Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

In Pictures: Oktoberfest 2012 sees 14.6 million pints downed

Oktoberfest - the world's biggest beer festival 2012 gallery

More than six million guests from around the world have descended on the beer tents of Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Munich's famed celebration saw visitors down an estimated 6.9 million litre mugs of Bavarian brew - some 14.6 million pints.

Organisers said they were satisfied with this year's event, which opened on September 22 and ends on Sunday - although visitor numbers were lower than last year.

Festival director Dieter Reiter says that is because the festival grounds were reduced to accommodate an agricultural fair which takes place every four years. In 2011, the Oktoberfest drew some 6.9 million visitors, who downed well over seven million litres.

Last year's visitors consumed almost 8 million two-pint mugs of beer.

This year a mug, called a Mass in German, sells at up to 9.50 euro (£7.60).

German authorities are keeping security tight around the fairgrounds which accommodate hundreds of thousands of people at a time, although, they say, no concrete threat exists.

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