Invitation: Budapest Beer Festival, Castle District, 13 - 16 June

  • 14 Jun 2013 9:10 AM
Invitation: Budapest Beer Festival, Castle District, 13 - 16 June
The 3rd Beer Festival in the Buda Castle plans to make around 200 types of amber brews within easy reach. Aiming to delight fans of 'liquid bread', the event will showcase specialty ales from craft breweries, plus apple based alcoholic beverages will also be on show in a 'Cider Grove'. Together with the best Hungarian breweries and local lager factories, the world’s beer super-powers are also set to participate. Thirsty international festival goers can keep themselves cool with English, Irish, Belgian, Czech and German beers available for tasting. Continue reading for program and price info, and to see a video from last year.

Invitation from the organisers:

"Three is said to be 'the Hungarian truth', and this is the third time when the Beer Festival in the Castle District occupies the beautiful terraces of the Castle. Between the 13 and 16 of June, visitors can try 200 types of beers, traditional flavours produced by Hungarian factories, high-quality drinks of craft breweries and specialities imported from all around the world.

Guests can taste the rightly famous bitter honey of the Fót Craft Brewery, the special elderberry porter of the Brandenecker Beer House and the plum and wheat beer of the Stari Brewery. Two new craft drinks come out at the festival: the honey millet of the Millet Beer and the Elixír 18, a beer made of herbs by the Gyertyános Brewery. This year, ciders will play a highlighted role. Guests can try the best drinks made of crunchy apples at the Cider Grove.

“According to our experience, visitors of the gastronomy festivals in Hungary are more and more open to special Hungarian flavours. There is an increasing number of people who, besides traditional brands and imported beers, look for the products of craft breweries, too.

The fact that beer dinners unthinkable without special tastes are gaining popularity also shows that customer habits are changing. Gastronomic beer consumption in Hungary is still young, but it is on the right track and develops very fast. Our stated purpose with the III. Beer Festival in the Castle District is to support this process and promote Hungarian breweries and quality draft beers. For us, quality is king and this attitude helps us reach our goals and provide regular customers of the festival with a good service,” said Dániel Kurucz, one of the main organizers of the Beer Festival in the Castle District regarding the goals of the event.

According to the Association of Small Breweries, participant at the four-day long festival, quality drinks have to be promoted also in the capital and displaying their products is beneficial for beer gastronomy. “It is and outstanding opportunity for craft breweries that they can be present at the Beer Festival in the Castle District. We are happy to promote premium quality Hungarian craft beers this year too and to show the public our products brought to perfection with hard work over the years.

Developing the beer culture in Hungary is unthinkable without the expertise of small, family breweries,” said György Vaskó, president of the Association of Small Breweries.

Guests can consume the tastiest beers from the usual 0.4-liter mugs paying a deposit, while beer fans with the desire to experiment can also opt for 0.2-liter portions. To make the service easy and fast and take the quality of the festival to an even higher level, organizers implement a card payment system. Daily tickets cost HUF 1999, which, unlike at Hungarian festivals in general, includes the price of the first beer.

This year, the Beer Festival in the Castle District purchases products and raw materials though a revolutionary new online system called, which enables the order and comparison of products.

Festival goers can enjoy many entertaining programs this year, too, such as the concerts of Charlie, Ganxta Zolee és a Kartel, Mystery Gang, ZUP, Balkan Fanatik, the Joe Cocker Coverband and the Doors Memory Band. Humor fans can síp their beers listening to the shows of Dumaszínház."

Opening times:
Thursday: 14:00-02:00
Friday: 12:00-02:00
Saturday: 10:00-03:00
Sunday 10:00-24:00

Detailed program


Daily ticket: 1999 HUF, which includes your first beer

Festival ticket: 6000 HUF, which also includes your first beer and provides you unlimited access during the four days of the festival.

Tickets are available at Ticket Express offices and through Eventim. Online purchase:

Free entrance for children under age 6 – only with parents’ custody.

How to get there


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