Hiking for Beer at Auf der Biersch
Beer + Hiking + Carinthia = Auf der Biersch! Every Autumn, the Hundsmarhof Guest House at the Dobratsch nature park hosts Auf der Biersch. Auf der Biersch is a beer tasting event with more than 30 beers available to sample. On top of all of the beers, there is also plenty of food made by the great team at Hundsmarhof. From Asian noodle stir fry to fried chicken to sweet cakes made from spicy chilis and beer, there is so much to taste.
Auf der Biersch is a three-day event that kicks off on Friday and continues through the weekend. Entrance on Saturday and Sunday is free with the option to buy a glass for beer tasting. At the kick-off on Friday, there is a fee for great live music and food. My husband and I hiked out on Sunday to spend the afternoon enjoying the beer and nature, it was fantastic.
The hike to Hundsmarhof is beautiful and the Autumn leaves add to the ambiance. I did not know this, but it is also possible to arrive at Hundsmarhof by horse-drawn carriage. I also heard that it is possible to arrange for a horse-drawn sleigh during the Winter. Talk about arriving in style!
We brought our trusty hiking companion, Laika the poodle, with us. It was nice to enjoy the afternoon in such a relaxed setting. There were plenty of heaters and fires to stay warm on the chilly Autumn afternoon. I loved the smell of fresh fire in the air. All of the great beer didn’t hurt either.
At the event, there was a brewer from Villacher Brewing present. He was doing demonstrations using a fire poker with beer. He explained, that it is possible to stir dark beers with a hot poker and it brings out the caramel flavors in the beer. It was amazing to see the beer smoke when the hot poker hit it, seems like a good idea to me.
On Sunday, the live entertainment was a traditional Austrian horn group. The music was very beautiful and they played traditional hunting calls with the horns. I love learning more about Austrian culture through the events I attend.
It was a perfect Autumn afternoon full of beer, nature, and great food. I look forward to going to Auf der Biersch again next year, it is definitely now a tradition for us.
Auf der Biersch Information
- Website: Information is in German http://www.auf-der-biersch.at/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AufDerBiersch/
- Location: Hundsmarhof Almgasthof, Almweg 51, 9500 Villach
- Free parking, hike is 1 hour each way