When you think about a beer festival, you normally will think about the Oktoberfest in Munchen. But not only in Bayern you can enjoy a solid beer festival, also Berlin has its own annual international festival to celebrate the existence of the golden drink. This coming weekend, from the 4th till the 6th of August, the International Berlin Beer festival 2017 is organized in the heart of Berlin.
Berliner Bierfestival 2017
The international beer festival in Berlin will be organized for the 21st time this year. This year about 340 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 2km long and this makes it the world’s longest beer garden. It is a real 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 North Rhine Westfalia
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: Beers from North Rhine Westfalia. A full list of all the beers which can be found in the 2017 edition of this festival, can be found here.
No festival without music
There will also be plenty of music on the Berlin Beer Festival 2017. Don´t expect any DJs like the ones in my monthly party-calendar, this festival mostly offers “Deutsche Schlager” and regional bands. That does not mean that you cannot have a good time, especially after you had a few 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 2017, can be found on this page.
My personal review of the beerfestival
I also visited a few of the last Beer festivals in Berlin and really like the concept on itself. If you like to drink beers, you will have a great time here. 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 it is most busy. 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 is quite comfortable, because less people 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, 5th of August, 10.00 – 00.00
Sunday, 6th of August, 10.00 – 22.00