We don’t need much of an excuse to enjoy a beer, but we think a festival such as Gäubodenvolksfest, based in Bavaria, Germany, is a pretty good one. We’ve (just about) forgiven the Germans for that “minor incident” earlier in the year, so it’s time to enjoy a couple of wheat beers.
Gäubodenvolksfest, one of the largest and oldest festivals in Bavaria after the Munich Oktoberfest, attracts around 1 million visitors, consuming an estimated 700,000 litres of German beer. Featuring beer tents from 5 breweries in the local Straubing and Straubing-Bogan districts, it’s a tribute to some of the world’s finest beers.
• Beck by Erl-Bräu, Geiselhöring
• Krönner by Irlbacher, Irlbach
• Lechner by Irlbacher, Irlbach
• Nothaft by Karmeliten, Straubing
• Reisinger by Arcobräu, Moos
• Wenisch by Röhrl, Straubing
We recommend donning a trachten (the traditional Bavarian costume), grabbing your beer stein and raising your glass to a more traditional brew. Yet Gäubodenvolksfest is much more than just a beer festival; it features plenty of family events, local food stalls, firework displays and Bavarian folk music. There’s also a wide range of fairground rides, including a large rollercoaster to compliment all the German beer you’ve just consumed.
The Gäubodenvolksfest runs from the 13th to 23rd August, and is definitely the place for any beer lover. To help you prepare for the event, we’ve got a wide range of drinking accessories, from beer glasses to beer books.
To appreciate your beer like a true connoisseur, we suggest opting for a specially designed wheat beer glass such as the Bavaria Weissbier Glass from Scott Zwiesel. If you fancy a slightly more traditional (and novelty) looking glass, try out the Glass Beer Boot or German Beer Stein Glass, which both hold 2 pints!
If you want to enjoy a beer at home, you can start perfecting your pouring technique with the Chambrer Draft Beer Dispenser, while the Beer Bag also comes in handy if you’re on the go. If you fancy brushing up on your beer knowledge, the 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die Book is packed full of information on beers and breweries from around the world.
In the meantime, we’ve even got some German beer facts for you to impress your friends with!
• There are over 1,000 breweries in Germany and over 50% of them are based in Bavaria
• The original text of the Reinheitsgebot only had three ingredients: barley, hops, and water. Yeast wasn’t mentioned for another 35 years
• In Bavaria, beer is legally defined as a staple food
• In Germany, some pubs charge a flat hourly fee for customers to drink all the beer or wine they want!
If you’re going to Gäubodenvolksfest this year, or have been previously, we want to hear your stories! Also, you might be able to tell us what this strange sculpture is? A hairy crown or a yeti from space prehaps?
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