So the beer boom has hit the world, not only in a few remote continents, but in fact every continent… perhaps not Antarctica, although they wouldn’t need any chillers if they did! With this infatuation, of course comes beer festivals, so down at the Yeti cave we have derived the Top Beer Festivals (one in each continent), outside of the UK. So if you are fancying doing a bit of a Phileas Fogg, maybe with less stop offs and A LOT more beer, here’s the Top 6 Beer Festivals to visit on your travels!..
Wild West Brewfest, USA
Beer Yeti’s top spot goes to Wild West Brewfest (WWBF) which is held in Katy, West of Houston. Now in its 6th year, the festival was held on the 5th and 6th of May 2017, with over 100 different brewers and 600 different beers! WWBF spans over an EPIC 140,000 square feet… OF BEER, includes a VIP climate-controlled tent and new for 2017 was an outdoor patio where the VIP patrons could watch people while sipping on rare and barrel-aged beers. Several other areas within the festival make this event unique, such as a game zone, sports zone, multiple beer garden tents and several stages around the event, it has everything that one would hope for and more!
We have covered many events in the past, however, this event continues to gain the top spot not only for the beer they serve as well as the variety but the fact that they give back all of the net profits to charities, which has accumulated to over $500,000 in the past 6 years! Furthermore, it is run by 100% volunteers who all do this in their own time and take no fee for putting this amazing event on. This is a great advert for the brewing industry and these guys should really be commended for all the effort that they put in, NOT JUST for the love of beer, but for the enjoyment of beer lovers and most of all for a good cause! Next time you are thinking about traveling to a beer fest, we would highly recommend you check this event out!
WA Beer Week, Australia
Established in 2002, WA Beer Week is back this November for its 16th year, this event is a celebration of all things craft beer in Western Australia. Proudly presented by the West Australia Brewers Association, WA Beer Week is Australia’s first, and West Australia’s only week-long festival dedicated to the celebration of craft beer.
Comprised of over 40 events ranging in cost and hosted by some of Perth’s and WA’s best bars, breweries and venues, WA Beer Week gives beer enthusiasts the chance to connect with their favourite breweries, discover new favourites and celebrate their love for Beer!
This year promises to have an event for every type of craft beer lover out there. Ranging from beer yoga and beer runs to specialty releases and tastings. Beer lovers can look forward to participation from breweries as far north as Matso’s Brewery in Broome down to the South West and beyond. Fremantle Beer Fest is also back this year, joining Brew in the Moo in the Pilbara as two satellite festivals to launch WA Beer Week (Nov 11 & 12).
So if you’re nearby this year get down to Perth and get ready for an action packed week celebrating this entire great state (and beyond)!
Český Pivní Festival, Czech Republic
We could have picked many but we felt that Český Pivní Festival was a pretty good shout! At 10 years old, it is the biggest beer festival in the Czech Republic and spans for an epic 17 days in Prague. With space for 60,000 attendees, the festival features hundreds of different brews from 40+ breweries, both native and foreign. Keeping up with tech, festival goers use a magnetic card to pay for their traditional Czech food or beer, while enjoying some great entertainment from live bands!
Thousand Sensations Craft Beer, Spirits & Food Festival, South Africa
Flying the flag of South Africa’s ever growing craft beer revolution, Thousand Sensations Craft Beer, Spirits & Food Festival just celebrated its 4th year at the The Wilderness Hotel, near George on South Africa’s Garden Route.
Now at the capacity of 3,000 attendees and 40 craft brewers, showcasing more than 170 handcrafted beers and ciders the festival has grown every year from a smallholding outside Blanco George back in 2014. Every year, the festival hosts plenty of pre-festival pairing sessions to create a buzz in the run up to each festival. Joining the brewers are craft distilleries, loads of gourmet food stalls and some great entertainment. This year sae BMW Pure Craft Bikes spell-binded bike fans with their custom craft bikes.
Belgian Beer Weekend Japan
Beer is becoming more and more of big thing in Japan, not only with amazing craft breweries popping up like Hitachino and Baird Brewery, but also with their appreciation for beer. This is why the Belgian Beer Weekend Japan made its debut in 2010 and is now held across eight different locations, each at a different time of the year. This year saw events in Nagoya, Yokohama, Osaka, Kanazawa, Sapporo, Sendai, Kobe and Tokyo. These multiple events show their appreciation for why Belgian beer is now recognised as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Now in its 8th year, each event showcases between 78 and 111 different beers including a selection of unique boutique beers, available in limited quantities. There is also great food and live music too!
Oktoberfest of Malloco, Chile
Started by the wife of a German settler, on a promise that she would fulfill his dream of replicating this traditional Bavarian party in Chile, the very first Oktoberfest of Malloco was created in 2005, with just 8 people in attendance. For what has now become a tradition, this festival has cannonballed to become the biggest beer event in Chile, with an impressive 80,000 people visited the festival last year and an expected 100,000 this year. A fantastic range of 48 national and foreign breweries participate, pouring 135 different beers, ranging from Porters to even Chilean Quinoa Ale! The event offers a great mix of music from traditional German music to Chilean folkloric shows, accompanied by some cracking German gastronomy. This year’s event will take place from the 26th of October to the 5th of November.