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Brilliant Beer: The 2016 Festival Calendar
Brilliant Beer: The 2016 Festival Calendar

When discussing the social trends, ties and activities that link the world together, it would be wrong to ignore the significance of beer. From China to South Africa, Chile to Croatia, beer consumption is a common feature – and that, for many countries, is a cause for celebration.

Throughout the world, beer festivals have a habit of popping up left, right and centre - and that is a good thing! By offering both a range of independent ales and international brands, beer enthusiasts are presented with a great opportunity to sample a bounty of beautiful beers throughout the year. To get involved, all you need to do is make sure you pick the right festival to suit you and your taste!

Buda Castle Beer Festival

Now in its sixth year, Buda Castle Beer Festival is a celebration of both beer and culture. As well as offering hundreds of beers, this June, Buda Castle will be playing host to a wealth of comedic talent and over 40 musical bands. Looking to roll up your sleeves and get involved in some of the work? No problem. At the Soproni Brewery stand you can try your hand at tapping a keg – just make sure you leave your best clothes back at the hotel!

International Berlin Beer Festival

As a city, Berlin is great at transforming the ordinary into something unique, creative and pioneering - so it is only right that the International Berlin Beer Festival should follow suit. Every August, over 800,000 visitors descend upon the city's 2.2km strip – a place that holds the Guinness World Record for the world's longest beer garden – for two full days of craft beer, culinary delights and a party atmosphere that rivals that of even the biggest festival of them all, Oktoberfest.

Beijing Craft Beer Festival

Last year's Beijing Craft Beer Festival united all those that are great and good currently selling their products in China's growing craft beer scene. From Shanghai's Boxing Cat Brewery through to Qingdao's Strong Ale Works, September had a diverse and exciting blend of independent brewers all coming together in Beijing's eastern arena, and this year we are expecting more of the same. So if you are in Beijing this autumn, be sure to drop by.


Each and every year, millions head to Munich in a bid to sample the wonders of Oktoberfest. In what some consider to be an annual pilgrimage, Oktoberfest brings together the world's finest beer makers, pretzel chefs and entertainment – resulting in an experience that other beer festivals simply cannot match. From lederhosen through to 7.3 litre beer servings, nobody does a beer quite like the Bavarians – so if you are looking for the ultimate festival, you have just found it.

Bangkok Beer Garden Festival

Picking up where Oktoberfest finishes, Bangkok Beer Garden Festival is a unique event in that it lasts not for a day, week or month – but throughout the entire festive period. During this time, the people of Thailand hit the streets with their deckchairs, tables and ales in a bid to create the world's most expansive beer garden. Pitchers of ale range between €2 and €2.50, which means the average cost of a pint falls below €1. And while beer remains the centre of attention throughout the celebration, there is still plenty of jazz and pop to help people really get into the swing of things when they have had one too many!

When it comes to experiencing another culture, very few activities can rival the immersive and wholesome experience of a festival. Thinking about packing your bags and heading on an adventure? Check out our blog and explore an entire world of opportunity.

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