As avid travelers, beer enthusiasts, and all around havers of fun times, we love ourselves a good beer festival. The latest issue of Prostly zeroes in on one country in particularly, the land of beer festivals to which all others strive to live up to: Germany.

While the evolution of craft beer is playing out worldwide, there’s something comforting, in a nostalgic kind of way, about partaking in an event so rooted in tradition and custom. Gone are the subjective opinions about what’s ‘good’ craft beer and the all too often judgemental tone accompanying it. Instead, everyone is just happy as hell to be celebrating a drink they love with friends and family – and hundreds of thousands of strangers.

Despite Oktoberfest’s notoriety, there are so many alternative German beer festivals also worthy of your time. All throughout Germany, at nearly every time of the year, there’s a beer festival happening – as you can see from our German beer festivals guide and infographic.

But if Oktoberfest is the end-all-be-all for you, we also have a feature on the world’s largest beer festival for you to acquaint yourself with. We’ve been making the journey to Munich year after year, and we’re giving you a glimpse of the grounds and beer tents at Oktoberfest.

Flying under the radar, Stuttgart’s Cannstatter Volksfest is held around the same time as Oktoberfest, about 200 kilometres from Munich. It’s got everything we love in a good beer festival: hearty food, litres of beer, and carnival rides that are best enjoyed before hitting up the beer tents. Oh, and with over four million attendees each year, it’s the second largest beer festival in the world.

That about does it for our latest edition of Prostly. We love sharing our travel and beer stories each month, and if you do too – let us know. We’re always eager to connect with globetrotting beer drinkers over a pint – IRL or virtually. If you want to get Prostly’s monthly edition in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter!