Let’s be honest. It goes great with food, relaxes you after a long day and gets the party going no matter where you feel like raging. The barley based beverage is the universal drink of good times and celebration so it only makes sense to create a hub for the best beer festivals around the world.
Best of all, beer doesn’t take any days off and won’t discriminate based off of your geographic location. No matter where you go you can count on a beer week, summer or winter festival, brewfest and the hallowed oktoberfest.
From craft brews, tastings and holiday extravaganzas, beer festivals are sure to greet you anywhere you go. The only challenge is finding them.
From the best summer beer festivals in North America to 6 alternatives to Oktoberfest for beer tasting in Europe, Rad Season has got you covered. Whether you are into pilsners, ambers, IPA’s or stouts, beer is one of the key parts of cultural and social traditions. There’s nothing wrong with a day at the brewery or shooting pool at a dive, but if you are looking to step your game up, look no further.
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Oktoberfest is probably the most well-known folk fest around the world. Brazil, the United States and Namibia are just a few countries that have discovered the festival for themselves. You can also experience an Oktoberfest in Japan, Canada and Mexico.
Blumenau, a small German community in southern Brazil hosts the second largest Oktoberfest in the world every October. Throughout the city you can see traditional Bavarian costumes, typical houses and restaurants that offer German music and imported beer. In large marquees you can dance and party from morning to night.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is not only the largest folk festival but also the most popular. The event attracts millions of visitors every year. And whoever went there once usually returns.
The Berlin International Beer Festival hosts 350 breweries from 90 countries with well over 2,400 different beers. It holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD as the “longest beer garden in the world” stretching over 2.2 km along Karl-Marx-Allee in the trendy Berlin-Friedrichshain district.
Brussels hosts the Belgian Beer Weekend every year. More than 50,000 visitors come to sample fine Belgium beers in one of the most scenic settings in Brussels.
The Great American Beer Festival hosts the largest selection of US craft beers during the 3 day festival. Head there to sample some of the finest beers and great entertainment.
The Zinzinnati Oktoberfest always takes place on the second last weekend in September in downtown Cincinnati, a major city in the state of Ohio. Six blocks are closed for street stalls, beer gardens and live music which are visited by half a million visitors. The residents celebrate their German roots with German sausages and apple strudel.
If you like it a little more exotic, Namibia could be the perfect destination. The African country with its colonial history organizes the festival in the capital Windhoek every October. For two days, Africans and tourists meet in traditional costumes at the Windhoek sports club and enjoy a lot of drinking and live music by the Kirchdorfer, one of the best-known bands of the Munich Oktoberfest.