Beer lovers mark your calendar! Basel will be hosting its 9th Basler Biermarkt, which will be held over the course of two days. On both days, beer lovers can taste numerous beers in a variety of different styles, including albino, dark, pale ale, smoked, strong, wheat, whisky ale, and more. This event offers small regional breweries a platform for presenting their beers, but there will also be beers from selected breweries from other regions of Switzerland and neighboring countries. Whatever your fancy, there will be pints (or actually liters) for every taste. Note, however, that not all breweries will be present on both days!
Several food stands and an attractive beer-garden setting also help to make this an enjoyable outing with friends. Located at Vogesenplatz near the Bahnhof St. Johann, the beer market can easily be reached by public transport with trams number 1, 2, 6, 8, 14, 16, and 21.
The event takes place in any weather; tables are either under the bridge or covered by a tent.
You will need to pay CHF 5 as a small basic fee and deposit for a beer market glass (which you can keep or return for a refund of CHF 2), and the desired amount of tokens at CHF 1 per token; they offer a “starter kit” of basic fee + glass + 15 tokens for CHF 20 (you can always buy more tokens later). Beer prices are from 2 tokens for 150 mL and from 4 tokens for 300 mL; food can be purchased with cash.