What better reason is there to throw an annual festival than to celebrate all the fantastic Belgian beers that are, and ever have been brewed. The Belgian beer Weekend is put together by the National Federation Of Belgian Beers and showcases the very best of Belgian beers and is one of the 6 alternatives to Oktoberfest for beer tasting in Europe. Throughout the weekend the celebrations involve not only the appreciation of Belgian beer as we know and love it but also the history behind it. On the second day of the beer festival, historical brewery carts and beer wagons are gathered for a glimpse at the beer brewing timeline.
‘A collection of Belgium’s leading breweries both small and large’
Small, medium and large breweries from across Belgium attend the festival as vendors to promote their beers, tell their stories, and network with other professionals in the industry. The weekend includes parades and bands marching through the streets of Brussels as well as several award ceremonies. Individuals that play a vital part in the world of Belgian beer are often knighted by the Knighthood Of The Brewers, although this particular session is for invited guests only.
Top festival tip: for those of you who aren’t regular Belgian beer drinkers remember to pace yourselves. Belgian beer, as tasty and smooth as it is, is also pretty strong. The Belgian beer weekend has so many varieties of Belgian beers that you’ll kick yourself if you aren’t able to taste a majority of them.
What could be better than a Belgian beer festival?
Answer – a free entrance Belgian beer festival, yes that’s right, the Belgian beer weekend is free to enter. The beer tasting will, of course, be charged but there is no admission fee for this event.
The next Belgian beer weekend will be held on Friday the 6th of September 2018 and will finish on Sunday the 8th of September 2019. The event will officially kick off at 6 pm on the Friday evening and will end at 9.45pm. Starting on the Saturday at 10 am the beer drinking will continue right up until 8.45pm. The final day of the festival is on Sunday and begins at 11 am and closes its doors at 7.45pm.
The Belgian beer weekend will be held at the Grand-Place of Brussels in the city centre. It is easily accessible with several regular public transport links and is surrounded by a multitude of hotels.
Being a city filled with finesse, the accommodation options in Brussels are fit for royalty. Elegant hotels are spread throughout the city centre with most containing spas, gyms, and bistros. Even the simple guesthouses that line the streets have a touch of glamour to them.
The Belgian Beer Weekend may affect accommodation prices for the dates of the festival in which case more budget-friendly hotels and apartments can be found on the outer edges of the city. Groups are often able to grab a bargain for self-catered apartments both in and out of the city.
Head to the map below for all the hotels, hostels and Airbnb’s in Brussels.
Belgium’s capital city is home to many archaeological wonders. The pristine streets are filled with impressive buildings including that of The Old England Building. Formerly a department store, this fascinating structure features an extraordinary façade and is now a historical instrument museum.
No visit to Brussels is complete without a trip to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Here you can reminisce about the childhood cartoon of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and read the tale of the stolen Madonna statue. Brussels Royal Palace is open during the summer months where daily guided tours explore this majestic building. Walking the streets of Brussels will present many museums, a selection of bars and cafés, several attractions, and if you haven’t already had enough, various Belgian beer tastings.
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