Belgian Beer Weekend

Brussels, Belgium

Fri, 06 Sep 2024 - Sun, 08 Sep 2024

The Belgian Beer Weekend is an annual event held in the prestigious setting of the Grand Marche in Brussels. Organized by the National Federation of Belgian Brewers.

Event Information

Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2024 - Sun, 08 Sep 2024

Hours: 6pm - 10pm

Venue: Grand-Place of Brussels

Address: Grand-Place of Brussels Brussels, Belgium

About this Event

The Belgian Beer Weekend (Belgisch Bierweekend) is a beloved annual event held during the first weekend of September in the prestigious setting of the Grand Marche in Brussels.

Organized by the National Federation of Belgian Brewers, which comprises over 70 members, including most of the country's large and medium-sized breweries, the festival celebrates Belgium's rich brewing heritage.

In addition to offering a wide variety of beers, the Belgian Beer Weekend also features several award ceremonies. Notable Belgian beer ambassadors are often knighted during the event, recognizing their significant contributions to promoting Belgian beer and culture. These individuals can include beer exporters, chefs, sommeliers, journalists, and others who have played a pivotal role in showcasing Belgian beer on the global stage.

The knighting ceremony, conducted by the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mash Staff, is a highlight of the festival, adding a touch of tradition and ceremony to the proceedings.

The official opening of the weekend takes place at Brussels’ Town Hall, where dignitaries and beer enthusiasts gather to hear speeches and witness the spectacle of a parade of historic beer carts. The local fanfare company, dressed in historic costumes, adds a lively musical touch to the festivities, further enhancing the atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie. This connection between the Belgian Beer Weekend and the world of the brewers’ guild underscores the festival's deep roots in Belgium's brewing tradition.

The guild, which laid the foundation for today's Belgian Brewers’ Federation, still maintains its headquarters in the Brouwershuis at Brussels' Grote Markt, serving as a reminder of the industry's long and storied history.

After the ceremonial activities, brewers and their guests are invited to be the first to visit the festival's stands, where they can sample a wide array of offerings from small, medium, and large Belgian breweries. This presents an excellent opportunity for attendees to discover new brews, engage with brewers, and network with colleagues and industry peers.

As the gates open around 6 pm, the general public floods into the square, eager to partake in the festivities.

The Belgian Beer Weekend continues throughout the weekend, attracting visitors from near and far to experience the best of Belgian brewing culture in one of Europe's most iconic beer destinations.

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