Prost, Salud, Cin Cin: Best Beer Festivals in Europe

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	Bavarian Beer Week, Munich

Bavarian Beer Week, Munich

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May 28, 2013 —  International travel is no small feat. Whether backpacking, biking, or hopping from train station to train station, there’s few better ways to quench one’s thirst than with authentic regional brews. So why not plan your next trip across the pond around some of the best beer festivals in Europe?

The Bavarian Beer Festival can take you back to where it all began thanks to the Reinheitsgebot, or “Germany Purity Law,” which set the modern standard for the composition and sale of beer – back in 1487. Taking place for an entire week at various Munich breweries, the highlight is one special day when a fountain in the old city center becomes a public tap with more than 270 gallons of beer that anyone can access for a free drink.

Over the border in the Netherlands, Meibockfestival in Amsterdam celebrates meibock (literally "May bock") beer, which is paler, with more hop flavor, than traditional bock varieties that are popular in Germany. Or for more alcoholic options, head across the English Channel to London for the annual Wandsworth Common Beer Festival. Not only is it filled with five days of more than 100 rare brews, but also 30 ciders, and some 20 wines.

For those drifting south on their European tour, the Barcelona Beer Festival and Italia Beer Festival in Rome offer a multitude of craft delights that can be enjoyed while breathing in the warm Mediterranean air.

There’s no need to subscribe to traditional tourism tactics when traveling. While seeing the sites of Europe is undeniably inspiring, doing it with beer breaks is undoubtedly delicious. 

  • Bavarian Beer Week

    Beer Festival / Festival Every year in April

    Bavarian Beer Week - Beer Festival | Festival in Munich.
    Munich Throughout the city
  • Meibockfestival

    Beer Festival / Food & Drink Event Every year in April

    Meibockfestival - Beer Festival | Food & Drink Event in Amsterdam.
    Amsterdam Posthoornkerk
    Haarlemmerstraat 124
    1013 EX Amsterdam, NL
  • Wandsworth Common Beer Festival

    Beer Festival / Festival / Food & Drink Event Every year in March, July, and October

    Wandsworth Common Beer Festival - Beer Festival | Festival | Food & Drink Event in London.
    London Le Gothique Restaurant & Bar

    The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building

    John Archer Way

    Wandsworth Common

    London, UK SW18 3SX

    020 8870 6567

  • Italia Beer Festival

    Beer Festival Every year in May

    Italia Beer Festival - Beer Festival in Rome.
    Rome Atlantico Live

    Viale dell'Oceano Atlantico, 271d
    00144 Roma, Italy

    06 591 5727

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  • Barcelona Beer Festival

    Beer Festival Every year in March

    Barcelona Beer Festival - Beer Festival in Barcelona.
    Barcelona Throughout the city
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