October is quickly approaching, and with it come many Oktoberfest celebrations and festivals around the world.

Friendships are often made and accompanied with a nice glass of brew. And whether you like it hoppy, dark, light, a blonde, an amber or a pale ale, at Pen Pals we always say cheers to genuine friendships.

Even though Germany comes to mind when you think of Oktoberfest, did you know that 17 other countries also celebrate this cheerful time to welcome the new season in community?

Today we will explore which countries celebrate Oktoberfest and the type of regional beer consumed.

Argentina

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ABV: 5.0%

Antares  Kölsch has a wide selection of beer. Everything from stouts to ambers and ales.

Have an Antares Kölsch with your best friend or Pen Pal. Enough to enjoy it with an empanada or a cheese board.

Argentina’s Oktoberfest is locally called the National Beer Festival and is celebrated in Villa General Belgrano, Cordoba.

Thanks to a large German, Swiss, and Austrian immigrant surge in the early and mid 1900's, the land of Tango also pays homage to it’s European influence.

Australia

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ABV: 6%

The Paulaner Oktoberfestbier has a honey, malt and flowery aroma that will keep you coming back to the land down under.

Australia also hosts a large celebration during Oktoberfest, especially in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Cheers, mate!

Brazil

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ABV:5.6%

Enjoy a light and crisp Bohemian Weiss beer next time you visit Brazil. Pair up your friendships with this light beer and a Churrasco.

Oktoberfest in Brazil attracts close to a million people from all over the world. The southern part of Brazil has a large German and Austrian tradition.

Saúde, amiga.

Canada

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ABV:5.5%

If maltiness and smoothness is your glass of brew, this Märzen style beer from Anderson Craft Ales packs just the right puch.

Kitchener, Ontario is the center for Oktoberfest celebrations in Canada. So much so that the city was called Town of Berlin from 1854-1912.

Chile

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ABV: 7.5%

Full-bodied with a hint of vanilla and coffee, the Doppel-Bock from Kuntsmann beer company might be the kind of treat in a glass you need.

Located toward the center of Chile, the Malloco Festival in Malloco, Chile has one of the largest celebrations of Oktoberfest in South America. Festival visitors can expect a wide array of Chilean and foreign beers.

¡Salud, Amigos!

China

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ABV:5.6%

As its straw color might point out, this sour Berliner Weisse has a peachy flavor. Sweeten your visit to China, or 干杯 (Cheers) with your friends, with the Lychee Xanadu from Jing A Brewing Company.

The largest Oktoberfest celebration is the Qingdao International Beer Festival. The event, which happens from July 20th through August 26th, attracts up to 4 million people.

Even though the event started in 1991 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the city of Qingdao, the celebration never gets old.

Wherever you find yourself, have a beer with your friend or Pen Pal. You don't have to travel to Germany to welcome the new season with cheer and optimism.