The Berlin Craft Beer Festival is back once again. After both the success of the 2014 festival and the exciting development of Berlin’s craft beer scene in recent years, there was no other option but to organise this large gathering of Berlin brewers every year. The Berlin Craft Beer Festival 2016 will be held on the 29th and 30th of July at the RAW-Gelände complex in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The festival will present the latest of “Craft Beer made in Berlin” and will be the official closing party of the Berlin Beer Week.
On the last weekend in July, approximately 25 craft beer breweries will gather on the east side of the RAW-Gelände complex, not far from Badehaus Szimpla, to present to both Berliners and international guests alike, what exactly “Craft Beer Made in Berlin” means – how the local beers taste and smell, how they look and who brews them. The brewers themselves will be behind the taps, serving their beers and will be only too happy to describe them.
To top off the already excellent lineup, there will be a small “Brandenburg Craft Beer Special” alongside a surprise selection of international beers. Various street food stands and trucks will be there to keep guests going throughout the day with, for example, some South African street kitchen food, or some Mexican canteen food. New to this year, and only available at the festival, is the official festival beer “Lemondrop Pale Ale”, presented together with Hopfenreich Craft Beer Bar Berlin and the IPA Bar, and brewed nearby in the local Lemke Brewery. As well as this, the taz, the Tageszeitung newspaper, will have their very own artisanal “Panterbräu” beer ready to taste.
Craft Beer has recently become an integral part of Berlin and plays a large role amongst the regional gastronomy scene. More and more local beers are becoming increasingly popular with guests asking explicitly for Berlin craft beer. My beer is your beer – the brewers could be your neighbours, and that is a very exciting development that the Berlin craft beer festival supports and fosters. The scene is constantly changing and evolving in its own way and so too is the image of Berlin as a beer capital.
Set amongst the old industrial buildings of what used to be a train repair station, there will be plenty of comfortable seating areas and spots in the shade for you to enjoy the myriad of flavours provided by over 100 different types of beer. There will also be DJs and street musicians playing some relaxed music for guests to enjoy.
The organisers Mark Hinz and Attila Kiss, who brought some of the first major events devoted to craft and artisanal beer to town, have helped in growing the local craft beer trend. Craft beer is their passion and they have both been enriching the gastronomy scene at their nearby Hopfenreich – Craft Beer Bar Berlin in the Wrangelkiez area in Kreuzberg, and the IPA Bar on Karl-Marx-Straße in Neukölln – the former being the first craft beer bar in Berlin.
Berlin Craft Beer Festival 2016 – The Facts:
29th-30th of July
Raw-Gelände (east side)
Opening times: 12:00 – 23:00
Entry: €4 including 1 x “Lemondrop Pale Ale” (festival beer)
Glass deposit: €3
25 breweries present themselves
Further beer specials
Streetfood trucks / stands
live street musci
free admission to the parties afterwards in Badehaus next door
The Berlin Beer Week is a partner of the Berlin Craft Beer Fest 2016