Beer Goggles…On!


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That’s right – it’s October. Which can only mean…Oktoberfest. Can’t it?

Undoubtedly the beer lover’s favourite time of year, Oktoberfest runs from mid-September until early October, a fact that can catch many beer fans unaware.

But don’t worry beer buddies, there’s no reason to get all sore-headed about having missed Oktoberfest! And with that autumn/winter nip chilling the air, there’s even more reason to hole up in a cosy pub and drink a toast to your own smart self.

For those who simply missed out on the festivities in Munich – or for those undergoing ale withdrawal – there are plenty of breweries, pubs and places closer to home worth raising a glass to.

And as I’m the generous sort, I’ve put my beer goggles on and have found some top brew-based picks, north and south of the border, that are well worth a visit.


Set in one of Glasgow’s old Templeton Carpet factory – modelled after the famous Doge’s Palace in Venice – WEST bar, restaurant and brewery is a real find for beer and food fans.

Whether you want to tour the on-site brewery, take home a keg or two, sample special home brews or eat beer-battered fish and chips, this Glasgow gem is the place for you.

The first UK brewery to produce all of its beers in accordance with German Purity Laws – including its very own Oktoberfest brew! – heading to Glasgow with our hotel packages and to WEST brewery could be the closest you’ll get to Munich-quality beers this side of Oktoberfest.


Hang on to your pint glass as Oktoberfest hits the capital throughout October and November. The Bavarian Beerhouses on Old Street and Towerhill will be bringing the famed beer festival to London – with guest performers adding an authentic German flair to the beer celebrations.

So break out those lederhosen and head to London in search of beer festival frolics with our capital hotel packages.

UK Beer Festivals

Ok, so we might not be Munich but Blighty loves its beer – and there are plenty of beer festivals running throughout the year to prove it!

The Campaign for Real Ale lists 11 beer festivals occurring across the UK in November and December – some in stately homes, others in small villages – so it’s not too late to pick your favourite. And no matter where you plan to go, remember to check our hotel packages for the best deals.

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