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Beer Festivals Part One–World’s Best Festivals

Written by Brianna Smity

Some awesome beer festivals are out there, so allow FLUX Mag to take you on a journey through the world’s finest beer events.

Thai Beer Festival – Bangkok, Thailand

When one thinks of mystical Thailand, we imagine a tropical idyll and muay Thai combatants rather than top drawer beer but it is Thai Beer festival is nothing to be sneezed at. The popular event has a robust crowd each year as revellers flock to this event in platoons in a bid to taste some of the world’s finest beer. The event is held in the latter part of October and surprisingly their beer is simply awesome.

Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival – Maitland, Australia

There is a lot more to the Land of Oz than pristine beaches and sheep. The land of Down Under hosts the magnificent event, The Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival. Held in November, it entails heaps of fun-loving folk that revel in the opportunity to sample over 50 craft beers from across the globe. In a creative twist the event is held in ex-maximum security prisons so you can almost feel like a badass while you down your brewski. Badass factor is directly proportionate to how much beer you chug.

Brussels Beer Weekend – Brussels, Belgium

You can finally forgive Brussels for Jean-Claude Van Damme since they have spawned the scintillating Brussels Beer Weekend. The knighthood is a throwback to the ancient beer-making guild. It generally occurs in early September and it is put together by the Belgian Brewers and the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mash Staff. Keep your questions regarding beer on hand as beer brewers serve up a ton of different beer.

Cape Town Festival of Beer – Cape Town, South Africa

Hot women, non-stop partying and all-round positive vibes are amongst the good elements that Cape Town is known for. The Cape Town Festival of Beer is South Africa’s largest beer festival and features over 150 brands of beers to choose from. The event has over 50 breweries (local and international) and also has a limited edition of beers brewed specifically for the event. This year’s event will be held on November 23, 24 and 25.

Mondial de la bière – Montreal, Canada

The Mondial de la bière is one Canada’s most endeared events and it is known for having one of the widest varieties of beer. Boasting an incredible range of over 500 beers, rest assured you are going to be sampling the world’s best brews. From beer Nazis to Homer Simpson, nobody leaves this event dissatisfied… but disorientated… an emphatic yes!

Oregon Brewers Festival – Portland, Oregon, USA

It is common knowledge that the Yanks certainly take their beer very seriously. Held every July, the Oregon Brewers Festival spans a glorious four days. Over 80 of America’s finest brewers serve up that magnificent golden liquid to over 80,000 beer aficionados. On a sun-soaked July afternoon, sample some fantastic beer on the banks of the Willamette River and receive an education in beer.

Czech Beer Festival – Prague, Czech Republic

A beer festival that you certainly have to czech (pardon the weak pun) out is the Czech Beer Festival in Prague. While most beer festivals last between one and three days, amazingly, the Czech Beer Festival lasts an astonishing two weeks. Another awesome touch is, the beer is served in authentic beer pitchers by some cute local barmaids (over 200) clad in traditional Czech costume – Niiiiice!

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

Ze Germans can lay claim to hosting the mother of all beer festivals – Oktoberfest. Annually, Oktoberfest begins during late September and runs until the first week of October. The magnitude of this event is incomprehensible with a staggering over 6 million people attending each year. Colloquially, locals call it die Wiesn. The event is a pivotal part of Bavarian culture and dates back to 1802. Only beers that have been brewed in the city limits of Munich are permissible but rest assured these beers are outstanding. A quick fun fact – the event results in almost a 1000 tons of garbage and the cleaning up is paid for by the city of Munich and sponsors.

About the author

Brianna Smity

Hey! My name is Brianna Smity and I'm majoring in Integrative Public Relations and minoring in Multimedia Design at University of Southern California (usc.edu). I love drawing and painting and I spend a lot of my time outdoors, more specifically on the water. I love to paddle board, boat, kayak, rollerblade, and bike. I LIVE for dogs and I would own 500 if I could. I have a black lab puppy named Luna and I miss her everyday I'm here at CMU. I love to listen to music, my taste is pretty diverse, but I am especially into 90s pop and alternative. My guilty pleasure is watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, yes I know, but I am ADDICTED. My ultimate goal is to hopefully run social media platforms for a large company such as Victoria's Secret or Kylie Cosmetics.

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