Since 1997 the gourmet beer mile taking place at the first weekend of August every year has grown to become an important economic factor of our capital. From 4th to 6th August 2017 more than 800,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to come and peacefully enjoy this tourist attraction in the centre of Berlin again.
The 21st International Berlin Beer Festival is taking place between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor again covering an area of of 2.2 km. Each year a different country, special region or motto is at the festival´s centre of attention. Examples are the Czech Republic in 2008, Belgium in 2009 and Vietnam in 2010. In 2011, on the occasion of the 15th International Berlin Beer Festival, a new Guinness World Record was set up. In 2012 beers of the Baltic Region, in 2013 Poland, in 2014 craft-brewed beer specialities, and in 2015 the motto Experience the Beer and Burgenstraße were in the focus of the festival. Last year´s motto was 500 Years of Purity Regulations. Looking back on those successful years you can see the diversity of this popular event at first sight.
This year two traditional breweries from North Rhine-Westfalia are at the centre of attention. The private brewery Ernst Barre is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and is presenting its speciality Barre Pilsener. Barre Brew is a brewery from the town of East-Westphalian Lübbecke in the district of Minden-Lübbecke in the Wiehengebirge. This traditional brewery was founded by Ernst Johann Barre in 1842 and is an important trade-mark throughout the region of Barre-Land. Another festival beer brought to Berlin is Zunft Kölsch brewed by Erzquell Brewery Bielstein. Bielstein is a district of the town of Wiehl. This brewery has been owned by the family for four generations.It was founded in 1900, named Adler Brauerei GmbH. A second location is the 125-year-old Erzquell Brewery at Siegtal at the foot of Giebelwald.
At the Longest Beer Garden of the World 344 breweries from 87 countries are presenting their 2,400 brands of uniquely represented beers. Visitors to the festival can enjoy culinary specialities and there are 19 stages where national and international artists are performing live-music.
All this is admission free.
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