So what’s goes on at this festival?
Each brewery opens a marquee for merrymakers, just as they do during Oktoberfest.
Unlike the autumn festival, it’s not an all-day affair – the tents open at around 6 pm, so there’s plenty of time for sightseeing before you start ordering your first Stein.
Expect to leave before midnight – it’s a local celebration, not a wild party.
True Starkbier must be made within the Munich metropolitan area – the most popular brands come from four of the city’s main breweries, Paulaner, Löwenbräu, Augustiner and Unions.
They brew small quantities, just enough for the short spring season.
Munich Strong Beer Festival is a celebration of all things Bavarian, not just a tribute to ale.
As with Oktoberfest, brash oompah bands fill the tents with the din of drinking songs, while waiters and waitresses put on traditional costume and carry up to ten Steins each.