The craft beer renaissance, which has been steadily building over the last several years, has brought much excitement to the Hungarian drink scene. It started small (with just a handful of products and a few places which sold them), but has grown quickly. This guided tasting, led by our beer expert, will fill you in on this progressing craft beer revolution, explaining how it started, the fascinating history of Hungarian beer, and what is to come. You’ll taste five beers together, paired with local artisan cheese and charcuterie.
There are micro-breweries (both larger ones and itinerant brewers) across the country, too many craft beers to count, craft beer festivals, bars (and trucks) dedicated to craft beer, and legions of loyal fans. These days there’s no respectable bar or restaurant in Budapest that doesn’t offer at least a few of the growing number of locally-produced craft beers. There’s everything from pale ale, stout, and wheat beer to a variety of fruit beers and local specialties such as a beer that used Tokaji aszú as an ingredient. Hungary’s brewers are a creative bunch, and that innovation not only includes the beer inside the bottle, but also the artistic labels and the specialized bars which are becoming mainstays of the Budapest nightlife scene. Held at our beautiful tasting room, this annotated tasting will put all of this into context for you. The tasting features top-notch Hungarian craft beer paired with a selection of the country’s best artisan cheese and charcuterie. It’s the perfect way to take a short break from a day of sightseeing. Just as we believe that wine is always better with food, so is beer. As our beer expert leads you through the tasting, regaling you with stories from the frontlines of Budapest’s craft beer revolution, you’ll enjoy a selection of the best local cheese and charcuterie (as well as some other surprises). We source our cheese and charcuterie directly from the country’s finest artisan cheesemakers and we buy our charcuterie straight from the farmers (including mangalica pork sausages, free-range water buffalo salami, smoked duck breast, and grey beef sausage). Cheesemaking is also undergoing a revival. During the Communist era in Hungary, the art of cheesemaking, was more or less lost and mass-produced cheese became the norm. These days hobby (as well as professional) cheesemaking is being re-discovered, but production is still on a small scale. Book this tasting to learn all about the exciting world of craft beer in Hungary, and the delicious cheese and charcuterie which pairs so nicely with it.
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Learn—In this annotated tasting you’ll learn about Hungarian beer history, traditions, and the current craft beer revival happening in Hungary. Meanwhile, you’ll be tasting some of Hungary’s best examples of beer, accompanied by local cheese and charcuterie.
Experience—Our tasting room is located in a vaulted wine cellar built in the 1860’s for an aristocrat who was in the drinks business. It’s a perfect setting to get an education in cheese, charcuterie, and local craft beer.
Taste—You will taste some of the very best cheese and charcuterie made in Hungary. The beer tasting will focus on local craft beers in a range of styles and flavors, which are rarely found outside of Hungary. This crash course will be include five generous portions of beer.
This tasting is available between daily at 6pm. Other times may be possible, on request.
Price: $35 USD per person
For larger groups or private tastings please contact us for a customized price proposal.
• This tasting is available between daily at 6pm. Other times may be possible, on request.
• Only available for groups of 6 or larger.
• The tasting is approximately 1.5 hours.
• The legal drinking age is 18 in Hungary, so anyone aged 18 and above is welcome to participate!
• Includes 4 kinds of cheeses, 4 kinds of cured meats and 5 beers
• Vegetarians are welcome, but please let us know in advance (so we can prepare alternatives)!
• This is not a tour, rather it is a guided beer tasting in which our beer expert will introduce you to everything you taste.
• You will receive tasting sheets so you can take notes.
• Our list of hand-picked favorite Budapest eating and drinking spots will be emailed to you after booking!
• BONUS: Get a 10% discount on all of the beer (and wine) products at The Tasting Table!
SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Budapest Grand Walk. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)!
LOCATION: This fun, interactive, and informative tasting is held at our tasting room—located in the heart of Budapest.