Giant beer bottles such as this one by Russian brand Bajithka indicated from afar the 15th edition of the festival, held along a 2km corridor on the former East Berlin boulevard of Karl-Marx Allee.
Wooden puppets adorned the booth of Slovakian brand Zlaty Brazant; the country has a long tradition of traditional puppetry and beer making.
Grimbergen's abbey origins were hammered home by habit-clad servers; originating from Belgium, the beer is now brewed commercially there and in France.
.. and India, complete with a plastic coconut tree prop. But hang on, this beer (pronounced 'yogi') is actually brewed in Brandenburg, outside Berlin!
In any case, what would a beer fest be without Bavarian beer and a traditional blue-and-white Oktoberfest beer tent?
Let's not forget beer gardens like this one set up by 450-year-old black lager producer Köstritzer. Though these patrons didn't look thrilled to be photographed – gulp!
I tried hard to not take any it-takes-girls-to-sell-alcohol photos. But not when they were dressed in such pretty costumes like this Russian one ..
In priming myself for Munich’s Oktoberfest, I decided to first check out the Internationales Berliner Bierfestival (International Berlin Beer Festival), held in Berlin a month beforehand. Chickening out of dealing with drunken crowds, I went at 1pm and had a peaceful stroll while drinking in the atmosphere.