The city of Munich broke the news on Wednesday that beer prices at this year’s upcoming Oktoberfest — September 22 through October 7 — will be seeing a higher than expected price increase with the average cost for a one-liter mug crossing the €11 mark for the first time.
In 2018, the average price of a one-liter beer will increase by 3.75-percent, costing visitors anywhere from €10.70 to €11.50. Last year, the price for the same beer ranged between €10.60 to €10.95.
While each individual tent is allowed to set their own prices, all but three opted to raise prices above €11, citing steep tax increases for the event this year. A new tax was introduced at last year’s Oktoberfest to help cover the costs of keeping the festival secure from terror threats, but with that one tax alone increasing by 53-percent in 2018, tent owners have little choice but to increase their own prices.
There’s one piece of good news to come out of the Oktoberfest pricing announcement though. Visitors opting to skip the beer will find that pricing on most non-alcoholic beverages have decreased this year as the fest hopes to make itself more friendly to families.