With only one month before the annual Octoberfest kicks off, I thought we should warm up with a trip to the local drink market. Whether you are a beer enthusiast or not, going to the drink market can be a Munich cultural experience in itself. First of all, it’s not like buying beer in the US, where you pick it up at the supermarket. This is not one-stop shopping. Getranke Markets offer only drinks, and almost all of it beer. They are in every neighborhood in Munich, and they are often packed and overflowing with beer. The photo shows some of the big names around Munich, but you will also find quite a few obscure local breweries. I make a habit of going in with my granny cart, and picking 1-2 of just about everything I can find. It's amazing because each of these huge beers are generally about 70 cents. It’s a great way to experiment and learn more about the local brews. By now, the owners love it, and often throw in one or two extras for me.