A continental beer festival can be one of the most quintessentially European experiences you can have. The atmosphere is a celebration of food, drink and rich history. You can be sure that no two European beer festivals will be alike so get out the old phrase books and explore the lesser-known continental festivals, with information provided by our European Breakdown Cover.
Oktoberfest is known to many as the king of festivals. However, stray just far enough away from the Bavarian border and you may find there are many other offerings spread across Europe. You should, however, never drink and drive. The alcohol limit may be lower than in the UK and in some countries there is zero tolerance for drink driving so be sure that you have everything you need to stay within the law when driving in Europe and abroad.
Freimarkt, Bremen, Germany – 16th October to 1st November 2015.
Beating Oktoberfest to the crown as Germany’s oldest festival, Friemarkt has partied on the streets of the seaside city of Bremen for close to 1000 years. Kicking off in the last two weeks of October, over four million revellers descend upon the city for 17 days of fireworks, fairgrounds and feasts.
Although technically a traditional Christmas market, there is enough emphasis on beer to satisfy even the most fastidious of festival-goers. Given its close proximity to the North Sea, fish is the main culinary offering with such delicacies as matje herring and smoked eel. Lose yourself in the maze of market stalls, fill yourself with the many food and beers on offer, or take your family on the array of festival rides and rollercoasters. Just be sure to leave the delicious Bremen beers until after you’ve tried the carousel!
PINT Bokbier Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 23rd to 25th October 2015.
PINT Bokbier is the festival named after Bokbier, the Netherland equivalent of a traditionally autumnal fortified lager which can reach a hefty 9%. Over the three-day festival an assortment of over 50 types of ‘bok’ will bring 12,000 visitors to the capital. It’s very much back to the basics of beer festival etiquette at PINT Bokbier - you’re given a glass upon entry that you will use at each pump and then simply rinse before moving on to the next brew. To gain access it will cost €20 (£14.80), but that price does include your very own pint glass which you can then take home for bragging rights among friends and colleagues.
Sure to satisfy connoisseurs and casuals alike, take a short break to navigate the scenic flat country and beautiful Amsterdam canals. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time to in-between travel and the festival to fully absorb the beautiful Amsterdam canals and culture
Czech Beer Festival, Prague, Czech Republic – May 2016.
Famous for its beautiful rolling countryside and exceedingly cheap beer, travel a little further afield to the Czech Republic for your European road trip. A mere 99 CZK (£2.70) will grant you access to all 17 days of the Czech Beer Festival. Alternatively you can spend 1039 CZK (£28.30) for VIP tickets which will get grant you VIP table service and a festival card pre-charged with 640 CZK (£17.40) of festival credit to help you make a start on the over 70 brands of Czech beer.
As well as boasting its own festival currency and a schedule of live music throughout each day, you can be sure that your Czech experience will bring you the best of food, coffee, beer and wine.
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