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Oktoberfest: The world's biggest beer party starts

The beer is once again flowing in Munich as this year's Oktoberfest kicked off in the Bavarian capital. The beloved German beer feast is the world's largest beer festival.

Visitors toast with their one-liter beer mugs. Credit: Reuters

The festival is held annually in Munich, with many local breweries hosting huge parties. Beer is traditionally served in one-liter glasses served by men and women wearing traditional Bavarian costumes.

Visitors enjoy a beer during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest. Credit: Reuters

The 16-day festival runs until the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending.

People enjoy the opening day of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. Credit: PA Wire

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Iron Maiden beer has sold 3.5 million pints

Iron Maiden have launched their own beer and named it after one of their most popular songs. Credit: APEGA/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The Iron Maiden craft ale Trooper has sold 3.5 million pints - and its brewers claim its the most exported British ale - without a penny being spent on marketing.

In 2012, brewers Robinson’s teamed up with the heavy metal group to brew a beer named after one of the band’s best known songs.

Pubs face beer shortage as workers set to strike

Beer could be in short supply tomorrow as delivery workers are set to strike Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/

Workers who deliver beer, lager and soft drinks to pubs, clubs - and Downing Street - will stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow in a row over jobs.

Unite said the walkout by its members at Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) from 10am would cause "significant disruption" to thousands of sites.

Pubs, clubs, airports, theatres, mainline railway stations, football grounds and Parliament will all be hit, said Unite.

KNDL said it had contingency plans and would seek to minimise disruption to deliveries.

The firm added it had been consulting employees for a number of years over the need to adapt its business model.

Picket lines will be mounted at depots across the country.

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Boyband Hanson launch Mmmhops beer

Hanson have launched their own beer Mmmhops.

Boyband Hanson have launched their own beer, with proceeds of related merchandise being donated to victims of the devastating tornado in their home state of Oklahoma.

The brew, called Mmmhops in tribute to their hit single Mmmbop, has been unveiled in celebration of the band's 21st anniversary together.

The trio are set to release their sixth album, Anthem, later this month followed by a tour.

TaxPayer's Alliance: Brits 'pay 40 per cent of EU tax bill'

The TaxPayer's Alliance is calling for a freeze on the Beer Duty Escalator.

They say that despite only drinking 13 per cent of the EU's beer, Britons pay 40 per cent of the tax bill.

  • In 2008 the Government made a commitment to above-inflation duty increases on beer
  • Since then, while duty has increased by 42%, revenue has only increased by 12%
  • High taxes make your drinks more expensive, with tax often constituting a third of the price of a pint
  • In the last 4 years, 5,800 pubs have closed and 60,000 jobs have been lost
  • Beer is already taxed more in the UK than almost every other country in Europe

Source: TaxPayer's Alliance

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