Many countries will have a national drink and many of them will be alcoholic. When it comes to beer it is often the Germans and Danes who first spring to mind, but there are plenty of other countries who both produce and celebrate beer.
Hamburg Beer Festival
Hamburg holds their beer festival for a month through most of November and a small part of December. As well as the beer there is a fun fair so it is the sort of place that children can attend at least early on in the evening. There is live music and the rides are thrilling though a bit risky if ridden AFTER time spent in the beer tent. If the tent is full there are plenty of other bars and pubs although many are on the Reeperbahn. This is the area many people decamp to once the Dom closes for the night.
The main festival is held in the summer and the big advantage here is that the people who are serving are able to give information about the beer. The event takes place in Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk and it is a good idea to book in advance as it is cheaper than paying on the door. Fortunately there is food available so you will not be beer testing on an empty stomach and it is worth paying extra to get a pitcher as the queues can be long and the time in line will be wasted if you can’t have a drink.
CAMRA, London, Action
CAMRA is an organization that is loyal to real ale – the acronym is the Campaign for Real Ale and the beer festivals they hold will have products not found in many supermarkets. Rather than just one large festival they tend to have smaller gatherings across the United Kingdom and attendees can try the likes of Alligator Ale, Blue Sky Drinking and Black Chocolate Stout. There is a main festival that is held in August and is in London and this is where all the brewers gather to find out who has won the Real Ale of The Year Award..
Mondial de la Biere Montreal
Canada hosts a number of beer festivals and this is the biggest. It does not just showcase Canadian beer but attracts brewers from around the world. You can attend workshops that are held by staff from the beer school and while some products are just for restaurants, many will be for universal sale.
Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival – Maitland
This is the one festival where you start the evening in jail – or at least a former maximum security jail. There is food provided as well as entertainment and with 50 beers from around the world, it can end up being a long night inside.
Beer festivals are meant to be places where people sample beers and as long as this happens in moderation it is fine. It will be best to find out the strength of each one you test as even a few small samples can add up and leaving you a little worse for wear the next day.
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