Europe has one of the oldest brewing traditions in the world. Beer is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, and as such, Europe has the biggest beer festivals on the planet! Hurray for Beer! Here’s a guide to help you find the biggest European beer festivals!
Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
Germany produces and consumes the most beer in the world hosts one of the biggest European beer festivals—Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest is based in Munich, Germany. The festival starts on the first day of Autumn, and ends two weeks later.
Only Munich produced beers are served, such as: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Spaten and Paulaner. Veritable delights for the palate!
Great British Beer Festival – London, UK
If you’re a beer lover, you can’t miss the Great British Beer Festival in London. It takes place at the beginning of August, where an estimated 60,000 people attend this festival every year. It’s a great beer party for traditional malts and ciders. It’s organised by the prestigious CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).
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Pilsner Fest, Czech Republic
The Pilsner Fest takes place in early October. Held in the city that gives the brew its name, Pilsen is located in the Bohemian region. It’s a beer festival worth visiting, where you can enjoy a festive atmosphere, good music, and a wide variety of beers. You can also book a visit to the Pilsner Urquell factory and taste the unfiltered beer directly from oak barrels.
National Winter Ales Festival – UK
This is the winter version of the Great British Beer Festival! Each year, a different city in the UK hosts thirsty patrons ready to try the newest and best brews on the market. Attendees can try some of the 300 varieties of beer, both from the barrel and in bottles, as well as apple and pear ciders, among other delicacies.
Belgian Beer Weekend – Brussels, Belgium
Brussels also has a prominent beer festival worth noting. Held in early September every year, the festival welcomes beer lovers from all over the world to try some Belgian famous brews. Belgium might be a tiny country but they love their beer!
Cannstatter Wasen – Stuttgart, Germany
Are you surprised Germany has TWO famous European beer festivals? Cannstatter Wasen takes place in Stuttgart. There’s good beer, lots of music, and endless food. You can taste gastronomic specialties such as Maultaschen (spinach, sausage, and onion ravioli), the Gaisburger Marsch (stewed meat), or the popular Spätzle (gnocchi with cheese sauce).
And always remember: drink responsibly! We want you to enjoy your holidays, after all! Keen on visiting one of the biggest European beer festivals? Check out Europe’s Famous Hostels for the best accommodation in Europe!