Munich’s Oktoberfest is legendary, but it isn’t the only beer festival worth visiting across the globe. In fact, it isn’t the only one in Germany, as evidenced by the International Berlin Beer Festival. Fans of Belgian beer may want to head to Brussels in September for Belgian Beer Weekend, while pilsner drinkers may favor the Pilsner Fest in the Czech Republic. In the US, top festivals are held in Denver, Portland, and Chicago. Up north in Ontario, Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest is actually the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Munich.
- Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest in Ontario is the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Munich.
- Denver’s Great American Beer Festival includes the awarding of medals to the top breweries in the country.
- The Campaign for Real Ale organizes the Great British Beer Festival in London, which features beer, cider and perry.
“It might surprise Oktoberfest lovers to learn that the biggest Oktoberfest outside of Munich is actually held in the Canadian twin cities of Kitchener Waterloo, just a 90-minute drive from Toronto.”