The eight best beer festivals worth a visit
Beer is one of the favorite alcoholic drinks in the world. Of course, this ancient and respected drink has earned its own international day, which since 2007 began to be celebrated on the first Friday of August. But in fact, this day is just an easy warm-up before a whole series of autumn beer festivals that will take place throughout Europe.
HB Style has gathered eight of the most prominent beer festivals in late summer and early fall in Ukraine and the world, which are worth visiting in 2019.
In the case of Odessa, the quote “If there was a sea of beer” takes on almost direct meaning. In the spa town at the height of the holiday season, more than 300 representatives of private breweries, pubs and beer restaurants from all over Ukraine will present their most delicious beer. What about snacks? For beer, of course, traditional Black Sea gobies and shrimps will be very good, but in fact, a rich food court with a huge variety of dishes will unfold here.
The festival offers an alluring mix of craft beer and vinyl music. This will be the sixth version of the festival. All variety of beer tastes will be offered by more than 60 breweries and home brewers. For comparison, only 25 producers presented their beer at the first festival. Here they listen to vinyl and “sit down on a vinyl needle,” and they drink beer exclusively from glass goblets. And they feed here deliciously and generously, as they can only in Lviv.
A large beer festival, the purpose of which, no, is not to give the guest a drink, but to introduce them to beer culture and give them a taste of craft beer brewed according to original recipes and collected from all over Ukraine. And to a wide variety of beer, the organizers will offer the appropriate food court. The festival will be a real Beer & Food Pairing workshop and help you find the most successful combinations of dishes and products with certain types of beer.
In Transcarpathia, the region’s beer traditions are being restored, initiated by Prince Ferenc Rakotsi II in 1701, by signing a letter on the founding of a brewery in the village of Podgoryan. The festival will not only be drunk – local producers of craft and home-made beer will surprise you with a variety of beers, generous Transcarpathians will not let you leave the festival drunk and hungry: chicken wings, lamb and pork ribs, cold cuts, pickled appetizers, cheeses, dried, smoked and stewed fish, crayfish, grilled vegetables and baked potatoes. Drooling already!
Of course, the British drink beer. Wheat, ginger, spiced beer, herbal beer. The festival annually brings more than 350 varieties of British ale, craft British beer, and, of course, beer from around the world – the most beer regions.
For three September days, Brussels will turn into the European capital of beer. Belgian brewing has an old tradition, like German, British and Slavic, because beer weekend in Brussels is one of the most popular European beer festivals. More than 30 Belgian breweries will present their beer here. Admission to the holiday is free.
Hospitable Munich invites you to – scared to imagine – the 186th Oktoberfest. This is the largest beer festival in the world. In 2014, a record was set at the festival – 7.7 million liters of beer were drunk. By the way, for this beer festival, breweries brew a special Oktoberfest beer, and it is somewhat stronger. They say that one liter mug of that beer in the fortress is equal to eight piles of schnapps. The festival begins with a festive parade – a procession of the owners of the beer pavilions, and the cry “Uncorked!”, Which serves as a signal to start the festival. Every beer lover is simply obliged to drink beer at the famous Oktoberfest at least once in his life, otherwise it does not count!