Leuven’s reputation as Belgium’s beer city is constantly reinforced by the Leuven Beer Weekends. Over the course of three weekends in April, you will be served a itinerary overflowing with hoppy goodness, ranging from beer tastings, beer walks, beer workshops, and brewery visits to surprising pairings with tasty treats, including chocolate of all things! The Beer Weekends begin and end with a beer festival.
Leuven Innovation Beer Festival
The Leuven Innovation Beer Festival kicks off the Beer Weekends. Craft breweries from around the entire world present their most innovative beers here. Ancient traditions go hand-in-hand with innovation. You’ll see this time and again, in the brewing process, the ingredients, the techniques, the packaging, etc. Spontaneously fermented, unfiltered, organic, or vegan beers; come and taste them all. Hof ten Dormaal, located in the countryside surrounding Leuven, organises this fantastic festival. 2020 will mark this festival’s sixth anniversary.
- dates: 4 - 5 April 2020
- location: De Hoorn
- more info: www.leuveninnovationbeerfestival.com
Food & Hops
Food & Hops is an event at the crossroads of beer and gastronomy. Leuven’s best chefs will be dishing out some divine creations based on and combined with a specific beer. You can appreciate it with all your senses! To get a comprehensive experience, combine your visit with a unique workshop taught by beer professionals. A marvellous beer weekend where flavour and experience are key.
- Dates: 17 - 18 April 2020
- Location: Leuven city centre (location to be determined)
- More info: www.leuvenbeerweekends.be
The Weekends end with the Zythos Beer Festival, Europe’s largest Belgian beer tasting festival. Over 100 Belgian brewers will let you taste their 500-plus beers at this festival. Both the big, established breweries and the smaller, less well-known brewers will all be at a single location. You lease a 10-cl tasting glass, buy a bunch of jettons, and trade these in for beers tapped at the stands of your choosing. 2020 will be the 17th edition of the Zythos Beer Festival.
- Dates: 25 - 26 April 2020
- Location: Brabanthal (special buses will run from/to Leuven station and centre)
- More info: www.zbf.be
More beer experiences: beer weekend trips
You can expect a lot of other activities during the Leuven Beer Weekends: beer tasting walks, brewery visits, beer workshops, beer golfing, etc. Do you want to see the Stella Artois Brewery in action? Then take the brewery’s interactive tour, which will guide you past the beer coppers and bottling lines. You can also join a guided tour every weekend throughout the year. The beers served at Brauhaus Domus flow straight from the brew-kettles to the taps in the brasserie. A guide will explain the entire brewing process to you. The beer experts from Leuven Leisure-Beer Hop will take you on a tasting journey through some of Leuven’s best pubs or take a bicycle ride to an artisanal brewery just outside the city.
Naturally, during the Leuven Beer Weekends, you can also enjoy some tasty dishes based on beer served with matching beers, before heading back for a great night’s sleep in a hotel or B&B. Discover which beer bars and beer restaurants have a table open for you.