If you love German beer and have always wanted to see Berlin, let us give you the perfect excuse for a summer road trip! One of Germany's biggest beer events, the Berlin Beer Festivals, takes place every August, drawing beer and music and beer enthusiasts from all over Europe. If you're considering this event, we've got all the details and some tips on how get in and out like a festival pro.
The theme this year at the Berlin Beer festival is “500 Years of German Purity Law” and if you love German beer, this law is no doubt one of the reasons why. Reinheitsgebot, dictates that only water, barley and hops can be used in the production of beer brewed in Germany. First introduced in Bavaria in 1516, the order was implemented to prevent price competition between brewers and bakers for wheat and rye to ensure that bread remained affordable. The law also improved the quality of ales by greatly eliminating widely used preservatives that often contaminated the ale, such as soot, stinging nettle and henbane. The Darwinian effect German Beer Purity Law has had on the clean, crisp and honest flavors of German beer is now appreciated by beer connoisseurs world-wide.
To help you find your way around the Berlin Beer Festival without missing any of the 340 breweries, a map is included with entry. The map gives you a great overview and will be an invaluable tool in helping you navigate the longest beer garden in the world and planning a food and beer crawl of epic proportions. If you want to do it like a pro, for a few Euro’s extra, get the festival kit as soon as you get inside either entrance gate. The kit includes a tasting glass and neck strap, which is the prefect size for sampling lots of different beer and keeping your hands free for all the tasty fest food. The kit will also entitle you to discount pricing at many of the booths.
The beer festival is divided into 22 geographical beers regions featuring over 2000 different beers. These locations will focus primarily on Germany but there will be offerings from the international beer scene like Vietnam and Japan this year. Twenty different music scenes will be set along Karl Marx Alle, with live bands performing traditional German music, contributing to the atmosphere of a typical German folk festival.
If beer, music, festivals and fun are your thing, be sure to check out our Berlin Beer Festival Trip. This overnight tour package will get you there and back for the weekend for just €229 and includes transportation, hotel, breakfast, beer festival, Berlin city tour and tour guide. We can’t wait to see you in Berlin! Click here for full details.