Foam Party

The Germans, it seems, never need an excuse for a beer. In fact, nobody does—at least if attendance figures at Munich's annual Oktoberfest are anything to go by. With an expected turnout of 6 million beer lovers from all over the globe, the Oktoberfest is one of the world's largest gatherings, and kicks off, for the 171st time, on Sept. 18.

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Known locally as the "Wies'n" (after the Theresienwiese, the open area where the festival is held), Oktoberfest is a convivial debauch that sees the consumption of some 6 million liters of beer, 300,000 pork sausages,...

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