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The First Winter Beer Festival
It is no longer necessary to pilgrimage to the Czech Republic for a good indoor beer festival: this year, for the first time, we can indulge ourselves with a cavalcade of beers at Hotel Gellért on February 19-21.
Source: press release
Best of Budapest online | February 15, 2016
Because a beer is more than just a beer, be it either 40 degrees Celsius outside or as cold as the Arctic, a mug of beer is always the perfect excuse for friendly chats, rewarding tiring days and kicking off  unforgettable nights. Jointly organized by Serfőző (Beer Brewer) and Danubius Hotel Gellért, the beer festival offers almost 100 handcraft beers. During the three-day fest visitors can taste excellent products of local Hungarian and international brewers, and become fully acquainted with English, German and Czech beer culture on special theme days, without having to leave one of the nicest hotels of Budapest.

Exhibitors present more than 100 types of draft and bottled beer, including Barbár, Blanche de Bruxelles, Bohemia Regent, Corsendonk, Floris Kriek, Delirium, Serkentő – Franzberger Brewery, Sümegi Brewery, Abbey of Zirc Manufactury, Guinness, Kilkenny, Bombardier, Primátor, Bernard, Bigfoot Brewery, Maissel’s Weisse, Csíki Beer, Fót Handcraft Brewery, Wells & Young’s Brewery, Robinson Brewery, Brewdog, Flying Dog, Oedipus, Opat, Pardubicky Porter, Postřižinské, Satan, Hedon, Legenda and listing might go on.

Although beer in Hungary is commonly referred to as „liquid bread”, a few bites to accompany it will come in handy. The assortment of 'Pub Dinner' is the perfect solution, so the Gellért Brasserie invited Budapest pubs – including Élesztő, Importer, Léhűtő and Marionett – to feature their food and beer specialties. László Héjja, head chef of Hotel Gellért will also  prepare delicacies and a beer brunch will also await guests.

Programs

This beer festival is not only about sipping on beer: visitors can celebrate Eszter Horváth, the best beer drafter of Hungary and Csaba Katona, the highly acknowledged expert of „beer historic sciences” who offer an entertaining beer tasting, while learning how Mihály Fabók, sommelier of restaurant Gundel views beer, as a representative of the 'opposing camp'.

Gellért is always ready to experiment with novelties. For this festival, chilled beer specialties will be accompanied by mulled beer. Obviously, no beer festival can get away without a beer drinking competition, but beers will also compete for the hearts and votes of the malt loving public. Athletes of the sport called 'lifting beer mugs' will be entertained by the orchestra Madarak, especially tuning their instruments on the English, German and Czech days to the beers of the featured nation.

As the saying goes, “Anything can be a beer opener”. At the exhibition of the Hungarian Beer Article Collecting Club, visitors can view all objects inspired by the foamy drink, including interesting beer openers and antique beer bottles.

Pre-purchased daily festival tickets cost HUF 2,490 and it is worth buying them in advance, as they cost HUF 2,990 on site, while the three days pass costs HUF 5,990. Each ticket comes with a beer mug with a logo, which is filled by the gift beer of choice on one occasion at the festival. Pub Dinners cost HUF 9,900, the price of the Beer Brunch is HUF 7,990 - and these tickets also include entry to the beer festival.

Tickets are available at Jegymester.hu, in Serfőző Beer House at Corvin sétány, and at the reception of Hotel Gellért. For more information, visit the festivals's website.


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