When you think about a beerfestival, you normally will think about the Oktoberfest in München. But lucky enough you can not only enjoy these kind of festival in Bayern, also Berlin has its annual international beerfestival to celebrate the existence of the golden drink. In the first weekend of August, from the 3rd till the 5th to be precise, the International Berlin Beer festival 2018 is organised in the heart of Berlin.
Berliner Bierfestival 2018
The international beer festival in Berlin will be organised for the 22nd time this year. Just like the last couple of years, you can expect an impressive amount of beers: Altogether 344 different breweries from 87 countries are participating in the so called Biermeile. The breweries offer around 2400 different brands and variations of beer from all over the world so if love to drink beer you should definitely visit the Berliner Beerfestival.
World’s Longest Beer Garden
The Berliner Bierfestival will take place in the middle of Berlin, on the Karl Marx Allee to be precise. Already since 1997 this street has been the location where both tourists and Berliners celebrate the existence of beer. The Biermeile is about 2,2 kilometres long and this makes it the world’s longest beer garden. It is actually a Guinness World Record. The longest festival has been divided in over 20 different regions in which the beers in some way fit together. With regions like Bayerisches Biergarten, Internationale Bierspezialitäten and Traditionelle Tschechische Bierkultur you find yourself in a different culture and atmosphere every few hundred meters.
Motto: Beers from the other side of the world
Every year you can taste a range of new beer-types at the International Berliner Bierfestival. Also this year several new types from different regions from all over the world can be bought at the beerfestival. Besides that, every year the beerfestival has its own motto. This year that is: Biere vom anderen Ende der Welt. In this year’s edition there will also be some beers from New-Sealand. A full list of all the beers which can be found in the 2018 edition of this festival, can be found on the official website.
No festival without music
There will also be plenty of music on the Berlin Beer Festival. You should not expect any DJs like the ones in my monthly party-calendar, this festival mostly offers regional bands and German music. That does not mean that you cannot have a good time, especially after you had a few large pints. Some of the bands will play covers that everybody knows and that actually guarantees a great atmosphere. Some of the names who are playing on the Beer Festival 2018, can be found here.
My personal review of the beerfestival
I also visited a few of the last beerfestivals in Berlin and really like the concept on itself. If you like to drink beer, it will be fun to taste new brands and types of beers. The only problem can be, that it can be very crowded. Therefore my advice is not to visit the festival between the hours of 12.00 – 17.00 on Saturday because that is where most tourists will visit the festival. Personally I liked the evening the most: Later at night it is not so busy anymore and you can enjoy some music (see paragraph above). Also the Sunday there will be less people around, because less locals will obviously drink beers when they have to work the next day.
You can easily reach the beerfestival in Berlin using public transport. Use the u5 and get out at one of the following stations: Strausberger Platz, Weberwiese or Frankfurter Tor. In all cases you cannot miss the Bierfestival as soon as you exit the station. As you can see below, you are able to drink beers at the Karl Marx Allee the whole weekend. The entrance is free and the beers cost between 3 and 5 euro (0,5l).
Saturday, 4th of August, 10.00 – 00.00
Sunday, 5th of August, 10.00 – 22.00