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The cooler temperatures require something to warm you up, and a great way to do exactly that is with a beer festival. Time is running out to enjoy some sips and samples this October, but there’s still a few weekends left to celebrate. Here are three big city beer festivals where you can toast to the fall:
Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival
Things in Los Angeles only take place on one day, so be sure to clear your calendar for Saturday, October 18 between noon and 4pm. The kegs and taps will be doing their thing over at LA Center Studios, and organizers promise everything from food trucks to live music. As far as the beer is concerned there will be over 150 options from which to choose, and $40 will get in the door and access to plenty to taste—just bring extra cash for something to eat.
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One of the biggest festivals of the year is now underway in Germany but, if you’re stuck at home in the nifty fifty, there are still a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest—even at the airport.
For example, we know that Lufthansa is all in when it comes to the seasonal celebration, and this continues at the airport as well. Senator and Business Lounges around the world, including those in the US (New York-JFK, Newark-Liberty, and Washington-Dulles, Detroit).
The lounge staff might not be in traditional dress like some of the cabin crew, but a few Oktoberfest treats will be added to the food and beverage selection.
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Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.
Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lagerthe brewery's flagship beerbut popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.
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One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.
We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":
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These are the words"it is tapped!"with which the Mayor of Munich will open 2014 Oktoberfest tomorrow, September 20. After that first keg starts flowing some 6 million people will pass under the Willkommen before the festival closes on October 5, all sharing the goal of making memories while singing along to "Ein Prosit" in one of the big beer tents.
Therein lies the problem; those tents, large as they are, are pretty tight and tables are booked by advance reservation. Unfortunately for the first-timer or last-minute visitor to Oktoberfest, the pre-booking process is out of the question and bribes are not standard.
Don't give up! There are definite ways to grab a coveted seat inside a tent, (even Hofbräuhaus!), if you try out our three tips:
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It’s the season to raise a glass, mug, or stein in celebration of Oktoberfest. With only days until events kick off, a last-minute trip to Munich may not be in the cards this year. That’s okay, as there are plenty of towns, communities, and cities doing the Oktoberfest thing on this side of the ocean. Here are some of our favorites:
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September is, without a doubt, the height of beer news for the year. There's Oktoberfest, the release of pumpkin seasonals, autumn beer tests, and airline beverage menu revamps. For 2014, SAS has some big news to share on that last front; they've partnered with Denmark's Mikkeller craft brewery to develop SAS Wit, onboard SAS long-haul flights in Business Class.
According to Mikkeller's Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, "it's a wheat beer in the Belgian traditionfresh with a summery taste of orange peel and cilantro. As such, it's a bit cloudy with residue from yeast and wheat."
Already SAS has expanded the partnership to include an upcoming sweet red lager (preview of the cans below).
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Oktoberfest in Munich begins September 20 and ends October 5. Looking at the calendar, that's a scant 10 days until the tapping of the first keg! Despite what you may be thinking, it's still not too late to make the decision to finally "do" Oktoberfest this year.
During the festival, the city's Theresienwiese event grounds (or simply "Wiesn" for short) will be teeming with tens of thousands of revelers daily, traveling from beer tent to champagne tent, to schnapps booth. Champagne tent?! Schnapps booth?! Yes, there are special zones and kiosks for all traditional German alcohols, but beer is the chief interest and, as such, the big-name beer tents fill up early in the day.
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Airline lounges are more than just comfy sofas, free wifi, and delicious food. Many lounges (mostly outside the United States) pull out all the stops when it comes to amenities for the relaxation of their frequent flyers, including in the beverage department.
Recent stops in both Japan Airline's Sakura Lounge at Tokyo-Narita and ANA's International lounge at Tokyo-Haneda had us decompressing in a thoughtful and welcoming space with plenty options for fill our bellies and imbibing at the self-pour bar. While there isn't a bartender to mix your drink for you, there is a unique server in the form of a special beer machine placed just next to the vodka, gin and whiskey.
A few years ago the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—the ones responsible for running the big airports like JFK and Newark—gobbled up operations at Stewart International. The airport in the Hudson Valley has gained some new flights since then, plus a greater presence on the airport map, but the one thing they've been missing all these years is alcohol.
We never even noticed it before, but this airport has been dry—no beer, no wine, and no liquor. Thankfully this is changing, and now nervous flyers everywhere can score a little bit of pre-flight medicine—or confidence—before heading to the boarding door.
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There’s another carrier adding a little craft beer to the beverage cart, and this week it’s United bringing a hometown favorite right into the cabin.
Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery has been tapped—ha—to send over plenty of 312 Urban Wheat Ale over to United Airlines. The sudsy stuff will be offered up on flights across the globe, and the ale will even be available in United Club locations across the United States. It sounds like things should be on the menu beginning on July 1.
It’ll be $8 for those in the back of the plane, and those up front in business and first class can score some free of charge. If you’re enjoying a little while awaiting your flight you can expect to hand over $3 for a drink in the United Club.
Best of all there’s going to be a little bit of an in-flight happy hour on Tuesday—we’re guessing July 1—to welcome the new beer to 35,000-feet. Passengers flying between Chicago and Houston on United Flight 312 will score a beer for free.
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Yesterday we filled you in on how Nashville's Airport is becoming the place to go if you’re looking to enjoy a beer before your flight. Even though downing a cold one anywhere within the terminal is a plus, nothing truly beats a biergarten. Thankfully, a few airports have taken the hint and installed actual biergartens into their terminals.
· LaGuardia Airport.
It might not be situated in the great outdoors, but LaGuardia's Biergarten does its thing within Delta's Terminal C. It’s more of a restaurant than a full-fledged beer garden, but it does call itself Biergarten—so we kind of have to include it. Both foreign and local brews are on tap, and the menu has an emphasis on German cuisine—think knockwurst, bratwurst, and other sausage selections.