It started with five breweries and lasted one day. Now it’s counting 78 brewers, plus food, artisan stands, live music and a general state of brew madness. The annual Oktoberfest, held in the town of Malloco, just to the southwest of the capital, is a barometer from which we can see the growth in availability and fascination with micro and artisan beers in Chile.
In fact if the last two years are a guide, its reaching the point of being TOO big for the space that has traditionally been its home: Centro de Eventos Munich, a German social club and restaurant that made this Festival de Cerveza not just a reality, but a grass roots success.
The event kicks off on October 27th and runs through November 6th. If you can make it during the week, its highly encouraged because of the weekend crowds. This year you can buy tickets on FeriaTicket, Chile’s version of Ticketmaster. Highly recommended as well, in order to avoid the multi-block lines that can form at the event its self. Just be sure to buy for the exact day you want to attend.
Entrance for the event is 5000 pesos on the weekend or 3500 pesos during the week.
Check out the event website here.
Here is a list of participating breweries (in Spanish). It’s worth it to do a bit of research beforehand because you probably shouldn’t drink one from each, and not all beers are created equal. Plus there are many that are hard to find outside of this event.
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