Girls sitting at the Devils wheel on the Oktoberfest 2014 Teufelsrad... News Photo
The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors.
Police recorded a drop in crime this year to 1,290 offences, down from 1,525 in 2013.
The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season.
Munich Oktoberfest preview A couple enjoy a spin over the Oktoberfest grounds.
Munichs mayor Christian Ude launches the Oktoberfest at 12.
This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.