Beer halls filled with 10,000 people dancing on tables. Bar staff wearing lederhosen carrying fistfuls of steins filled with beer. Six million visitors each year. 6.9 million litres of beer consumed on average.
Would you believe that the original festival was actually a huge horse race designed to celebrate a royal marriage?
It was so successful that the festival continued annually. It was only in the 19th century that Oktoberfest began to see food vendors, performers, carousels and large beer tents that the festival is known for today.
Oktoberfest in Scotland
Oktoberfest is now celebrated worldwide. The biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Scotland take place this year in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Whilst the typical Oktoberfest explicitly served beer brewed within Munich’s city limits, Oktoberfest celebrations in Scotland will be showcasing some of our finest Scottish brews.
After all, Scotland has been doing it for over 5000 years and is home to over 100 breweries.
Our Favourite Scottish Breweries
If you can’t make it down to Oktoberfest, you can celebrate by drinking a cold one from one of our favourite Scottish breweries!
We really proud of our Shandy collaboration with Stewart Brewing this summer!
The Shandy Packs made the perfect addition to any gathering, and are a great alternative for those of your guests who like beer in moderation. The collaboration is still available to buy online here.
You can visit Stewart Brewing's Bar & Pizza kitchen in Edinburgh, which has over 18 draught beers to choose from!
Vault City Brewing
For those of us who like zingy and out-of-the-ordinary flavours, Vault city is for you. Their range of sour beers are perfect for those of us who are fruit-lovers! They regularly release new flavours - we're lusting after their Vegan Strawberry Woo Woo sour.
We recently went down to Porty Vault, where we were lucky enough to sample some of Vault City's sours on tap!
Edinburgh Beer Factory
Edinburgh Beer Factory is a family-run business that's home to the delicious Paolozzi lager, inspired by the Edinburgh-born ‘Father of Pop Art’, Eduardo Paolozzi.
We love that their packaging features work inspired by the artist, and the beer inside is pretty good too! Their Helles Lager is our preferred pint, and is perfect for Oktoberfest as it's a Munich-style beer.
You can visit their restaurant and bar on Forrest Road to sample their award-winning brews.
We love that Bellfield Brewery has one mission: to create beer that everyone can enjoy. Their Edinburgh-based team are committed to creating beer that is both gluten-free and vegan.
Bellfield recently released their Full Tilt Imperial Radler in collaboration with Vault City, a match made in heaven!
You can visit the Bellfield Brewery Taproom & Garden (and bring your dog!) just off London Road in Abbeyhill.
Hidden Lane Brewery
Hidden Lane Brewery is a fantastic Glasgow-based brewery creating organic beers with deliciously fruity flavours.
Aside from being the first and only organic beer produced in Glasgow, Hidden Lane's brews are vegan friendly and the company is women-led (which we love!)
Their Tropical Ale is a best-seller for a reason; its beautiful juicy notes of citrus and stone fruits are super refreshing. We think it'd make a perfect combination for a shandy with our Cloudy Lemonade.
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