9 Must-Attend German Beer Festivals That AREN’T Oktoberfest

Is it me or does attending Oktoberfest sound like a cluster? I’ve heard horror stories of overcrowded beer tents, gross displays of public drunkenness, and general pandemonium. Then there’s the reservation system. You need a German engineering degree to reserve a spot at one of the more desirable tents. Odds are, you’ll still be seated amongst other revelers from around the world. No thanks. I’ll set my sights to one of these smaller, and still authentic, German beer festivals.

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Bryan Richards / Own Work

Starkbierzeit in Munich

I just happened to be in Munich for Starkbierzeit – Munich’s Fifth Season. Starkbierzeit takes place during Lent and is a celebration of Doppelbock. As tradition holds, Paulener monks brewed the high-octane beer to help relieve the hunger pangs felt by the Catholic devout during Lenten fasting. What better way to numb the pain than with an 8% ABV beer, right?

While breweries throughout Munich brew their version of the Lenten brew, the main festival takes place at Paulaner-Keller in the Nockherberg district of Munich.

Bergkirchweih in Erlangen

The “berg” is a traditional Bavarian style beer festival that dates back to 1755. The festival takes place amongst the city’s many kellars (beer cellars). Back when the city founded the beer festival, brewers would store barrels of beer in cellars built into the hillside. Today’s festival resembles a giant pub-crawl as revelers hop from kellar to kellar, all of which now have outdoor
seating facilities.

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International Beer Festival in Berlin

Berlin’s famed beer festival is a bit of a departure from a traditional German beer festival. Modeled closer to a craft beer festival in the United States, breweries from Berlin and around the world serve up over 2,000 beers for attendees to sample. The traditional liter steins are replaced with .2 liter mini-steins so that festival-goers can have a diverse tasting experience as they meander along what locals refer to as the Biermeile (Beer Mile).



The Best Pasta Restaurants in the World

One of the most tragic food injustices over the last few decades is that pasta has become a routine meal. Open a cardboard box of noodles, dump them into a pot of boiling water, take them out when your timer tells you to, cover them in jarred sauce, and serve. It’s no wonder that we’ve almost forgotten what truly amazing pasta tastes like.

9 Must-See Landmarks That Celebrate Women

Although there are plenty of national landmarks that celebrate women scattered around the United States, they never seem to get as much recognition, funding, or celebration as the many monuments that exist to celebrate the accomplishments of our nation’s great men. This summer, if you’re feeling like you haven’t been exposed to as much women’s history as you would like, get out and visit some of our nation’s most exciting landmarks that celebrate women.

The World in Chips

Even if you’re an adventurous eater, chances are you tend to stick to your old favorites when it comes to snack food. Everyone loves curling up on the couch with a brew, or a can of soda, and a huge bag of potato chips. Proven favorites like sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, and barbecue are some of the most popular in the United States, but have you ever thought about what kind of chips people on the other side of the world are tucking into?