We Germans love our beer. A lot. And we love celebrating beer. Munich might have the famous Oktoberfest, but once a year it is Berlin’s turn to become Beerlin: International Berlin Beer Festival from August 7 to 9, 2015. From Industriepalast Hostel it is only a short hop(s) to the traditional beer mile on Karl-Marx-Allee – so what are we waiting for?
Since 1997 the International Berlin Beer Festival has been taking place every year and keeps attracting more and more ale lovers. For one weekend, Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain turns into a two kilometer long beer mile, where no less than 320 breweries from 86 countries spoil you with about 2.000 delicious brews. Almost one million visitors make it one of the largest festivals of its kind worldwide, and when the broad boulevard between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor becomes what might well be the world’s largest beer garden, it is simply special. Classic wheat beers and pilsners, special regional suds and hand-brewed craft beers – you can taste your way through the fascinating world of beer and discover some brews you hadn’t even heard of.
Every year the Beer Festival has a special focus, and in 2015 it features the Beer and Castle Route of Bavaria and Thuringia as a unique brewing region in the southeast of Germany. We are talking unusual ales and small, traditional breweries.
Lining your stomach is obligatory, so there are plenty of snacking options all over the beer mile. And on a whopping 18 stages bands and artists are going to make sure that you are in the right mood for legit enjoyment all through the weekend. By the way: Beer tastes best when enjoyed appreciatively and in moderation, and your head will be very thankful that your Beer Fest experience didn’t escalate the morning after. Keep in mind that you are practically a stout gourmet this weekend, so save the boozing for the hootch.
At a glance:
International Berlin Beer Festival on Friday the 7th (from noon till midnight), Saturday the 8th (from 10am till midnight), and Sunday the 9th of August 2015 (10am till 10pm) on Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain. No admission fee.
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.