When you love beer and you really want to enjoy it in a fun and even cultural way, you can attend a beer festival. If you have never attended a beer festival, but want to, there are several places you can go to enjoy this tradition. Some of the best ones are as follows.
Oktoberfest in Germany
Germany is considered the birthplace of most beers. As such, Oktoberfest in Germany is a really big deal. It was originally created to celebrate the hops, wheat, and rye harvests in the fall—the key ingredients in making beer. Late in September or very early in October is precisely the time to visit any little German berg and join in the Oktoberfest celebrations.
Annual Beer Awards
In different parts of the country (here in the US), there are annual celebrations around beer awards. It is similar to going to a wine awards show or a vintage car show; every beer producer brings new and/or improved beers to the show to win awards and accolades. Attendees at these celebrations and awards shows can sample all kinds of beer and enjoy live music and food. You can even sidle into an awards ceremony and watch the judges taste beers and choose the winners.
Big Beer Factory Anniversary Tours
Some of the biggest names in beer have been around for a very long time. When these beer factories are celebrating a major historical anniversary of their factories, they tend to cut loose and have a little in-house party. Tourists are invited in to tour the factories for these anniversaries, sample beers, and take home some fresh beer off the production line. There may be some other festivities connected to these tours and tasting ceremonies, so do your research on the factories and visit their websites for upcoming events.
Parties at "Beer Baron" Mansions
Beer barons host parties at their mansions. It may be by invitation only, or the public may be invited as part of a week- or month-long event at a historical mansion. These exclusive events are particularly exciting for anyone who has been attending beer festivals for some time now and has a party like this on their "bucket list." If you can get into one of these celebrations and/or get tickets/admission to go, you absolutely should. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, given that these celebrations only occur for very special occasions in the life of a particular beer/beer company.
To learn more about beer festivals, look into events like the Rockin River Beer and Music Festival.Share
30 March 2017
My wife and I recently bought a new house in a new state, and it came with a large home bar in the basement. Being new to the neighborhood, we were excited when a nice neighbor decided to stop by one day for a drink... I was unprepared for his visit and only had a beer to give him. He casually mentioned he enjoyed scotch but that the beer would do for the moment. To his surprise, the next time he stopped by I had purchased a bottle of scotch to keep on hand just for his visits. He was grateful and we became great friends. I now keep a fully stocked bar and have a drink ready for anyone who swings by! I decided to start a blog to share what I have learned about cocktails and spirits.