There is no doubt that beer is best served in a cheerful company. And the more it is, the better. Fans of this popular foam drink arrange the most real festivals, where they give a lot of honors to beer. On these large-scale festivities, various companies present their varieties, there are not only tastings, but also competitions and other events on this subject.
Love for beer is so great that such festivals are held in almost all countries where its production and use is developed. The most famous holiday is the Oktoberfest, held in Germany, where 91% of men and 67% of women regularly drink beer.
But other countries can boast of their famous beer festivals. And who said that beer is only drunk in the summer or in the fall? In the beer calendar to pay tribute to this foamy drink begins in January, and the series of festivals ends in November!
This is not just the largest beer festival, but also the biggest folk festival in the world. The event in Munich is visited annually by about 6 million people who drink here an average of a liter of beer per person. For the first time the festival was held on October 12, 1810 in the form of five-day national celebrations in honor of the wedding of the Bavarian prince Ludwig I. The venue where the celebrations took place was named after the bride-the meadow of Theresa. Its area was 41 hectares. And the festival begins on the last Saturday of September and ends on the first Sunday in October. If the end falls on the first days of the month, then the holiday can extend until October 3, because then the day of German unification is celebrated. I must say that such a time for the festival is not chosen by chance, because historically in these days in Munich is warm and sunny weather. The script of the festival has long been defined and for the past 180 years has not changed. Everything begins with processions through the streets of the city, in this parade even the highest Bavarian officials participate. From the twelve volleys on the meadow of Theresa begins the holiday itself. At this time, a plug from the beer barrel is knocked out, which serves as a signal for the beginning of abundant use of beer. And ends every day of the festival strictly at 22-30. I must say that the regulations are rather strict with respect to drinks. On Oktoberfest it is allowed to pour only the beer that is cooked according to medieval rules. The foaming beverage is usually poured into liter mugs. Its average price has recently been 9.5 euros. Beer here can be drunk, how much common sense will tell, but smoking on the territory of Oktoberfest is prohibited.
This German celebration is also called the People’s Holiday. This is the second largest festival in the world. After all, more than four million people come here. It is considered a more lightweight and family option of the same Oktoberfest. And Volksfest appeared from the agricultural fair, which was founded near Nuremberg in 1818. The region had to be lifted from the decay to which it came after the Napoleonic wars, and then the epidemic of the plague. This festival was only 8 years younger than its Munich neighbor. However, in this case the beer festival in Stuttgart is subject to strict traditions and rituals. The festival also takes place in late September-early October. It opens exactly at 11 am, when the beer barrel opens the Lord Mayor. In the framework of large-scale celebrations, not only drink beer, but demonstrate crafts, a carnival and numerous competitions are held. The symbol of the festival and at the same time the main reference point for guests is a huge column of fruits, reaching 26 meters. This colossus is installed in the central square. And the tents here occupy 16 hectares, they are devoted to different subjects, cuisine and style of decoration. To reserve here a table or even a place on the lava, you should apply for a few months. In each pavilion there is a stage where music constantly plays.
In early September, for three days from Friday to Sunday in the Czech Pilsen, this festival is held. It is the largest in the country. With German giants, of course, do not compare – every year here about 60 thousand people gather. This festival is a kind of birthday of the local brewery Plzeňské Prazdroj, which has now turned 170 years old. Czechs enjoy Pilsner beer with pleasure, the most popular variety here is Pilsner Urquell. And all this is accompanied by an entertainment program. At the festival there are musical groups, as well as a park for extreme sports. Here in general, the competition for non-traditional sports is in high esteem. And their master classes are conducted by a real professional in pouring beer into glasses. Authors’ readings work at the festival, and a concert of organ music is held in the local church these days. But all this is not so popular among festival guests, rather than drinking a “free barrel”. Also inside the Pilsner Fest there is also the Gastrofest sub-festival, dedicated to the national Czech cuisine. It should be noted that amusing records are regularly placed at this beer festival. For example, one day most people at the same time drank beer from plastic cups.
Beer weekend in Belgium.
And this event takes place on the first weekend of September. It takes the Grand Place Park, which is in Belgian Brussels. The organizers of this festival are local beer associations and city authorities. The festival has already become traditional, having a 15-year history. The festival opens on Friday evenings, and the solemn part – the procession of beer carts along city streets, is held already on Saturday morning. The ceremony is accompanied by a brewer’s parade and tasting of the same beverage, to which the action is dedicated. The main drink here – the camp, although there is also an exotic. So, at the festival you can find beer, brewed even according to ancient monastic recipes. Also here are the cherry varieties Kriek, crimson Frambinos. In total, about fifty beer producers participate in the festival. It is curious that at the holiday the usual currency is the euro, it is not welcomed. It is here converted into a local – simple covers from beer. The course will not let you get confused – for one euro they give one lid. And the most expensive beer here does not cost more than three lids. Visitors to the beer-garden weekend like to brag about each other with the number of tasted varieties.
London’s big beer festival.
It’s easy to understand from the title where this August event takes place. It is organized by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The festival hosts the local exhibition center Olympia Exhibition Center Hammersmith Road, which for this has received the mocking nickname of the largest pub in the world. The event was held for the first time in 1975, since then real ale annually reaches 70 thousand people. The emblem of the festival is unusual, as for the European capital – the Sumerian goddess Ninkashi. The fact is that she was considered the patroness of brewing in the Sumerian kingdom. At this beer festival, guests use mainly cider, ale, ginger and wheat beer. In total, there are about three hundred local varieties and another as many foreign ones. But in the program of the festival, not only the tasting of the drink, in the entertainment part there are contests, including the ancient drinking song, live music, table football. There are amusement rides and expert tasters conduct their master classes. The winner receives the honorary title “Beer Champion”. There are not afraid to break the glasses, because it only causes the joy and applause of the others present.
