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Bier Fest FAQ


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General Questions

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What is Bier Fest?

Bier Fest is a German beer festival at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia. During this event, guests can sample traditional German food, listen to live music, enjoy local craft beers and more.

When is Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Bier Fest is Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays August 17 - September 3, 2018.

Is Bier Fest included with park admission?

Yes, our beer festival is included with any park admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Do I need an ID to buy alcohol at Busch Gardens Bier Fest?

Yes, you must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Valid proof of identification is required and is implemented at each food and beverage location.


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Did you know? You can cut back the hassle and time of showing your ID for each beer purchase by getting a Bier Fest ID wristband? Pick up your free wristband at Cobblestone Ale & Spirits in England or in Oktoberfest village.

 

Note: Wristbands are a convenience and are not required for Bier Fest. Guests with wristbands may still be asked to present identification at individual locations.

Bier Fest Beer

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What kind of beer is at Bier Fest?

Bier Fest features more than 100 different beers from local craft breweries and from around the world. Beverage offerings rotate throughout our Virginia beer festival and are not all available during a single visit.


Note: Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required. Draft beers rotate throughout festival and are subject to availability.

When do the Bier Fest food and beverage locations open?

All food and beverage locations are open 12 pm - park close during Bier Fest. Please see park hours for more information about operating schedule and event dates. Bier Fest menu items are only available during this festival event.

Can I only buy sample sizes of Bier Fest beers?

No, Bier Fest beers are also available for purchase as a full size 20 oz. beverage.


If you would like to sample our beers, our Bier Fest Sampler will allow you to taste a variety of brews. Sample sizes are 4 oz. and are not available for individual purchase.


Note: Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required. Draft beers rotate throughout festival and are subject to availability.

What is a Firkin Keg?

A firkin is a type of keg, wooden or metal, used to produce unfiltered beer without nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. It is laid on its side and tapped horizontally, using only gravity to carbonate and push the beer out. With this, you get a naturally fermented and carbonated beer in a small batch.


Do you think beer tastes better when it comes from a Firkin Keg? Let us know on social media using #BGBierFest.

Bier Fest Samplers

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What is a Bier Fest Sampler?

A Bier Fest Sampler lets you choose from a variety of draft beers to taste (4 oz. samples) during our annual beer festival. Please see More Details for additional information.


Note: Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required. Draft beers rotate throughout festival and are subject to availability. Beer selections, entertainment, dates and times are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Event is included with park admission.

Where can I buy a Bier Fest Sampler?

You can purchase Bier Fest Samplers online or at any of our Bier Fest food or beverage locations in the park. Samplers purchased online can also be redeemed at these locations.

Where can I use my Bier Fest Sampler?

You can redeem your Bier Fest Samplers at the following locations:

•  Cobblestone Ale & Spirits – England

•  Grogan's Pub – Ireland

•  Any bar locations in Oktoberfest

•  Best Brezeln Und Bier (German Pretzels & Beer) – Oktoberfest

•  Brauhaus Craft Bier Room – Oktoberfest, inside Das Festhaus

•  Snack Hutte – Oktoberfest


Learn more about the breweries participating at Bier Fest this year. If you haven't purchased a Sampler yet, make sure to get it online or at the park and taste a variety of great beers!


Note: Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required. Draft beers rotate throughout festival and are subject to availability.

How big are the beer samples at Bier Fest?

A beer sample at Busch Gardens Bier Fest is four (4) ounces.

Do I need an ID to buy alcohol at Busch Gardens Bier Fest?

Yes, you must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Valid proof of identification is required and is implemented at each food and beverage location.


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Did you know? You can cut back the hassle and time of showing your ID for each beer purchase by getting a Bier Fest ID wristband? Pick up your free wristband at Cobblestone Ale & Spirits in England or in Oktoberfest village.

 

Note: Wristbands are a convenience and are not required for Bier Fest. Guests with wristbands may still be asked to present identification at individual locations.

  • Dates, times, pricing and offerings are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. See park hours for dates and times, events for available offerings and More Details on products for additional information. You may also contact us online or visit the Welcome Center inside the park.