16 September 2017

Things I Love in Berlin: The Berlin Beer Festival

There are plenty of festivals and other events in Berlin, especially during the summer, when the weather is relatively good. One of them is the Berlin Beer Festival, which according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the longest beer garden in the world. It happens during a weekend in August, in the eastern part of the city, in a stretch of a road that spans 3 metro stations. If you are a beer fan, then this place is something to visit for you.

More than one hundred breweries come down and showcase their beers. There is actually a specialized 0.2 liter glass mug just for the event, so that you can try out several different types without actually drinking too much of one type. There is a large showing of German beers of course, but there are also plenty of other international beers. And yes, there's not only beers, but also festival food. So it can be some interesting thing to do during a weekend.

I've been to this event twice now, the first time was two years ago, and again this year. To be honest it is not really my thing, since I do enjoy beer but I don't really like the crowd that comes with it. However, it is also a venue to discover new things, like beer from Estonia, or beer from Iceland, or beer from Laos. At least it gives me ideas about what is out there that is available. And of course if you have friends who want to walk along a long beer garden while sampling several different types of the drink, then this is the optimal place to go to.

4 comments:

  1. I never developed a taste for beer (or wine, or any alcoholic beverage) but I like the idea of sampling. Plus, just looking at the bottles and labels could be fun.

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    1. Zhu,

      I also don't feel too enthusiastic for any alcoholic beverage. I drink beer and wine but am not a very intense fan of neither. That said, I do like events where you can sample different types, just to see how much variation is possible.

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  2. What is the different between berlin festival and Oktoberfest in Munchen? 2 years ago I travelled to Munich just for the sake of Octoberfest (Although, I don't drink Beer) :))

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    1. Ceritasikiky,

      Oktoberfest is way bigger of an event, and it is more traditional. It focuses more on local beers, and it is an event where the focus is on drinking and getting drunk. The smaller Berlin Beer Festival is more about getting to know beers from other parts of the world.

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