The very popular ‘Berlin-beer-mile’ – literally that is what it is – will celebrate its frothy 15th anniversary in 2011 – from 5th to 7th August the 15th International Berlin Beer Festival will take place at its traditional place in Berlin’s increasingly popular and contempory area along both sides of Karl-Marx-Allee. http://www.bierfestival-berlin.de/
If last year is anything to go by circa 800,000 visitors, including the myriad of tourists from all over the world will taste the various alcoholic beverages made from malted grain during the festivals 3 days duration.
Nearly 300 breweries from over 85 nations will bring their ales, pilsners, stouts, lagers and ciders to the festival offering over 2,000 beer specialities along the ‘Berlin-beer-mile’ between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor.
Karl-Marx-Allee, the former Stalinallee, or “Stalin Boulevard,” will provide the ‘beer-mile’ between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor. The name was changed from Joseph Stalin to the less controversial German economist in the 60’s and the grand avenue has a wonderful airy feeling of space and grandeur unknown in West Berlin.
With their high ceilings, well designed lay-outs and roomy interiors the so-called “Russian architecture” apartments have weathered the test of time well and this whole area has become a new chic and ‘in-area’ for artists, students and other types of bohemians.
An attempt will be made on the last day, Sunday, to create the ‘world’s longest beer garden’ by extending tables for over a mile.
There will also be 18 stages providing live entertainment from both German and international artists with music, shows and other fitting performances.
The New York Times wrote about the festival – while the Americans generally cannot really make good beer [with the exception of the new micro breweries which are great!] they do like good beer it seems…………http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/berlin-beer-festival-to-offer-2000-brews/
Weather has not been great this July and the beginning of August does not augur well either so bring an umbrella – and drink and be merry!
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