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You've heard of Munich's Oktoberfest, where thousands of guzzlers converge to finish millions of gallons of beer. If your idea of a good time has everything to do with alcohol, then mark these events in your calendar.
New Orleans' Tales of the Cocktail (July 23-24 )
Launched in 2003, Tales is the world's largest cocktail festival, attracting more than 16, 000 bartenders, bloggers, hacks and enthusiasts from around the globe for five days of drinking, tastings, dinner and debates. Here you can learn about the merits of different shaking techniques and the physics of Champagne flutes. New Orleans is a natural home for Tales. The relaxed licensing laws are a key factor - many bars provide 'go-cups' for cocktails;drinking in the street is legal;there's even a drivethrough daiquiri service. There's also the Museum of the American Cocktail, a slightly dusty collection of drinks memorabilia ranging from 18th-century glassware and vintage cocktail books to antique ice picks and gaudy tiki mugs.
The Great British Beer Festival (Aug 2-6 )
Not to be left behind when it comes to drinking, the United Kingdom has its fair share of alcohol related festivals and fetes, the biggest of them all being the GBBF. Offering up an amazing selection of over 450 real British cask ales for sampling, this really is a treat for the beer connoisseurs. In fact, it's Britain's biggest beer festival.
Edinburgh Whisky Festival (Aug 6-7 )
If you think the Edinburgh Fringe is great fun, then you haven't experienced Whisky Fringe yet. Described as 'whisky heaven', tickets for last year's event sold out within seven minutes, so those who appreciate a quality 'dram of scotch' should book early to sample the offerings of a wide variety of distillers and bottlers. It's a real meeting place for whisky fans, so expect to make new friends.
Reto Tequila (Tequila Challenge), Tequila, Jalisco (Sept 15)
Made from cactus, Mexico's gift to the world, tequila is synonymous with wild parties and the worst hangovers. So if you love the way the shots line up against each other at the bar, try your hand at pouring it. The current record for the most tequila shots served in 15 minutes stands at 507. Even better, the tequila shots are free for all who want to participate.
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