When you talking about a German beer-festival, most people will directly think about the famous Oktoberfest in München. Not many people know that Berlin also has its annual beer-festival. It’s called the Berliner Bierfestival and although it’s quite different than the Oktoberfest people from all over the world come to be part of it every year. In 2019 the Berliner beer-festival will take place in the weekend of the 3rd of August. For three days it’s all about the golden drink which we all love so much. On average, German people drink more than 100 liters of beer every year.
Berliner Bierfestival 2019
The international beer-festival in Berlin will be organised for the 23rd time this year. Just like the last couple of years, you can expect an impressive amount of beers: Altogether over 350 different breweries from 87 countries are participating in the so called Beerfest. 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 beer-festival.
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 locals 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 beer-festival has been divided in over 20 different regions: This enables the visitors to visit a specific area because they like the beers from that country/area. 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: Beer-Summer in the middle of Berlin
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 beer-festival. Besides that, every year the beer-festival has its own motto. This year that is: Biersommer im Herzen von Berlin. 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. This music fits the atmosphere and style of the Berliner beer-festival very well. After a few pints of beer you will have a great time with live-music and it’s a great thing that some of the bands only focus on famous covers.
Review of the beer-festival
I also visited a few of the last beer-festivals 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 that 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 beer-festival in Berlin using public transport. Use the u5 and get out at one of the following stations: Strausberger Platz, Weberwiese or Frankfurter Tor. When you get out of the train-station it will not be hard to spot the beer-festival. The entrance is free and the beers cost between 3 and 5 euro (half a liter).
The opening-times of the beer-festival of 2019:
Friday, 2nd of August: 12.00 – 00.00
Saturday, 3rd of August, 10.00 – 00.00
Sunday, 4th of August, 10.00 – 22.00