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/ -- Who says you have to be in Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest? Many airports now feature microbreweries and brewpubs where thirsty travelers can find a cold pilsner, lager or ale as we head into fall. The travel experts at, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have compiled a list of the Top airports to celebrate Oktoberfest to help you find a frosty pint while transiting some of the world's busiest terminals.

In honor of Oktoberfest, here are five of our favorite airports to raise a glass:

  • San Diego International Airport, San Diego, California - California is one of the top craft brew hot spots, and Cali-based Stone Brewing is producing some of the most delicious and top-rated beverages on the map. Enjoy the farm-to-table food menu and a variety of beer selections at its airport location.
    Location: Terminal 2
    Drink this: Try out the Stone IPA, the definition of a reliable Indian Pale Ale with a crisp, hoppy finish.
  • Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Germany - If you've got some extra time in the Frankfurt Airport, you're in luck. There will be Oktoberfest celebrations happening right in the airport for the next three weeks. Enjoy live music, drink up at a traditional beer tent and snack on giant soft pretzels -- all before takeoff. Doesn't get much better (or more festive) than that.
    Location: Pier Z, Terminal 2
    Drink this: Enjoy a liter of fresh beer from the tapped keg right in the terminal.
  • Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado - The Denver airport has its share of tap houses where you can while (and drink) away the hours before your flight. If you want the true Colorado beer experience, make your way to the New Belgium Hub, which boasts artfully crafted beers designed for drinkability. New Belgium keeps winning awards for its microbrews, so you should probably find out why. For research purposes, of course. The Denver airport has also been known to throw their own Oktoberfest shenanigans (for the past two years a "Beer Flights" beer garden has popped up to celebrate the season), so be on the lookout when wandering the main terminal in case they kick off celebrations again this year.
    Location: B Gates
    Drink this: Sip on the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale, a unique beer inspired by centuries-old Belgian style.
  • Sydney Airport, Sydney, Australia - If you find yourself in the land down under, make a pit stop at Coopers Ale House, which received the International Airport Bar of the Year at the 2014 World FAB Awards. The shabby chic airport pub designed out of recycled timber offers original Australian beers in a variety of styles.
    Location: T1
    Drink this: Order a Best Extra Stout for rich flavor and a punchy finish.
  • Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada - Canada has increasingly embraced its craft-brewed culture and, if you are passing through Toronto's Pearson International Airport, you can sample some of the results at Mill Street Brewery. Although the brewery has grown to include locations all over Canada, including this airport brewpub, it started in 2002 as a local operation Toronto's Distillery District.
    Location: Terminal One near gate D20.
    Drink this: Try the seasonal German-style Marzen brew, a malty lager aptly named Oktoberfest, and forget the fact that you're an ocean away from the real event.

Whether you're thirsting for a Hazelnut Brown Nectar (at Portland International Airport), want to try a Jai Alai I.P.A. (available at Tampa International), have a hankering for a classic pretzel and Bavarian brew (head to the source at Munich International) or are ready to reset your body clock with refreshing quaff in Japan (available anytime day or night at Tokyo International), airports are perfect places to explore the world of beer. To find a place that's pouring this October, visit's Top airports to celebrate Oktoberfest at

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