Great American beer festival.
Americans also love beer and spend their festival in Denver in honor of this drink. The event in the state of Colorado was not accidentally received the prefix “The Great”. After all, there are the most varieties of beer.It is not by chance that the slogan is the slogan: “Here you will find everything you want.” At the festival, not only American products are presented, but also imported varieties. Particular attention is paid to Czech and German varieties. In total, more than three hundred brewing brands take part in the famous festival, more than twenty thousand people flock here every year. And the event is being held in October for over 30 years now. And the venue of the festival is chosen not casually – in fact nearby in Golden there is the biggest brewery in the world “Adolf Course of the Company”. More than 2.5 billion liters of beer are produced annually. It should be noted that the festival is held with true American pomposity, with contests, concerts, parade and even fireworks.
Chinese beer festival.
This event is held in Qingdao, China. This place is one of the most beautiful resorts of the country, immediately there is a large port, the fifth largest in China. Since 1991, the largest beer festival in Asia began to be held here. It starts in the second weekend of August, and lasts for two weeks. Even in the XIX century, Qingdao was a German concession, this city was called behind the scenes even by “Eastern Switzerland”. German colonists were no more, but in memory of them the Chinese received a Lutheran church and a beer factory, which has now become a museum. Local beer “Qingdao” is brewed according to the original German traditions. The drink is characterized by a mild taste, thanks to the local water. It is no coincidence that this beer is one of the most popular in Asia. Every year tens of thousands of tourists come to the festival. They are attracted not only cheap beer, it is worth about a dollar for a bottle. The festival is a bright event with concerts, fireworks and its own beaches. And it passes in a special built for this beer city, where the entrance is free. During the festival, the most popular Chinese toast “Gan Bee” here constantly sounds, which literally means “bottoms up!”.
Beer Festival in Peterborough.
This festival is the second largest in England. In a small town in the east of the country every year at the end of August, more than 40 thousand people gather. As a result, the population of Peterborough for some 5 days increases to 200 thousand. All major world beers are represented here, each of them has its own dedicated tent. The festival pleases and a fairly large menu. After all, you can try not only beer, but also apple, pear cider. Everywhere live music sounds, and every year there is also a new collection of exclusive glasses. The place where the festival is held is in fact a separate town, because there is even a post with a hospital and even its own service of saving drowning people. There is a sweat where – over 350 species of ale are represented at the festival. For the best sorts of guests vote, after which the champion is determined or the Best New Brewery. This winner is obliged to treat all guests of the festival with a new variety the next year. This festival is already 35 years old, and it was organized by the same company CAMRA. There are also rules of survival in the conditions of a continuous festival – do not forget to eat, drink water, wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
The beer mile.
This festival is held since 1996, it will take the first August weekend. The beer mile is one of the brightest and large-scale holidays dedicated to a foamy drink. His company “Present” and “Union of private breweries of Germany” arrange it. The territory of the holiday was divided into 21 beer regions. Visitors here are free to enter, but it is recommended to buy a 200 ml mug with the logo of the event, it costs 3.5 euros. But thanks to such a small amount you can try many different types of beer. For each “test” will have to give from 1.5 to 2 euros. The festival is held along the avenue of Karl Marx, first for a mile, and now at a distance of 1600-2200 meters.There are different tents and pavilions along the pedestrian zone, where you can not only taste different varieties, but also try nuts, pretzels, sausages, sausages and other national dishes. And through every hundred meters there are scenes where live music is playing. For three whole days German national motifs, rock’n’roll and modern pop music are heard at the festival. And how at such a merry event, and without folk dances? This festival has a relatively small history, but it is visited by more than 750 thousand people. Its products are represented by more than 300 breweries from 86 countries. Here you can try more than two thousand varieties of beer, including from local breweries, whose product simply can not be found on the shelves of large stores. And the leading festival is the legendary beer king Gambrinus. It is he who announces all significant events and records. For example, in 2011, the total length of the tables set a record of 2200 meters.
Many beer festivals are associated with Bavaria. But not only one Oktoberfest is famous for it. A holiday in the Straubing holiday of a foamy drink is called even the fifth time of the year. This is the second after Oktoberfest on the scale holiday in Bavaria, where annually arrives more than a million guests, which is a couple of dozen times greater than the number of residents of Straubing itself. And the beginning of festivities was born in 1812, when the King of Bavaria Maximilian I by his decree established an annual farm holiday. Then they showed the best domestic animals, shared the methods of breeding them, and even held races. In 1949, Goybodenfest opened for the guests also a park of leisure and entertainment, with carousels and attractions. Today there are 7 large beer pavilions for 24 thousand seats. Each such tent is unique, differing with its unique decorations, specialties, delicacies and even a unique musical program. And the folk festivities are opened with a costumed procession – along the streets there is a procession of people in national clothes, carriages and carts with beer and decorated cars. The length of this column is about three kilometers. The guests of the festival are also fond of the festive illumination show on the Danube. And if mostly tourists go to Oktoberfest, Gojbodenfolksfest is a folk festival, popular first of all among the Germans themselves.