Bergbierfestival - The taste of the Swiss mountains
The Engadiners organize world championship events. And not only in summer or winter during the main tourist season, but also in autumn and spring. This time there is something unique on the agenda for autumn. For one day, all Swiss mountain breweries that produce beer above 1000 metres will come together and organise a very special mountain beer festival.
A unique idea
Beer festivals are everywhere. But a mountain beer festival nowhere. And here in the Engadine mountains, home to three mountain beer producers (Bieraria Tschlin SA in Martina, Alpenbrauerei Girun in Tschlin and Pontresiner Brauerei), the initiators came up with the idea of organizing a mountain beer festival. Something new. Something unique. And entertaining at the same time. Where not only the festival site has a special ambience, but also all the invited breweries are special because they all come from the Swiss mountains and produce with mountain spring water.
|Early Bird until end of June||
|Advance booking 1 July to 23 October||
|Day ticket on 24 October||
|Box office in Tschlin, without hike and tasting||
Attention: limited number of participants!
Impressions of the first and second mountain beer festival
Hike with mountain beer tasting
The festival begins in Vnà with the mountain beer hike. From Scuol by post bus or shuttle bus the participants will go to Vnà. There you will find the first stand, where the guests will receive a festival mug in exchange for the entrance ticket and can taste the first mountain beer. The leisurely hike continues in the direction of Tschlin, on the Engadine high trail from one stand to the next.
The hike is 8.4 kilometres long, easy and with a great view. On the opposite side of the valley, the 3000m peaks of the Engadine Dolomites are piling up. And on this special day you will also learn how the Swiss mountain tastes, as all the mountain beer breweries produce with mountain spring water, which will be presented at the tasting stands during the hike. Until the festival area everyone can try some 25 different types of mountain beer and continue drinking their newly chosen favourite beer at the festival area in Tschlin.
Short facts about the hike
From Vnà (1630 m a.s.l.) via the Engadine high path to Tschlin (1553 m a.s.l.), 8.4 kilometres, 227m↑ and 338m↓. Duration: 2.5 hours, comfortable hiking boots recommended
Specialities from the region
Besides fine beers from all over Switzerland, the food comes from Bun Tschlin producers. Salsiz, cheese and pear bread can be tasted and bought during the hike, and a speciality awaits visitors on the festival grounds: for the first time, an ox from the region will be grilled on a spit.
The Mountain Beer Festival has invited only small mountain breweries that produce with mountain spring water from the Swiss Alps. From Tschlin to Zermatt and from Pontresina to Monstein, all mountain breweries are invited to present themselves.
And the following 25(! ) different kinds of beer were offered for tasting: Tschlin cler, Tschlin ambra, BE Weizen, Engadin Pale Ale, Lager, Märzen, Red Ale, Mountain Pale Ale, Monte Rosa, Matterhorn, Steinbock, Mungga, Huusbier, Wätterguoga, Arosa Sunna, Schanfigger Häx, 1800m IPA, Kirchlibräu, Bernina Bier, Gletscher Bier, Palü Bier, Bellavista Bier, Bündner Bier, Steinmändli Hopfentrophfen and Staila Alpina.
Reto Rauch, the manager of the Biereria Engiadinaisa and Bun Tschlin have been working for many years to make the municipality of Valsot even better known to tourists and with this mountain beer festival a new tradition is to be established.
Guitar and R'N'R
The Crazy Mofos are a genuine Bernese Oberland band. They like blues rock and dialect. They cover everything they like. Five of them bring the songs of their favourite bands and musicians on stage. And the names are Polo Hofer, Hanery Amman, Patent Ochsner, Tom Petty or John Mayer.
The band was born on Christmas 2010 during a jam session at the Interlaken club "Highlife". Since then, the Crazy Mofos have played around 100 concerts on larger and smaller stages in the Bernese Oberland region. The highlights of the five-piece band so far have included a performance together with Hanery Amman at the Kunsthaus Interlaken, a concert at the first Sagi Openair in Ringgenberg and a performance at the Lake Brienz Rock Festival.
At larger concerts, the Crazy Mofos are supported by a professional wind section with trumpet, saxophone and trombone, which makes the band's sound even more energetic and varied
Sustainability is written in capital letters
On this festival, there is a special entrance fee: each visitor of the festival buys a ticket and with this ticket, one gets a beer mug at the beginning of the hiking tour. From this mug, that becomes a souvenir or a collector's item, one drinks the whole evening. By this way, the event is also environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Detailed programme of the mountain beer festival from 23 to 25 October 2020
|17:00–19:00||Brewing course Bieraria Engiadinaisa
Registrations and information at www.bieraria.ch
|12:00–14:00||Shuttle every 30 minutes from Scuol (Scuol-Tarasp station) to Vnà, tickets available in advance|
Start window for the mountain beer hike with tasting of over 25 types of beer.
From Vnà (1553 m a.s.l.) via the Engadine high trail and the Warzenbeisserweg to Tschlin (1553 m a.s.l.)
10 kilometres, 277m↑ and 338m↓. Hiking time: three hours, comfortable hiking boots recommended.
|15:00–24:00||BERGBIERfestival in the gym in Tschlin with live music and Ochs am Spiess|
|22:00–24:00||30 minute shuttle back from Tschlin to Scuol|
|10:00–12:00||Brunch for the shareholders of Bieraria Engiadinaisa|