Lonely Planet Writer

Discover a different side to Lisbon with a beer festival that kicks off with a 'Beer Mile'

If you happen to be in lovely Lisbon between 16-24 September and are fond of polishing off a pint or two, you’re in luck. You can get acquainted with the very best of Portuguese craft beers at the second ever Lisbon Beer Week. Tickets are just €3 and include a reusable cup to responsibly taste the 54 different brews on offer.

A Beer Route (Rota das Cervejas) will take you around a prescribed route to taste local beer. Image by Lisbon Beer Week on Facebook

You can also witness or partake in the ‘Beer Mile’ – a fun run where participants stop every 400 metres for a beer (that’s four cold ones if you’re struggling). And simply showing the cup at any of the participating venues will gain you exclusive offers and discounts for the good stuff. The craft beer scene in Portugal is relatively new but locals have begun to shift their interest from the usual, mass-produced Portuguese beers to the new artisanal brands that have been popping up around their capital city. Fifteen national breweries of varying sizes will be the official hosts of this event, and guided tours of the distilleries will be offered during the week-long celebration.

Besides the much-anticipated Beer Mile (registration starts at €15 per person and is open until 20 September), a Beer Route (Rota das Cervejas) has also been designed to wind you and your environmentally-friendly cup through all the participating beer oases at a more leisurely pace. The event will culminate in a three-day Beer Festival involving the launch of a brand new brewery, live music and other beer-related delights!

You can download the official Lisbon Beer Week mobile app (available for iOS and Android) if you’re a fan of organised fun and to find out more about Portuguese craft beer.