If you are not familiar with Duckstein, it is one of Hamburg’s best home-grown beers. This beautiful strawberry blond beer is brewed at the Holsten Brewery and the locals are very proud of it. So proud, in fact, that every year there is a Duckstein Festival and this year, the 17th edition, promises to be one to remember.
The festival will be a heady mix of music, entertainments, delicious food and of course Duckstein beer. One of the highlights is the floating water stage on the Fleet which will have amazing live music from jazz and soul to disco and rock. Acts that have performed in previous years include Nathalie Dorra and Rolf Stahlhofen.
The entertainments range from street performers and acrobats to live theatre and there is plenty of audience participation. And you can stretch your legs by taking a leisurely stroll down the designer mile which is packed with interesting stalls with designer art works on show.
With more than 150,000 visitors expected to show up the atmosphere is likely to be very lively, especially later on into the evening. For updates and who is up next follow the festival on Facebook.
The Duckstein festival is at HafenCity which is really easy to get to and the festival closes each day at around 10pm. This means it is easy to get back to Generator Hamburg, head into town for a night cap or go to a club to keep the party going.
If you are really into the local brewery scene then try Groninger Braukeller just across the water on Willy-Brandt-Straße for a genuine local experience. Don’t let the small entrance fool you – this is a large bierkeller with plenty of room for everyone and usually everyone is there! Alternatively, the Hofbrauhaus on Speersort is another fun place with good food and even better beer.