Attending a beer festival is a great way to sample a variety of brews and explore different brewing styles. The world's largest beer festival is the Oktoberfest in Germany, although some argue that it is actually a folk festival and not a beer festival. Other important festivals in Bavaria include the Volksfeste in Nuremberg in spring and autumn, the Fürth Michaeliskirchweih (which has been held since the 12th century) and the Bergkirchweih in Erlangen, with the largest open-air tavern in Europe. The second largest beer festival in Germany and probably in Europe is the Cannstatter Volksfest, held at the Cannstatter Wasen, in the Bad Canstatt district of Stuttgart. In Canada, the Great Canadian Beer Festival has been running since 1993 and focuses on draught beers from the Pacific Northwest.
Smaller beer festivals, such as Oktoberfests, are common in Germany and are held throughout the year in most major German cities. All festival-goers are expected to voluntarily give a gift for every beer sample they receive. The Victoria Beer Society organizes the Grand Canadian Beer Festival, which is Canada's oldest beer festival. Israel also hosts several annual beer festivals, with the Jerusalem Beer Festival being the largest and oldest. At their peak, there were more than 40 breweries in the Detroit area and the malt silos still stand as a testament to its rich brewing history, making them the perfect setting for the Detroit Fall Beer Festival. Are there any special discounts for students attending these beer festivals? Tickets for these events are available through Vivid Seats.
Neither Groupon nor Vivid Seats own or set up tickets for these events. However, many places have Oktoberfests-style beer festivals that offer discounts to students. The Victoria Beer Society also offers discounts to students attending their Grand Canadian Beer Festival. In addition to discounts offered by specific festivals, many bars that are well stocked with hand pumps offer discounts to students who organize small festivals by quickly rotating guests' beers between them. It is always worth checking with local bars and breweries to see if they offer any student discounts.