Only craft beer is presented at the "Varosh beer" festival, which will be taking place in the "Peremoha" Park until Sunday.
Opening the event, Andriy Baloha, the Mayor of Mukachevo, said that although the festival is taking place for the second time, it can be said that it is the first true one, because now there are no industrial producers, it’s the festival of craft beer. On this occasion, he opened a barrel of a beer made specially for the holiday.
Mukachevo wants to become the Ukrainian beer capital and believes that there are all the prerequisites for this. After all, the legend of the festival has it that the first brewery in Ukraine was opened in Mukachevo, in 1701, on the order of Ferenc Rakoczy II, and then the tradition was continued by the counts Schonborn.
According to the head of Mukachevo TourInfoCenter Maxim Adamenko, 11 breweries are presented at the festival, each of which offers at least three types of beer; in total they have brewed over 20 tons of beer for the festival. White, red, dark – those are only formal differences, the range of beer is much wider: here you have a beer in honor of the Carpathian peaks, beer for "ladies" and "for real men". They stress that they make beer only with natural ingredients and according to the traditions of the sixteenth century.
During the festival days, there will be "Beer Olympics", lectures on brewing, children’s animations, a handicraft camp with master classes, a fair of souvenirs and traditional savory dishes, and in the evening there will be a concert. The "beer town" is open in the main park of Mukachevo from 11.00 to 22.00, the entrance is free. The only restriction encouraged by the organizers of the festival is to consume responsibly. It is expected that the festival will be attended by up to one hundred thousand guests, and it will become one of the most successful tourist events of the season.