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Oktoberfest, Germany’s annual celebration of beer, food and music started in Munich on Saturday with the last beer being served on Sunday October 6.  
Approximately 7 million visitors are expected to visit the 180th annual staging of the festival, and consume close to 7 million litres of beer during the 16-day long party.

With more than 800,000 Australians having German heritage, local celebrations are growing in popularity each year.

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Brisbane:  Named as one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests around the world, Brisbane celebrations kick of on the RNA showgrounds over two weekends; 11-13 October and 18-20 October.

Sydney:  There’s a choice of Oktoberfest locations around Sydney including the German-Austrian Society Celebration at Cabramatta on Saturday October 5, as well Fruhlingsfest festivities at the Concordia Club in Marickville every weekend in October.

Canberra:  For more than 45 years, the Harmonie German Club puts on a fantastic three-day celebration with German music, food and a huge selection of beer. This year’s event will be held at Exhibition Park from1-3 November.

Melbourne:  Oktoberfest is wunderbar in Melbourne.  Some of the best places to party are the Hofbrauhaus, The German Club Tivoli, the European Bier Café and the Lucky Coq.

Hobart:  Oktoberfest in Hobart has a multicultural feel with music, beer and great local fare being served up at Festival Park on September 28.

Adelaide:  The German-founded towns of Walkerville and Lobethal, a short drive from the city, are fun places to experience a local Oktoberfest.  Closer to the city, The German Club parties every Friday night in October with slap dancing, oompah music, strong arm competitions and, of course, beer.

Perth:    Australia’s biggest beer hall will be filled with West Australians celebrating Oktoberfest in the Gardens on Saturday October 12.  Festivities include ‘Miss Oktoberfest’, guys vs girls stein-holding challenge and a bratwurst challenge.

Darwin:  The Northern Territory’s biggest Oktoberfest celebrations will be held at Sky City from October 11 to 14 – with official Oktoberfest bier, traditional Baverian food, oompah band, schnapps and themed competitions.

But if you are looking for a crisp cold beer, all year round, check out’s list of top 10 places to enjoy a schooner.

Inverie, Knoydart, Scotland – This storied part of Scotland (Inverness-shire might be most famous forLoch Ness and its resident monster) has a fine heritage of whisky distilling. But beer brewing is just as important.  You have to work hard to get to Cheapflight’s favourite Scotish pub – The Old Forge Hotel in Inverie on the west coast of Scotland, named by the Guiness Book of World Records as Mainland Britain’s remotest pub.  There are no roads so beer-lovers are looking at an 18-mile hike over munros or a seven-mile sea crossing (take the ferry from Mallaig). The hotel’s wild, romantic beauty attracts ramblers, adventurers and beer-lovers from around the world. The pub features local beers on tap and array of whiskies, gins and wines. The food is as local as you can imagine: scallops from Loch Nevis, oysters from a nearby loch, langoustines from Mallaig and wild venison, and receives world-wide acclaim.

Cork, Ireland – Cork, the small city in the south, is considered by some to be the real capital of Ireland. It’s renowned as one of the great food regions of the world, and it has a strong tradition of brewing too. Cork’s Murphy’s Stout is more than a match for Arthur Guinness’s black stuff. Heineken brews it now at what was once called the Lady’s Well Brewery on the north side of the city. In a city of legendary pubs, it’s hard to pick the best, but The Franciscan Well Brewery on the North Mall might just be it. The Brewery was founded in 1998 on the site of a monastery that dates back to 1219. The brewery pub serves an astounding array of beers (brewed traditionally, the staff can almost tell you the fields in which the barley and hops were grown) such as Blarney Blonde, Shandon Stout and the “Rebels” — a red ale and a malt premium lager.

Burlington, Vermont, United States – Vermont, that lush green state of farms and maple forests, has the highest number of brewers per capita in the U.S. There are about 25,000 people per brewery and many of the micro-breweries are garlanded with awards and accolades. Magic Hat is one of the oldest brewing outfits in Vermont; its #9, a “not-quite-pale ale,” is one of the state’s best-known beers. One of the hoppiest bars in Burlington is the Vermont Pub & Brewery.  Opened by Greg Noonan, a craft-brewing pioneer and author, in 1988, its “unpasteurized, unfiltered, and unadulterated” beers are award winners in national and international festivals. The Burly Irish Ale for example is renowned — and on tap.

Georgia, United States – Since 2004, when legislation swept away the state’s 6 percent alcohol by volume law and raised it to 14 percent, the craft-brew industry in Georgia has gone from strong to stronger. The “grandfathers” of craft brewing are SweetWater, Red Brick (once known as the Atlanta Brewing Company), Five Seasons and Terrapin, but there is a clutch of newbies such as Burnt Hickory, MondayNight Brewing and the Red Hare Brewing Company that are tickling beer lovers’ tastebuds with their brews. You’ll find one of the best bars in the country on a bustling town square in Decatur. The Brick Store Pub has been around since 1997 and doesn’t serve any major domestic beer brands.  Instead, there are local, regional and American craft beers as well as German and English specialty beers. There’s a frequent rotation of 17 draught and 75 bottled beers. The Belgian Beer Bar is packed with more than 120 Belgian and Belgian-style bottled beers along with eight on draught. And they have an annual cheese-off, every September.

Wellington, New Zealand – New Zealand just sneaks inside the top 20 in beer consumption per capita, with a hefty 75.5 liters per person per year. Lion Nathan and DB Breweries are the two biggest breweries, commanding about 90 percent of sales. Wellington, the capital city in the south of the North Island, has a buzzing brewing scene with players like Funk Estate, The Garage Project and Geek Beer. Mac’s Brewbar and Restaurant is a popular spot at the corner of Taranaki and Cable Streets on the Wellington Waterfront. Its beers are award-winners. Last year it picked up gold, silver and bronze medals at the BrewNZ Awards for its Sassy Red, Hop Rocker and Great White beers. There are even a couple of non-alcoholic options, such as Ginger Beer and Green Apple (made from, you guessed it, Hawkes Bay Granny Smiths). The food menu features the best in NZ cuisine — green-lipped mussels and the mandatory pavlova. Best of all, on holidays there’s no surcharge.

The five beer destinations that round out our list — Tokyo, Japan; Istanbul, Turkey; Montreal, Canada; Reykjavik, Iceland and Brussels, Belgium — do not have English as their mother tongue but, when beer is on tap, language will be the least of your worries. To find out where to enjoy the best brew in these locations and to read’s complete list of Top 10 Beer Locales (and Their Best Bars), visit

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