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Best Beer Fests

, By: Heleen Vanhoudt, CSR & External Communications Officer Europe

The beer festival calendar traverses the globe and interacts with millions of beer lovers each year. Sampling diverse beers alongside culinary delights and, often, live entertainment is a pastime enjoyed around the world - and 2017 will not disappoint. Here’s what the beer festival world can offer this year…

Barcelona Beer Festival
Date: 24 - 26 March 2017
Location: La Farga, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Website: http://www.barcelonabeerfestival.com/

The Barcelona Beer Festival celebrates high-quality craft beer, offering more than 300 varieties. Dedicated to the culture as much as the taste of craft beer, the festival also offers a series of cultural and gastronomical lectures, networking for international professionals and a personal touch with ‘meet the brewer’ sessions. 

Zythos Bier Festival
Date: 22 - 23 April 2017
Location: Brabantlaan, Leuven, Belgium
Website: http://www.zbf.be/

The largest beer festival in Belgium – and among the largest in Europe – offers more than 500 Belgian beers on 88 different stands staffed by brewers. A food corner will be on site, and the festival links with Leuven beer month, which offers brewery tours, walks and talks. Each year, the festival recognizes the three best-tasting beers, as voted by visitors, and gives awards to the winning breweries.

Czech Beer Festival
Date: 11 - 27 May 2017
Location: Letenská Pláň, Prague, Czech Republic
Website: http://www.ceskypivnifestival.cz/en/

The 17-day festival in Prague will offer more than 150 draft Czech beers as well as a ‘Beer Diversity’ tent featuring a changing cycle of beers from elsewhere in the world. With 10,000 seats, food aplenty, music performances, and servers in traditional Czech costumes, what more could you ask for?

Mondial de la Bière
Date and location:
30 June - 2 July 2017 at the Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France
Website: http://festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca/en/festivals/mondial_de_la_biere_paris_2017/

Founded in 1994 by a trio of beer lovers, this festival describes itself as a ‘unique and friendly tasting event’ and features hundreds of beers from around the world. For the first time it will also take place in Paris this year.  

International Berlin Beer Festival
Date: 5-7 August 2017
Location: Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.bierfestival-berlin.de/index%20eng.html

Around 800,000 visitors will gather in the world’s longest beer garden (according to the Guinness World Records) for the 21st year of the International Berlin Beer Festival. Along the 2.2km, visitors can experience around 2,400 beers, offered by 340 breweries from 87 countries, while enjoying music from across 20 stages.

The Great British Beer Festival 
Date: 8 - 12 August 2017
Location: Olympia, London, UK
Website: http://gbbf.org.uk/

Organized by the Campaign for Real Ale, Britain’s biggest beer festival offers visitors more than 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers to enjoy, alongside live music, food stands, seating areas and traditional pub games. The festival has been running since 1977 and features more than 350 British breweries.  

Oktoberfest
Date: 16 September - 3 October 2017
Location: Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany
Website: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

Oktoberfest, first held to mark marriage celebrations in Bavaria in 1810, has grown into what is commonly thought of as the largest beer festival in the world. Almost six million guests attended in 2016 and consumed more than seven and a half million liters of beer. Oktoberfest is 18 days long this year, features numerous tents with different beers and atmospheres on tap, as well as a fun fair and traditional opening and closing ceremonies. 

Cannstatter Volksfest
Date: 22 September - 8 October 2017
Location: Cannstatter Wasen, Stuttgart, Germany
Website: http://cannstatter-volksfest.de/de/landing-page/

The second-largest beer festival in Germany attracts around 4m visitors each year, seeking authentic brews. The festival can trace its roots back to 1818, as a celebration to mark the end of famine in the city. Funfair attractions and market stalls all add to the overall ‘volksfest’ experience.

Heleen Vanhoudt

Heleen Vanhoudt

CSR & External Communications Officer Europe

As CSR officer at AB InBev, I have the opportunity to combine my passion for corporate communication and my love for beer. I am convinced that an open dialogue between a company and its stakeholders is key for building sustainable relationships. As beer is the original social network, it brings people together. Through this blog, I also hope to bring people together and share our stories about our contribution to build a better world.