Beer festivals in Barcelona: good times on tap!
Calling all beer lovers: Barcelona has a few treats in store for you - not just in October, the "classic" month for beer, but all year round. Cheers!
Barcelona plays host to four major beer festivals each year:
- March: Beer Festival Barcelona
- April-May: Biergarten
- July: Fira del Poblenou
- October: Oktoberfest
1. March: Beer Festival – 3 days, 300 artisan beers
Beer Festival Barcelona is pretty much heaven for beer-lovers: 300 craft beer producers come together over three days as part of a fun and friendly festival.
- Note that the organisers encourage drinking in moderation, and they may refuse service if you’re already somewhat the worse for wear…
In this case, beer is considered as a gastronomic product, to be discovered, tasted and compared, but not consumed to excess.
Beer Festival Barcelona: how it works
Entry to the Beer Festival Barcelona costs around 7 euros. This gets you a glass, two tokens and a guide, packed with information on craft beer.
You’ll then need to buy tokens (€1 each) to exchange for the beers you want to taste. There’s also food available, with 3 tapas bars participating in the festival.
- Beer is only served in the official festival glass, which you’ll be given on entry.
- Payment is in tokens. Prices vary according to production method.
There are over 300 beers in total, served from numbered kegs. Look at the main display board to find out where your favourites are located.
The video below gives a glimpse of the 2015 festival:
Gluten-free and alcohol-free beer
At least one stand is devoted to gluten-free beer, and another to high-quality alcohol-free options.
- The 2017 edition of the Beer Festival Barcelona was held over a long weekend (Friday-Sunday) at the end of March, from 11am to around 11pm each day. Watch this space for 2018 dates.
- Beer Festival Barcelona is held at La Farga de L’Hospitalet, Carrer Barcelona, 2 at L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Metro: Rambla Just Oliveras (L1).
- The festival is wheelchair-accessible.
- Given the popularity of the event, you’re likely to have to queue. Try to get there early before it gets busy.
2-April-May: Biergarten at Poble Espanyol
See our article on this event.
3-July: Fira del Poblenou – beer and more!
Fira del Poblenou, a festival for all tastes
Fira del Poblenou is a beer festival held in over three days in early July every year. The focus is on craft beers, mostly from Catalonia.
You’ll also find a whole host of food stands at the event.
- Good news for celiacs: the Fira del Poblenou festival features both gluten free beer and food.
There’s music and a whole host of other activities on offer, including beer tasting sessions, swing dance lessons and zumba sessions… open to all, even if you don’t like beer!
See the festival website for more information.
This year, the Fira del Poblenou will be held on 7th, 8th and 9th July.
- The Fira is held in the Parc del Poblenou (metro: Poblenou).
4. October: Oktobertfest – popular and free!
If you like beer, you’ve almost certainly heard of Oktoberfest, held in Munich every year since 1810. It’s the biggest popular festival in the world, and has inspired imitations all over the world… including one in Barcelona. The atmosphere is considerably more festive than at the Beer Festival!
Oktoberfest, Barcelona: more details
Oktoberfest in Barcelona will be held from 11th-22nd October 2017. See the official website for more details.
The event is held under a huge marquee of over 5000 m2. There are tables available, but they go quickly, so we recommend booking ahead as soon as possible via this link. Booking also gives you free access to a whole host of prize draws with plenty of surprises to be won!
Typical Bavarian beer and food
You’ll be able to try the famous Paulaner, specially brewed for the original Munich Oktoberfest.
There’s typical food from Munich and the surrounding area, too, incluing grilled chicken with potatoes, German sausages, pretzels, etc.
Not the most typically Catalan delicacies, but it’s all tasty, and you’re sure to have fun!
A festive atmosphere
Unlike the Beer Festival, which is more focused on beer tasting, the Oktoberfest is all about fun. DJs and live music contribute to the festive feel.
There’s a special children’s area with budget-friendly attractions, so there’s plenty to attract families alongside the crowds of party-goers!
Top tip: Oktoberfest offers
There are often flyers available for special offers at Oktoberfest, so keep your eyes open!
- Access is free
- The festival is held at La Fira de Montjuïc (metro: Plaça Espanya, L1 and L3)
- Times vary depending on the date.
If you enjoyed your festival experience, then you’re sure to love Fàbrica Moritz, where you can taste Barcelona’s most famous craft beer.
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