Oktoberfest Beer -- Not Just From Germany Anymore

As you may know, we're in the middle of Oktoberfest, the annual festival in Munich that celebrates food and -- of course -- beer. So, instead of reaching for Bud, Coors, or Miller after a hard day, why not branch out a little and try a more exotic brew?

Imported beer suggestions are listed alphabetically by country below. You obviously don't want to try them all at once, but they'll hopefully provide some inspiration the next time you want a cold one. (Or you can just fly to Munich before October 4.)


Amsterdam: Amstel Light. This pale lager is, as the commercial puts it, "One Dam Good Bier." You'll like it because: It's light AND a legal way to experience Amsterdam in the comfort of your own home.

Australia: Foster's. You've undoubtedly seen the commercials -- "Fosters. It's Australian for beer." You'll like it because: It's a malty lager comparable to popular American beers.

Belgium: Stella Artois. This pale lager is sometimes served in its own chalice. You'll like it because: It is no longer "Reassuringly Expensive."

Costa Rica: Imperial Cerveza. You can't swing a dead cat in San Jose without running into this beer (or at the airport without finding an American tourist in a t-shirt emblazoned with this beer's slogan). You'll like it because: It's crisp and easily drinkable.

Czech Republic: Pilsner Urquell. Another pilsner. You'll like it because: You should be able to detect the aromas of fresh baguette, earthy hops, and honeysuckle.

England: Newcastle, Old Speckled Hen, Bass. There are plenty of English ales to choose from -- including a brown ale, an English ale, and a pale ale, respectively. You'll like them because: Some breweries have been around for hundreds of years so they've had plenty of time to perfect their craft. It's also a chance to sample a darker beer.

Germany: Heineken, Hofbrau Munchen Hefeweizen, Spaten. Ditto Germany, where you'll find pale lagers and wheat beers, among others. You'll like them because: There's so much variety.

Ireland: Guinness. It's the dry stout synonymous with Dublin. You'll like it because: There's nothing else like it anywhere else in the world. Warning: It's thick. But, if your bartender is nice, he or she may leave a shamrock in the foam.

Japan: Sapporo. This European-style lager has some hints of citrus. You'll like it because: It comes in a generous can.

Mexico: Corona, Dos Equis, Tecate. Like England and Germany, Mexico has multiple offerings in the lager arena. You'll like them because: You can drink them with limes.

Tahiti: Hinano Tahitian Premium. This lager has been likened to Spaten and Heineken. You'll like it because: You're an expert on German beers by now.

What's your favorite imported beer?

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