Craft beer enthusiasts, mark your calendars. The BXLBeerFest is back, and it promises to be an international celebration of artisanal brewing like no other. Over the course of two days, from September 30 to October 1, approximately 60 breweries hailing from various corners of the globe will converge at Shed-1, located within Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium.
The fifth edition of the festival will shine a spotlight on a diverse range of beer styles, from Geuze and lambic to IPA, pils, stout, and, of course, craft beer. This year, the BXLBeerFest will take place at the same time as the culinary event EAT, which will unfold from September 28 to October 1 at Gare Maritime. The two festivals are set to form a unique synergy, creating a bridge between the world of brewing and the world of gastronomy.
The organizers have a clear mission in mind: sharing the passion that fuels these breweries, a passion for crafting authentic and high-quality beers, and giving “Brussels the place it deserves at the top of the list of the best beer cities in the world”.
Visitors to the festival will be spoiled for choice with a selection of around 250 beers. Among the participants are Belgian breweries such as Cantillon, Brouwerij d’Oude Maalderij, Hof ten Dormaal, Gueuzerie Tilquin, and Brasserie de Blaugies. Importantly, the BXLBeerFest focuses exclusively on small craft breweries, all of which proudly wear the badge of independence while producing top-tier craft brews.
As part of the collaboration between the two concurrent events, EAT will feature a curated collection of Brussels’ finest beers. Furthermore, attendees who purchase tickets for one festival will enjoy a discounted rate for the other. The integration goes a step further, as a dedicated BXLBeerFest bar will be nestled within the Eat Festival, making it more convenient for visitors to explore both worlds.
The open-air terrace will serve as a vibrant link connecting the two festivals, offering an engaging and relaxed atmosphere for attendees to savor the delights of both craft beer and gourmet cuisine. This year’s collaboration with EAT Festival ensures that both beer and culinary aficionados can come together to revel in the pleasures of their respective worlds.
The entry price is €22 if purchased in advance, €25 on-site, giving access to both days of the festival. It includes 6 tokens (each valued at €1.50), a festival glass and a festival map with a beer menu, while supplies lasts.
For those with a hearty appetite for exploration, additional tokens are available in a pack of 10 for €15. This option does not include festival entry and tickets must be purchased separately.