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Beer Festivals 2024 – the Beer Idiots list

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The Beer Idiots’ festival and special events calendar is full of great events in Belgium and nearby. However, a few names have fallen off the list, notably Zythos as the organisation has a re-think on its direction.

Don’t forget the Beer Idiots’ Belgium Beer Week. If you are are bar, brewer or event holder sign up for a great week 25 August – 1 September to celebrate Belgian beer culture in imaginative ways.

If we have missed any, do not hesitate to contact us at info@idiots.beer.  

It’s gonna be another incredible year of meeting people, all for you. 

2024 Festivals and events

February 23-25: Week-End Bières Spéciales à Sohier

Sohier puts on the 30th edition of this festival featuring about 100 beers, making it one of the oldest beer festivals in Belgium. It is a bit out of the way in Wallonia so plan your trip accordingly. Facebook.

This expo featuring 50+ exhibitors is being held at De Koninck brewery from 11-19h. It is hosted by Becomev, which also runs the Brussels Beer Challenge. 

March 9-10: Mechelen Beer Festival

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A fun festival held in the town’s historic square. 

March 16: Lichtaarts Bierfestivalblank

About 100 beers are on the menu at this local fest in Lichtaart. Everyone is welcome on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at the Ligahof in Lichtaart from 2 p.m.

March 23-24: The Beer Experience

In 2022 we went to the inaugural edition of The Beer Experience at the old colliery buildings in Heusden-Zolder (Limburg).  The festival combines craft beer with music, talks, and food surrounded by the historical equipment of the former coal mine. It features some of Belgium’s best craft and artisanal breweries. Not to be confused with the Beer Experience expo held in February.

March 30: Kastels Bierfestivalblank

Set in Kasterlee, this festival is organised by Kastelse Biervereniging, a group of homebrewers who have produced four beers so far.

April 12-14: Hoppe International Craft Beer Festblank

This  festival features cans and bottles of Belgian and international beers and encourages bottle sharing at the GC De MARc/kT in the center of Merksplas.​

April 19-20: Fest’ IPA

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This celebration of IPA styles features about 50 beers and is held at La Nef in Namur, Belgium.

April 20: Zwanze Day

Cantillon is now holding Zwanze Day every two years in alternation with Quintessence. Zwanze was cancelled in 2023 and is being held in 2024, followed by Quintessence in 2025. Zwanze day marks the release of a special geuze at the same time at selected bars in Belgium and around the world. In the video Jean Van Roy, Cantillon’s owner and brewer, speaks about the reason he started Zwanze day. 

April 27: Koerselse Biermarktblank

The Koerselse Biermarkt is held in Beringen, Belgium and offers 100 beers to taste and entertainment, including live bands and an annual football tournament.

April 27-28: Twisting the Fate 2024

He may have left us in 2022, but the spirit of Armand Debelder lives on at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen in the people and in the brews. Twisting the Fate is always and incredible event at the brewery and in the sunshine (most years). You get to taste limited edition lambics that have been aged on different types of wood. That is you can normally only drink them at the brewery at Lot (Beersel). 

May: Summer Beerlovers’ Festival

This festival in Liège features 20 brewers showcasing 150 craft beers. Check their Facebook page for regular updates and the actual date in 2024 (it was not set when we made this entry in January).

May 2-4: La Cité De La Bièreblank

Held at the Musée de la Vie Wallonne in Liège, this festival features local brewers in the area and a few international ones. Keep track on Facebook.

May 3-5: Poseidon Beerfest 2024blank

This first festival is hosted by Poseidon Beers at Puurs-Sint-Amands. This beer festival is organised by Poseidon Beers, voted ‘Best beer trade of the year’. 

May 4-5 2024: Toer de Geuze

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These are the days when the geuze and lambic brewers and blenders open their doors to the public. Expect bus loads of people from all over the world touring these breweries, some of which only open to the public for the event.

May 5: Great Breweries Marathonblank

You can walk or run the marathon or 25 km course, which features a run past Duvel Moortgat, Bosteels Brewery and Palm & De Hoorn breweries. Yes beer is served during and after. And you collect a beer package to take home. A Duvel awaits you at the finish. It all starts at Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

May 12: Beerlovers Marathon 2024

blankThe Beer Lovers’ Marathon is a running race and a 42.195-kilometers party. The theme this year is prohibition, the era of the roaring ’20s. Get dressed up and run. There will be 16 Belgian beers served along the route and afterwards. Facebook.

