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  • Beteltooth

    Those aren’t the top ten beer festivals. The list should really have been called ‘The top 10 Beer Festivals in the U.S.”. As a result of this oversight (thus ignoring the countless beer festivals in Belgium, Germany, the UK, Netherlands or Denmark which would knock the socks off the ones listed) I found this list incredibly irritating.

    • http://www.toptenz.net TopTenz Master

      It sounds like you may be the right author to create a worldwide list. Any interest? If we accept it, we’ll even pay you for your efforts.

    • TJ

      Hi Beteltooth,

      Have you been to the Great American Beer Festival or any of the others on the list? How many of the top European festivals have you attended? What’s your basis for comparison? According to the Guinness Book of World Records®, there is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on tap (2,200 in 2011). I’m no fan of our mass produced, mass marketed American beers but the craft/microbrew industry in the US has come a long way and offers some of the finest brews around. Colorado, in particular, is a hub of microbrewing in the US with well over 100 microbreweries in operation. Now I know that Belgium has close to 180 breweries but give us credit. They’ve been at it since the first millennium. We’ve only been working on ours since 1979.

      I can only speak from my experience with GABF and I think the title change clarifying these as US Festivals should quell some of the controversy but it also seems to me that there’s a difference between the kind of event an Oktoberfest represents vs. the beer festivals depicted here. The original Oktoberfest evolved from the festivities surrounding a royal wedding and only beers brewed within the city limits of Munich are allowed to be consumed. That’s 6 breweries. GABF is a different animal altogether and hosted over 450 breweries last year. The Canadian event is more similar to Germany’s than the beer festivals described here. The difference, I think, is that we’re talking about events that celebrate beer vs. celebrations where beer is consumed in copious amounts. Nothing wrong with either but I go to GABF to explore beer and Oktoberfest for the pageantry, costumes, wiener-schnitzel and, yes, I drink a few beers but the latter is not about the beer while the former is.

  • Xcal

    Is this list a joke American beer is dishwater compared to European beer. How can you have a list about beer festivals without the most famous of them all, Octoberfest! It’s like a month long.

    • BeerLoverForEver

      Whoa! No spitting on American beer. Americans love beer, period, and they love European beer no less than they love American beer. I guess the author should have put in the right title, but the article is not wrong in citing some of the best beer festivals in the world. Anyway, as Beteltooth says, from a world perspective, there are several beer festivals that are noteworthy. I’d love to see an article on those, preferably from the same author that wrote this article. Apart from enjoying reading about the beers and the festivals and the celebration of beer in general, a well written piece always gets my goat. So yes to more beer articles, please do cover world beer festivals, don’t leave out Octokerbest, and let’s have more beer talk and beer love on this forum.

  • oakXXIII

    rename this list…did you intentionally omit oktoberfest? cuz its awesome…even the one held in kitchener-waterloo, canada is pretty great…

    • http://www.toptenz.net TopTenz Master

      Agreed, the list has been renamed.

  • Guest

    The introduction said “top beer festivals of the world”, yet includes only festivals in the US.
    Whoever wrote this post needs to do some research, or at least realize that the US is far from the center of the beer world – Europe and Canada have huge festivals (Oktoberfest?) and endless microberweries to draw on.
    This list was a joke.

    • http://www.toptenz.net TopTenz Master

      Reread the intro we never said these were the top in the world. We said “Beer festivals are very popular around the world”. But I understand the confusion. I have retitled the list.

      • Guest

        You’re right, you did say “beer festivals are very popular around the world”, but that was followed by “of these beer festivals, the top ten are listed below” – suggesting the top ten of the beer festivals which are popular around the world…

        Just a short drive from the US border is Montreal’s Festival Mondial de la Biere, which brings in about 80,000 people every year. Kitchener-Wateroo’s Oktoberfest is huge (last year they had about 700,000 attendees)

        Despite my frustration with this list, I appreciate you taking the time to address concerns, and I love the site, by the way.

        • http://www.toptenz.net TopTenz Master

          Glad you like the site and hope future lists are more to your liking. They can’t all be winners for everyone.

  • Randy

    While I agree with the sentiments about the list before it was renamed it astounds me how much ignorance there is about American beer. If you base your opinion on bud light then yes it’s dishwater, same as European commercial beers.

  • andy

    sorry!!!…oktoberfest?????!!!!!!! what the…?????? get out of your pathetic little usa and see the rest of the world

  • jackdaniels63

    Try West Fest in West,Texas (not west, Texas) those Czechs sure know how to party!

  • Blu Ridger

    You should try the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, NC (voted Beer City of America two years running).
    Beer in America is the best in the world, not because of the major breweries but because of the
    craft brewers. In America you can get any style of beer made any where in the world. You are not limited to English ales, or Czech lagers, or even Belgian lambics. Here you can have it all, go around the world in 80 beers without leaving your favorite bar. Anyone saying all American beer is lousy hasn’t been paying attention to the American beer scene for the past 20 years.
    (Of course if you can get to Oktoberfest in Munich, GO!)

  • BeerLoverForEver

    I don’t know what you guys are cribbing about. I loved the article; it’s extremely well written and well researched. Just because the original title did not mention the United States’ name, does not mean that these beer festivals are not considered the top 10 in the world. I am not trying to be US-centric, my friends, but let’s face it. US beer festivals celebrate European beers in a big way too, and the article pays homage to that. I’d like to see more from this author. Perhaps what’s required is let the author know which beer regions should be included in the World’s Top 10. I’ve blogged and authored articles on many sites and I know it’s not easy to be 100% correct all the time, with the kind of research material that’s on the net now.

  • BeerLoverForEver

    I guess no one’s responded yet. What I’d like from the author is a nice, informative article about how beer originated, and what processes were used to get beer to what we know and love today. A little about about the different beer flavors will also be nice. I’d basically like to see tons of beer-oriented articles, being a beer lover and all. My wife and my sister both collect beer steins so a little about what kinds of beer steins were used historically and how to match beer steins with room themes would be nice. I’d also like to see articles on what kind of beer glass is used with what kind of beer. Maybe beer guzzling has become more of a randy pastime now, but to me, drinking beer the right way in the right glass with the right food is true and real appreciation of a fine ale. More articles, please, webmaster!

  • Joseph

    Might be helpful to list the city that these are in?

  • gilley75

    Anyone knocking the great american craftbrewers should really do their research especially when comparing them to European beers. Yes the Germans have and probably will always have the market for best beer. That being said alot of craft brewers use this as their stepping stone when formulating their own nectars. And who the hell said Canada? have you tasted their moose piss?

  • Robert

    Maybe beer guzzling has become more of a randy pastime now, but to me, drinking beer the right way in the right glass with the right food is true and real appreciation of a fine ale. More articles, please, webmaster!

  • http://www.vtbrewfest.com Laura Streets

    The information you have posted about our Festival- The Vermont Brewers Festival is incorrect. We are open to the public and there is no judging. We are an Artisan Craft Beer tasting Festival now in our twentieth year with over 10,000 attendees annually- produced by the Vermont Brewers Association.

  • Ramet in Dallas

    Addison TX has the largest Octoberfest outside of Munich. Why not have it on the list?

    • Joseph

      Actually, the largest is in Cincinnati, OH. Look it up.

  • CHFF

    Nice info.