If you are passionate about beers and enjoy attending tasting events worldwide, then Belgium is the perfect destination for you. This beautiful European country is a veritable paradise for beer lovers. If you are visiting Belgium during anytime of the year, you will be amazed to find that beer festival is taking place somewhere in the country round the year.
Let us get a fascinating insight in Beer Tourism in Belgium. This information will prove to be valuable for you if this magnificent nation is your next vacation destination.
Beer festivals have mushroomed all over Belgium just in the similar fashion as myriad music festivals. Over the recent years this trend has only grown phenomenally. Some of the prominent beer festivals that you may consider attending in Belgium include Belgian Beer Weekend, Zythos Beer Festival, BAB Bruges Beer Festival, Christmas Beer Festival, Modeste Bierfestival, Brassigaume, Bierfestival Bier Anders!, and Bierpassie Weekend.
Gaining knowledge about each of these beer festivals will provide you great insight and keep you updated with all that these festivals have to offer.
Belgian Beer Weekend
Brussels has become a prominent destination for beer lovers from around the world. The city has been attracting beer lovers for the past 15 years. The Belgian Beer Weekend takes place in September every year. As usual, Belgian Beer Weekend will once again be held in Brussels from September 6 to September 8, 2014. Belgium is renowned world over for its beer production of nearly 450 different types. The Belgian Beer Weekend, which will be taking place in the heart of Brussels at the Grand Place, is the perfect destination for beer lovers to sample beers of various kinds in such a short span of time.
The Belgian Beer Weekend is a great platform to bring a number of breweries for presenting their finest selection of beers, flaunt different flavors, as well as demonstrate their beer-making skills. The event is a great opportunity to take part in several activities. These include celebration of the Patron Saint of brewers Saint-Arnould, the parade of brewers’ confraternities and bands through the city’s streets, the Brewers’ parade on the Grand Place, and a procession of beer wagons and historical brewery carts.
Zythos Beer Festival
The Zythos Beer Festival is held during the end of April every year in the city of Leuven. The venue of the festival is the Brabanthal exhibition hall. The beer festival here is a great attraction for local Belgians as well as tourists from across the world. The Zythos Beer Festival offers a great chance to sample some of the exclusive beers especially prepared for the occasion, which can be had from around 100 stalls set up at the festival venue.
Participating in the Zythos Beer Festival in the city of Leuven is indeed fun. The visitors are free to utilize the moment to visit the local restaurants to savor delectable cuisines and beer. The restaurants also offer traditional Belgian dishes paired with beer. Among several activities at the festival include a beer workshop, a beer walk, local Leuven beer stories, and beer tasting at Leuven’s home brewery of Domus.
BAB Bruges Beer Festival
The BAB Bruges Beer Festival, also called “Brugse Autonome Bierproevers Bruges Beer Festival”, is held in early February every year. The 2014 edition of the BAB Bruges Beer Festival was held on February 1 and 2. This year the festival was held at a different venue to the Beurshalle centre on‘t Zand, from its earlier venue at the iconic town hall at Belfort in the heart of Bruges.
This year over 77 breweries participated in the BAB Bruges Beer Festival. The visitors got the opportunity to taste 350 types of beer. This included 54 beers that were introduced in the year 2013. The visitors were offered 27 new types of beer introduced during this year’s festival itself. Among other highlights at the festival included demonstration of culinary skills by Bruges chefs using beer, and debates and lectures attended by renowned beer professionals and brewers. Many restaurants in Bruges also took advantage of the festival to offer discounts on food and beers.
Christmas Beer Festival
The Christmas Beer Festival is held in the picturesque village of Essen, which is located nearby the Dutch border to the north of Antwerp. This annual event is traditionally held during mid-December. This festival offers a fantastic chance to the local Belgians and tourists to taste a wide selection of Belgian Christmas and winter beers.
The visitors can utilize the moment to the fullest by tasting different types of special, wood-matured beers. The major highlight at the festival is the exceptional ‘glühkriek’, which is an ultimate winter warmer. The Christmas Beer Festival is a perfect event to sample at least 200 different types of beers, including 20 new kinds of beer. This particular time attracts a large number of beer lovers to Essen’s Heuvelhal exhibition centre from Belgium and other parts of the world.