Internationales Berliner Bierfestival (International Berlin Beer Festival)

Strausberger Platz during the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

A little over a week ago, Berlin hosted the 16th International Berlin Beer Festival with the theme ‘Beers of the region of the Baltic Sea’.

In 2011 the festival set a Guinness World Record for the longest beer garden in the world at 1,820 metres.  This year the Beer Mile (sic) was 2.2 km long and stretched all the way along Karl-Marx-Allee from Frankfurter Tor to Strausberger Platz.

Crowds line Karl-Marx-Allee during the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

The beers available weren’t just confined to the festival theme though and there were some ‘exotic’ flavours including a Banana Beer that got the big thumbs down from James of überlin.

A Banana Beer stall at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

The stallholders had lots of ploys to entice the crowds: some were decorated in bright colours; some covered in merchandise; but the most popular stalls were those staffed by young women in sexy nurses uniforms – the owners having realised that cleavage, stockings and suspenders were a big hit with beer drinkers (sorry no pictures).

The Augustiner stall at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

Balloons at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

A sweet stall at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

Eis Pavillon: A stall at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

There were plenty of musicians along the length of the festival entertaining the crowds with everything from classic rock to German Schlager.

An Accordion Player entertains the crowd at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

There was even a piper playing.

An Piper entertains the crowd at the International Berlin Beer Festival (Internationales Berliner Bierfestival)

One thing that struck me as very different to beer festivals in the UK was the cross-section of people who were there.  And the atmosphere was certainly a stark contrast to Berlin’s (often self-consciously) über-hip bar and club scenes.

The seventeenth International Berlin Beer Festival (17. Internationales Berliner Bierfestival) will take place from 2-4 August 2013.

3 thoughts on “Internationales Berliner Bierfestival (International Berlin Beer Festival)

  1. travelsofadam

    Went to this last year with Nicole and had a lot of fun! Sorry I missed it this year because it really was a fun atmosphere.

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  2. ebe

    Ah, beer. Lovely pics! Really loved the balloon shot (I am always hypnotized by their offerings in person) and can;t believe how quiet the event looks in some of your shots.

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