Toit’s Beer Festival CalendarYour calendar for a very merry trip around the world.
It’s October and everyone’s talking about the Oktoberfest. It’s a well known fact that beer makes you merry and cheery and celebratory. Hence, beer festivals.
But festivals, apart from being places where you can put your liver to the ultimate test, also double up as spaces where enthusiasts can sample a whole variety of beers, meet passionate drinkers and brewers, and generally contribute to keeping the brewing spirit alive.
In the spirit of Oktoberfest, here is our pick of five fun beer festivals that happen across the world. And even though there are more than 30 that take place every year, we’ve picked five that happen around this time of the year, so that it’s not too late for you to take a mini, boozy vacation.
Because, you know, beer makes bitter butter, Betty and everything else better.
Where- Munich, Germany
When- Late September to early October
Since- 1810 AD
We had to start with the biggest badass beer festival there is. If you’re going to choose just one beer festival, let it be this. Oktoberfest is a 16 day event, and it is estimated that close to 6 million people attend this event every year, consuming over 6 million litres of beer. You know you want to be a part of that statistic!
And it’s also the perfect place to sample some traditional Bavarian food and culture. Over the years, this festival has become so popular that countries around the world have their own versions of it. Yup, there’s an Oktoberfest in Hong Kong too!
Great British Beer Festival
Where- London, England
When- Early August
Since- 1977 AD
This one just got over a couple of months ago, but is worth mentioning because it’s not called the ‘biggest pub in the world’ for no reason. Organised by the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), this festival offers over 900 ales, ciders, perries and international beers for you to try. If statistics are to be believed, in 2006, CAMRA estimated that one pint is sold every half second at the festival.
Great World Beer Festival
Where- New York City, New York
When- Late October
Held over two days, this festival is referred to as ‘the big daddy’ of American beer festivals. Organised by the Beer Brothers, this festivals aims to promote different craft beers from all over. Attendees get a glass on entering and get unlimited samples from over 100 microbreweries. Let that sink in for just a minute, and then quickly book your tickets.
Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival
Where- Maitland, Australia
When- Early November
You’ve probably heard of people walking into jail drunk, but ever heard of someone walking in sober and walking out drunk? If you’re looking for something unusual, this is the beer festival for you! It takes place inside a former maximum security prison, and offers over 50 craft beers from around the world for your sampling pleasure. This, coupled with live music and great food, promises to change the way you perceive prisons. And maybe even beer festivals.
Where- Stuttgart, Germany
When- End of September to early October
This one’s actually a proper fair, but is also considered the second largest beer drinking event after the Oktoberfest. Stretched out across two weeks, attractions (apart from the beer) include the world’s largest portable ferris wheel, oompah bands (please go watch and tell us how they are), and a 26 meter high column covered in fruit which is a symbol of the festival (because, health bro!).
And the best part? It’s a week after the Oktoberfest in Munich, so if you’re having any withdrawal symptoms, you know where to go.
Bags packed and ready to go? No? Well, there’s always the Oktoberfest celebration at Toit, with our special menu and beer.
So if you’re not about to jump onto a plane, then jump into/onto a car/auto/bus/cab/scooter/cycle/unicycle (free beer for anyone who shows up on a unicycle!) and head to Indiranagar. We promise to welcome you with beer bellies and a big hug.