May 26-30: EBC Congress and Brewers of Europe Forum 2024

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It’s not a festival, but a font of knowledge and a gathering of the best brains in brewing. The Beer Idiots went to the Forum in Prague in 2023 and found it’s a great platform to take the pulse of brewing in Europe and around the world. This year it is a joint EBC Congress and Brewers Forum, hosted by the EBC and the Brewers of Europe in Lille, France.  Facebook.

June: Maldegems Bierfestival

This one day festival is held in Maldegems by the Waterbek social club. It was held last year in June. 

June 21-23: Bier Aan Zee 2024

blankBeer by the Sea seems to be a new festival in Middelkerke. We wait to see which brewers they feature!

August: Bier Van Olier

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This one-day festival is held in Sijsele, Belgium. No date has been set for 2024 yet.

August 17: Gents Bierfestivalblank

This is mainly a bottle and can festival, however a few craft brewers also show up to pour some great beers. It’s a nice event put on by the city’s passionate beer club. Facebook.

August 24-25: Leuven Innovation Beerfestival

Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal hosts this exclusive festival every April. It is truly a festival of discovery as the Janssens invite only the brewers they love and who are cutting edge. Keep track of their Facebook page to find out when and where.

August 26-September 1: Belgium Beer Week 2024

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Yep, the Beer Idiots have to put on a festival, and this celebrates Belgian beer here in Belgium and across the world. Events are put on by the participants themselves, of which there are hundreds in Belgium, the UK, Austria, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Korea….the list goes on. Bars, brewers and event holders can participate by signing up here. Check our Facebook page for updates.

September 6-8: Open Beer Days

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Open Beer Days are for everyone: young and old, beer lovers and families says 3 Fonteinen. Where: lambik-O-droom, Molenstraat 47, 1651 Lot. When : Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September: 12PM – 8PM.

September 6-8: Belgian Beer Weekend

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The date has not been officially announced yet as of January. Held at the Grand Place in Brussels by the Belgian Brewers association, this event features parades, bands and pomp among the 50 or so breweries serving beers to about 61,000 visitors over the weekend. 

September 7-8: Wanderlust

 This Brussels festival, held by the Brussels Beer Project, will be held again at Place Sainte-Catherine. 

September 14-15: Brugs BierFestival

This festival BBF24 will be the sixteenth edition and takes place in the Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre in the city centre with +/- 70 breweries and beer companies featuring 500 beers.

September 28-29: Dag(en) van de Oude Geuze

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Held at Streekproducten Centrum (Regional Products Centre) in Halle by De Lambikstoempers beer club (to which I belong) it features bottles from every brewer and blender of geuze and lambic in Belgium, served up by club members. You will also find a lot of the brewers holding court over the two days. The Beer Idiots are usually among the last to leave it’s so good. A fantastic fest in a parking lot that’s not to be missed.

September- October: BXLBeerFest


Kevin Desmet, co-organiser of the BXLBeerFest, speaks about brewers and friends and bringing everyone together at Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium. The beer festival attracts  about 60 brewers. Check Facebook for info when the dates are set. See our photos here.

Sept.- October: Modeste Beer Festival

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Held with in Antwerp around the first weekend in October  by Antwerps Bier College at iconic city brewer De Koninck, this festival features beers from about 25 small Belgian breweries. No date has been set yet but you can keep track at the unofficial Facebook page.

October 4-5 2024: Ood Bruin Fest

What is Flanders red ale? We were at the `t Verzet’s inaugural Ood Bruin Fest in Kortrijk to taste the many varieties of the style, which has evolved in many branches (and sometimes even oak leaves) from the early days when Rodenbach developed the style (also known as Flemish red-brown). The festival attracted 23 other brewers from Belgium and around the world to show their variations on the style. Check out  our photo gallery of the festival taken on  8 October 2022. Tickets are now on sale at the site. Facebook.

October 12: Bierhappening

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This festival is held in Vijvers, Zottegem by the local beer club. So far they have just listed the date in their calendar.

October 12-13: Brassigaume

Grégory Verhelst of Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles hosts the lovely festival Brassigaume in Marbehan. It’s well worth the trip.

