Here’s a handy guide to the German beers not to be found at Oktoberfest:

Oktoberfest: Try these five delicious styles of German beer. – By Mark Garrison – Slate Magazine.

You know, there is a lot of excellent beer made here in the States. Most of the grocery stores (supermarkets, yeah?) have a wide selection of microbrews (although there do seem to be a disproportionate number of IPAs among them. Nothing against IPA, just… there could be more styles available), so there’s always something to try. But. But. Overall, Europe has better beer. That’s all there is to it.