Czech Beer Festival in Budapest & Beer Festival in Budapest City Center – June 14-28 + June 6 – 10
For long centuries, Hungarian wine was world famous, and then there was poor Hungarian beer… A few fairly simple lagers that paled in comparison with German, Czech or Belgian varieties.
BUT. This actually changed for the much better when the craft brewery revolution reached Hungary a few years ago, dragging shitloads of artisan beer in its wake. Finally, beer lovers have stuff to look out for, and beer festivals can, at long last, celebrate something. Like beer specialties. Coupled with gastronomy. And concerts. Yay!!
That’s right, there’s two fun and free Budapest beer festivals to look forward to in June:
Downtown Beer Festival in Budapest City Center, 6-10 June, Szabadság square
The organizers used to host a similar event in the Buda Castle, but they decided that this year it has to be more central, greener and bigger (they really are offering a wider selection so it makes sense!).
Entrance is free, but to be able to taste, you’ll have to purchase a special pitcher on the spot. Breweries range from largest to micro, Hungarian and international – more than 200 types. Beer prices vary but they’re a good deal. There’s a special section called Craft Beer Street for connoisseurs, and plenty of quality street food from Food Trucks. Programs include not just the tasting of local and import beers and craft brews but also concerts with dozens of bands, tapping lessons and a chance to meet beer makers.
Location: Szabadság tér (Parliament Neighbourhood), district V.
Getting there: M2 metro Kossuth tér station, M3 metro Arany János utca station, tram 2 Kossuth L. tér stop (5-minute walk from each station)
Czech Beer Festival, 14 – 28. June, 2018
What better use for a rooftop terrace in summer than a two-week Czech beer festival? WestEnd Shopping Center (one of the nicer malls in town) right by Nyugati railway station hosts this event from 14 June all the way till the 28th.
This is the right place for you if you start drooling when you hear the names Purkmistr, Kout na Šumavě and Svatý Norbert. Entrance is free again but you have to pay for the food and drinks. Once again the beer specialties are not too expensive and definitely worth every forint.
If you’re not only into artisan breweries, well-known brands such as Primátor, Staropramen, Bohemia Regent, Břevnovský Benedict and many others will also be there. And Hungarian craft beers are also represented in the Magyar ház (“Hungarian house”).
The organizers promise a lot of traditional food and even alcohol beyond beers to taste and buy.
Location: WestEnd Shopping Center – Rooftop Terrace
How to get there: Tram 4 or 6, or M3, get off at Nyugati tér
If you come to Budapest in early fall, there’s also a Belgian beer festival taking place (September 1-2).