We're in a moat: Franconian Beer Festival

We're in a moat: Franconian Beer Festival

by: Courtney Woodruff | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: May 23, 2016

Imagine yourself sitting around a large, wooden picnic table with your family, friends and maybe even a few strangers. You’re relaxing and enjoying good food and company while sipping cold ones from steins at Europe’s largest beer garden… in a moat.

Yes, a moat.

Held in the canal that once served as a defense system for Nuremberg Castle, this year’s Franconian Beer Festival is paying homage to the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot — or German Beer Purity Law — from May 25 through 29. Mandated in 1516, the first law of its kind demanded that only water, barley and hops be used in beer production. Later, yeast was added as a fourth authorized ingredient, and, today, sugar can be mixed into top-fermenting beers.

If you hadn’t noticed, beer is kind of a big deal around here.

Along with live music by local artists, culinary delights and activities to keep the kids entertained, 40 local breweries will come together to offer more than 100 different kinds of beer throughout the long weekend. Admission is free.

For more information, visit tourismus.nuernberg.de or en.franken-bierland.de.

While you are there, why not make a vacation out of it and do some exploring around the area? Nuremberg is a beautiful Bavarian city known for its Renaissance architecture, Nazi relics, gingerbread and Christmas markets. I recommend visiting St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Justizpalast), Nazi Party Rally Grounds (Reichsparteigelande) and the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Tags: beer, festivals, fests, Nuremberg, castle, moat, Franconian Beer Festival, Reinheitsgebot, Bavarian Purity Law, German Purity Law
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