'Tis the season for an Oktoberfest edition of your favorite brew. For years, Germany's celebration of all things beer has influenced brewing culture here in the U.S. But recently, the reverse is happening. American variations are pouring into beer's European heartland.
San Diego's Stone Brewing is the first American brewery to open in Europe. Known for its aggressively hoppy IPAs, the Southern California company wants to introduce Germans to a world beyond their traditional lagers and pilsners.
"Today we have just a cornucopia of choices that we have now literally taken for granted," said Stone co-founder and chairman Greg Koch.
Berlin has come catching up to do.
Walk inside any grocery store in Berlin, and there's only a small fraction of the beers we have in the United States.