From Oktoberfest to Cannstatter: The Best Beer Festivals in the World

If you love beer, you’re going to want to travel the world to taste the best brews on the planet. The most efficient way to taste a ton of beers at once is at beer festivals.

Keep reading to learn about some of the best beer festivals in the world.

One Of The Best Beer Festivals: Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and most famous beer festival, so naturally, it kicks off our list. This festival is held every year in Munich Germany and it draws a crowd of over six million people from all over the world.

Guest enjoy a whole range of delicious cold beers and endless celebration. The only beer at this festival is right from within the city limits of Munich. This festival kicks off in September and goes until the first weekend of October.

Great American Beer Festival

This is easily the biggest beer festival in the states. It’s a three-day paradise for beer lovers and it’s held every year at the National Convention Center in Dever Colorado.

Here about 50,000 beer lovers attend from all over the world to taste over 2,000 American craft beers and 1,300 foreign beers from over 500 various breweries.

There is also a competition that has over 100 beer judges that award gold, silver, and bronze medals in 83 various beer categories.

Great British Beer Festival

This festival was established in 1977 and organized by the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA). It provides a vast selection of over 650 cask ales and beers from not only the UK but also from breweries in Belgium, the United States, and Germany.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

This festival takes place in the United States and started as a block party in 1976. Its purpose was to get visitors to come to downtown Cincinnati and has since grown into the second largest Oktoberfest in the world after the original festival in Munich.

This festival does honor it’s German heritage and takes place on Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati. Here you will find not only German beer but also German culture, music, and food.

Montreal Beer Festival

This festival is also known as the Mondial de la bière to all the locals. This beer festival is annually held at Place Bonaventure and features about 637 beers that come from about 200 various breweries.

There isn’t a lot of American Craft beer here, and more of a focus on South American brewed beer. Which is actually a good thing for American, as it means you will taste some unique beers that you may have never heard of.

There are also workshops on how to taste and smell the beer, as well as general knowledge you can learn about this beloved beverage.

Oregon Brewer’s Festival

This is one of the United States longest-running beer festivals. It’s located on the west bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Each year this festival brings in about 80 thousand craft beer lovers to try more than 20 different types of beer from eighty breweries.

This festival lasts for five days and also has home-brewing demonstrations, where you will learn home brewer tips. There is also live music and a ton of food to eat.

National Winter Ales Festival

This festival as the name promises is the winter part to the summer’s Great British Beer Festival. Here you will find lots of stouts and porter beers that are typically only around during the winter months.

This festival is in January each year and is easily the second-largest beer festival in Britain. Here you will find over 300 bottled ales, ciders and beers. You will also get to check out the Champion Winter Beer of Britain Awards.

Cannstatter Volksfest

This is easily the second-largest beer festival in the world, next to Oktoberfest. This festival is a three-week-long fiar that takes place in Stuttgart, Germany at the Cannstatter Wasen.

This festival pulls about 4.2 million visitors every year, who get to enjoy seven large beer tents that hold about five thousand people each. Here you’ll also find rides and plenty of fair food.

This isn’t strictly a beer festival but does have exactly a week after the start of Oktoberfest. This way beer fans can enjoy both German festivals.

Portland International BeerFest

You probably know that Portland, Oregon has been named the “Craft Beer Capital” of the United States. Which is why it has not one, but two beer festivals.

You do not want to miss this festival of over 150 Double IPAS, barrel-aged ales, stouts, and sour ales from over 16 different countries. If you haven’t heard of this festival, that makes sense. The festival’s motto is, “taste the Greatest Beers you’ve never heard of.”

This festival happens in the summer int he MAP Pearl District, at the North Park Blocks.

Belgian Beer Weekend

If you ever enjoyed a frosty pint of Stella Artois then you know that Belgium waffles can’t hold a candle to Belgium beer. Which explains why Belgium throws one of the best beer festivals in Europe at this beer weekend.

This festival is thrown by the Belgium Brewer’s Guild and features over 350 premiere Belgium beers from 51 large and small local breweries. It’s held the first weekend of every September in Brussels at the Grand Place.

Great Alaska Beer And Barleywine Festival

Travel to Alaska in January and warm up with some beastly barleywines and hoppy IPAs at this festival. This is an Anchorage event and it’s considered to be the jewel of Alaska Beer Week.

Here you will find some of the heftiest regional brews in a city filled with pubs on their easy to navigate streets.

Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular

The land down under is known for its vast range of summer beer festivals. This event is easily known as the best of the festivals. Here you will find 250 beers from 150 breweries around the world, and just about half of these beers are unique to this event.

Plan Your Beer Festival Trip Today

Now that you know about these beer festivals, it’s time you start planning your trip. Travel the world and taste some of the best beer.

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