The Top Beer Drinking Festivals in Europe
For all beer lovers what better holiday adventure than to sample Europe’s best selection of tasty beers in some of it’s finest cities. The grand contenders in the latest beer adventure playgrounds are Germany, Czech Republic and London which are easily reached by low cost airlines from most European cities. Don’t miss the chance to taste the best beer these historic cities have to offer. Just leave the car at home.
Welcome to Oktoberfest in Germany
Munich is a wonderful place apart from the exciting 16 day beer festival known as Oktoberfest. The cultural appeal of Munich, Bavaria, Germany will enchant you as the beer seduces. Oktoberfest starts in late September and generally runs until the first weekend in October. It is the largest fair in the world and boasts more than 6 million visitors each year. Almost 7 million litres of Marzen and Vienna lager were consumed there in 2007. The Oktoberfest beer is typically brewed in March and left during the summer to ferment slowly for this momentous occasion.
It is not just tasty beers that are offered at Oktoberfest but also a wide range of traditional Bavarian food such as Schweinebraten (roast pork), grilled ham hock called “Schweinshaxe”, Sauerkraut (red cabbage) and Obatzda, a spicy cheese-butter spread considered a delicacy. Read more: Oktoberfest.
Sample Fine Beer at the Czech Beer Festival
The Czech beer festival is an enviable opportunity to not only sample a wide range of beer (more than 70 brands) from top Czech breweries but also to savour the scrumptious cuisine from top chefs, butchers and bakers. Around 200 men and women in Czech national costume are the servers at the event giving an air of authenticity to this amazing event, which will celebrate its 6th year in 2013. Live music is also provided guaranteeing a lively atmosphere as well as the use of exclusive currency known as the “Tolar” to help speed up your transactions. The event last around 2 weeks and usually runs May-June. Read more: Czech Beer Festival.
Good Old London Beer on Tap
The Great British Beer Festival or GBBF has been going since 1977 when it was first held at Alexandra Palace in north London. It later moved to Olympia, then spent five years at Earls Court during 2006 and 2011. It has now settled back at Olympia. Known as Britain’s “Biggest Pub,” the Great British Beer Festival serves more than 800 different kinds of real ale, cider and foreign beers to an expected 50,000 thirsty patrons. In 2006 it was estimated that 66,000 people consumed over 350,000 pints of beer.
The event lasts for six days and will start on the 7th August in 2013. The first day of the event is usually reserved for press but the other afternoons and evenings are open to the public up until 12am during which time customers will also enjoy a range of pub grub, games and live music. The Champion Beer of Britain award is announced during the opening day.
The event is staffed entirely by volunteers serving the best of British cider and perry along with beers from the USA, Germany and Belgium. Read more: Great British Beer Festival.
Why Not Drink the Lot?
As you can see the events are spread across the year so you could, holiday time permitting, visit all of them. Low cost air travel is available to and from most European cities.
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