug 25, 2012
NYC American craft beer festival, where I was introduced to sixpoint. Unbelievable NYC brewed beer. Check out Sixpoint Crisp.
Anonymous Aug 3, 2012
Oktoberfest needs to happen for me too.
Anonymous Aug 3, 2012
Oktoberfest needs to happen for me too.
Matt Y. Jul 28, 2012
I definitely have to go to Oktoberfest one of these days. It looks unreal.
Paula P. Jul 27, 2012
I wish I liked beer but I never bothered to acquire the taste for it. Does Oktoberfest offer anything else?? Maybe something a bit more girly - like pear cider.
Sara G. Jul 26, 2012
A massive beer festival isn't really my thing but I'd love to go to Oktoberfest regardless. With any of these, I would think that staying hydrated is the key to staying in the game!
Alex K. Jul 26, 2012
My best friend went to Oktoberfest this year and said it was one of the best decisions she's ever made. I can't wait to go!
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Spent 3 days at Oktoberfest in 2005. Remember 1 of them. Amazing festival.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Oktoberfest is king. The rest pale in comparison. The amount of beer consumed at that festival is frightening. Make sure to buy tickets in advance though.
Sandip S. Jul 26, 2012
Can't wait for Oktober to come soon enough!
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