Beer has been produced in Belgium since the Roman era. Currently, there are over 300 breweries in the country, and the Belgian Beer Weekend is a great occasion to see and try the best brews Belgium can offer. Held every first weekend of September in Grand Place (Grote Markt) in the heart of Brussels, the Belgian Beer Weekend offers 450 different beer samples.
The event, which originated over 20 years ago, showcases some of the best beer producers in the world, demonstrating their beer-making processes and their most acclaimed beers. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the vibrant celebration of Saint-Arnould, the patron of brewers. Brewers' parade through central Brussels with marching bands, music, brewery wagons, and carts is one of the highlights of the Belgian Beer Weekend.
The opening of the Belgian Beer Weekend takes place in Brussels’ Town Hall. After the official part and the parade, thousands of visitors can approach the stalls and enjoy a wide range of brews from small and large breweries. The event, which is organized by the National Federation of Belgian Brewers and the Knighthood of the Brewer's Mash Staff, boasts a great atmosphere with lots of historical costumes and music all around!