October 18-20: Hoppy Days – Liège Beer Festival

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A hundred Belgian and foreign beers at the Palais des Congrès de Liège.
 
 

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This festival is held in Poperinge, the centre for many of the remaining hop farmers in Belgium. This lovely little festival is held in the square near the Hop Museum and combines traditions with some of the best known and iconic Belgian brewers in the area (hint: including the nearby Trappist brewer). 

October: Festibière

No date has been set yet. The fest features more than 20 breweries around a hundred local and craft beers to taste at the Foyer communal de Gembloux.

October: Herentalse Bierfeesten

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November 8-9: Billie’s Craft Beer Fest

Tickets go fast at Stéfan Cauwenbergs’ world-famous Billie’s Craft Beer Fest  at Waagnatie Expo & Events, in Antwerp, Belgium. It is one price and what you can taste. Certainly, it is not to be missed. Facebook.

November 9-10: Bière a Lille (BAL) Le Grand Final 2024

We list this here as it is such an incredible festival and showcase of French and international beer. They even have a special section for Belgian brewers. Video: Nicolas Lescieux of  l’Échappée Bière, one of the organisers of the Bière a Lille (BAL), talks about the growth of craft beer in France and takes us on a walk among some of the brewers. The festival hosts events from 4-10 November with the beer fest on the weekend at Gare Saint-Sauveur.

November 30: Winters Bierfestival

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Winters Bierfestival is organised by Waregemse Biervrienden, a group of friends that have been brewing together in Waregem, where the festival is held. It features 11 brewers this year.

December 14-15: Kerstbierfestival, Essen

Kerstbierfestival ends the year with some heavy beers and drinking in Essen. Tickets run out fast as the space is limited and it is one of the great beer events in Belgium. Some 200+ Christmas beers are featured. Tickets presales from September 1.

2025

Internationaal Geuze & Kriek Festival (Nacht Van De Grote Dorst) 2025

Also known as Internationaal Geuze & Kriek Festival, this fabulous festival celebrating geuze and kriek is held every two years at a fabulous bar in Dilbeek. It is one of the great showcases of geuzes and lambics.

Zythos Bierfestival (suspended)

Zythos was cancelled in 2024 due to ‘organisational’ reasons. Let’s hope it is on in 2025. With more than 500 Belgian beers on offer, the Zythos Beer Festival is the largest showcase in the world for the made-in-Belgium brand. 

Tilquin British Beer Festival 2025


Pierre Tilquin puts on a fine festival for two days in Rebecq (Bierghes), Belgium. It is usually held every two years, so don’t miss this one! It is an excellent coda to a month that includes Zythos and Leuven Innovation. About 15 British breweries are usually featured. Keep checking the Facebook page for this year’s beer list, and tickets (which run out fast).

Aarschotse Bier Wandeling

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Held in Aarschot this festival involves taking a pub walk around the town. You choose your own route and go on a beer discovery. You can taste more than 45 different beers spread over the participating bars. You can return your full card to any participating catering establishment to participate in a draw for a prize.

July: Namur Capitale de la Bière et du Terroir Festival, Namur (suspended)

Namur Capitale de la Bière et du Terroir Festival features a mix of  traditional family-run brewers, bigger brands that produce lots of suds, and craft brewers. Co-organised by Emilien Watelet and Sébastien Legrain, it’s Wallona’s largest beer festival, in a part of Belgium that does not feature a lot in the geek calendar.

May: Festival de Gueuze

Held in Aalst. It is hosted by Kultuurcafé De Gaadvis.

June: Swafff! (suspended)

This festival is a Brussels’ favourite run by Grégoire Rifaut of Dynamo – Bar de Soif and Sébastien Albanese of Le Barboteur. 

July: Dok Brewing Festival (suspended)

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This lovely festival at Dok Brewing in Ghent is a chance to taste some innovative beers from Belgium’s finest craft brewers and some international ones. It’s Dok and friends and we love them all. No date has been set yet.

August: North Sea Beer Festival (suspended)

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We are not sure if this festival is being held anymore (we could not find a way to contact the organisers). However a festival on a beach in Oostende is a fantastic way to end a summer. Keep checking the link above to find out whether it revives after being cancelled in 2020.

September: Dag van de Lambiek 2024

This is an event held at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst bar/cafe in Lennik, Eizeringen every two years.

 

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