Some of the Phoronix coverage this week from the 2011 Berlin Desktop Summit included:
Thanks to the German organizers, the Desktop Summit 2011 was also taking place during Berlin's annual International Beer Festival.
The Internationales Bierfestival 2011 featured a record-setting two kilometer long biergarten, 18 musical performance stages, 300 breweries offering around two thousand different beers, and over 800,000 visitors. There were dozens of German and Bavarian breweries, along with others from around the world, including Heineken, Corona, and other non-Reinheitsgebot Scheiße producers. At this year's event I focused on benchmarking the remainder of the Bavarian/German breweries I have yet to experience, which I achieved except for just two or three of the breweries, due to running out of time when mixing it with the Desktop Summit. The official top-5 Phoronix ranking from the event (to not much surprise for any long-time Phoronix readers) is: Augustiner Hell, Stiegl Paracelsus Zwickl, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Kloster Andechs, and Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Naturtrüb. (There is also a bottle of "Kartoffelbier" from the event, except I haven't had the courage to try this potato beer yet so it remains packed away, but I digress.)
It was a great event, but certainly not as great as Oktoberfest, but there's just over one month anyways until it's time for Oktoberfest and the annual Phoronix beer meet-up.