The Oktoberfest isn't a cheap outing but it is generally once in a lifetime. Beer prices have steadily risen since the 1970s and it's no surprise that after a two year hiatus, that prices are at an all time high. Perhaps that's fair enough but sadly, even though you pay for a Mass (a full liter), your rarely receive one.
Zoigl is more of a beer culture than a style. While largely confined to a few select areas in northern Bavaria, there is one very interesting example in the Allgäu region. Kaubeuren Zoigl Ludwigstrasse 47 has all the right ingredients and is well worth exploring if in the area.
Andechs is one of the premier beer hiking destinations in Bavaria. With a lush forest, hilltop monastery, brewing monks and some great views of the Alps, it's tough to top. Mix in the amazing beer and food and it's beer nirvana.
Munich is not just a place to see, it's a one to experience. To full savor the delights of the Bavarian capital, its best to do it with a local. Learn about about the best beers and foods to try with Beer Hiking Bavaria author Rich Carbonara, founder of Beerwanderers. Get off the bus and feel the earth move under your feet.
Not far from Munich, Kloster Irsee is a great off the beaten path beer destination and walking there gives you views of the Alps and the Bavarian countryside.
Irseer Kloster-Urtrunk is a marvelous mix of hops and malt with some fine fruitiness thrown in. It's a beer worth the Pilgrim's walk.