Well, the title reveals everything. It’s all about the beer at this outdoor festival. Take a large number of brewery stands, give people plenty of seats and tables, and wait for things to take their natural course…
- Over 40 Austrian breweries present their products to an adoring audience
- Food also available, as well as musical and other entertainment
- Good way to taste your way through the regional beers of Austria without leaving the city
- 2019 dates: May 22-26
- See also: Craft beer festival | Events in Vienna
The Wiener Bierfest
Austria is a land of mountains, lakes, and snow. And what do all the folk do when they come down from the mountains, out of the lakes, and off the snow? They go for a beer.
Beer is part of the country’s fabric and always with a heavy dose of regional loyalty. Local breweries brew for the local population, even if some of those regional beers can be found throughout the land.
And once a year, many of these breweries club together for the Wiener Bierfest (Vienna beer festival) on the Am Hof square in the city centre.
The list of breweries represented at the festival reads like a who’s who of the Austrian beer scene: the big “corporate” breweries like Stiegl and Gösser, major private breweries like Ottakringer, and smaller craft brewers like Salm Bräu.
The organizers of the beer festival expect over 40 breweries in 2019, showcasing around 240 different beers.
And while sales of the golden nectar form the centrepoint of the festival tents and stands, there’s plenty else to keep us visitors happy.
For a start, you cannot live from beer alone (and believe me, I’ve tried). So there’s plenty of local food to go with the local beers.
Second, there’s musical entertainment for the mornings and evenings. Among the highlights for 2019…the Wieselburg brewery band and the blues band of the municipal transport authority.
Third, enjoy the occasional show on stage, such as a cooking segment, a guest appearance by Austria’s champion beer sommelier, and various official tappings of a new barrel. Cheers!
2019 dates and tickets
The beer festival opens its doors from Wednesday, May 22 to Sunday, May 26, opening 11 am to 10 pm (8 pm on the final day). There is no entrance fee – just wander around the stalls at your leisure.
How to get to the beer festival
The earliest rulers of Vienna made their home on Am Hof, which tells you just how central (and old) the square is. It’s a few bites of a Sachertorte from the cathedral, for example, and a popular location for markets and festivals.
Subway: Pop on the U3 line to Herrengasse and walk across. It’s also not far from Schottentor (U2) or Stephansplatz (U3 and U1)
Tram/bus: The centre is tram-free, but the 1A and 3A buses go to Schwertgasse (or take the 1A or 2A to Herrengasse)
Address: Am Hof, 1010 Vienna | Website