Oktoberfest beer still a bargain for some

11th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Prices of beer at Oktoberfest may have gone up, but customers from France, Norway and Switzerland will still find the price a major discount.

11 September 2008

BERLIN -- The price of beer at Oktoberfest has gone up, but some of the six million visitors expected to attend the festival this year might still find a reason to toast.

When the first kegs are tapped on Munich's Theresienwiese field on 20 September, the average price for two pints of beer will be EUR 8.13 (CHF 12.9)  up from EUR 7.75 in 2007.

Oktoberfest organisers on Wednesday said the increase is a response to higher production costs, and was agreed to by each of the six breweries that provide beer to the annual celebration of beer.

Beer drinkers from some countries might not even notice, as the increase is small compared with the price rises at home due to skyrocketing grain and transport costs, according to a survey of global beer prices by a human resources firm.

ECA International compared beer prices at Oktoberfest and around the world. It found that Italians at this year's Oktoberfest could be in a particularly festive mood.

"Compared to the price at home, for them almost every third beer is free," the company said in a release.

Customers from France, Norway and Switzerland will find the price a major discount.

Revellers from other countries will be less fortunate.

A big mug of Oktoberfest brew, called a "Mass," will be three times as expensive as the same amount of beer in South Africa, and 20 percent more expensive than in New Zealand.

[AP / Expatica]

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