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The Night of Great Thirst
24 April @ 19:00 - 25 April @ 00:00
Kerkstraat (behind the church)
1701 ITTERBEEK (DILBEEK)
Our traditional lambic beers are unique. Nowhere in the world, except in the Pajottenland and the Senne Valley, one can find such a concentration of breweries which still practice the ancient process of spontaneous fermentation. Lambic and Gueuze are part of the heritage and history of the Pajottenland. The festival aims to promote these beers both at home and abroad, and is also known to draw the attention of the local population on the unique character of these regional products.
The International Gueuze & Kriek Festival of the Payottenland, better known as the Night of the Great Thirst, is organised every two years. The next edition will take place on Friday, April 24th, 2020 in Itterbeek (Dilbeek).
Visitors can savour Lambic, Gueuze, Kriek, Faro, Framboise and numerous other Lambic beers from all producers of the Pajottenland and the Senne Valley (Boon, Cantillon, De Oude Cam, De Troch, Den Herberg, 3 Fonteinen, Girardin, Hanssens, Lambiek Fabriek, Mort Subite, Lindemans, Oud Beersel, Tilquin and Timmermans) will be presented. As was also the case during the previous three editions, attention is also paid to foreign beers, which are also produced according to the process of spontaneous fermentation and with a coolship. These beers are not Lambic beers, but they can be considered as distant cousins of the brews of spontaneous fermentation of the Pajottenland and the Senne Valley.
Show your flag!
The Night of Great Thirst was from the very beginning a truly international beer fest. Gueuze lovers from the US and the UK were at the cradle of the first edition. In 2020 we will celebrate 16 years Night of Great Thirst. And we would like to show the local people that it is a real international gathering of lambic enthusiasts. So bring your country’s flag and let’s make of the 9th Night of Great Thirst a colourful event!
Admission to the festival is free.
During the festival, tokens are being sold. These tokens are valid for the purchase of beers, tasting glasses, t-shirts…
Draught beers are sold by the glass. Behind each counter is indicated how many tokens are needed to buy a specific beer.