In early February, Bruges will host the 11th edition of the Bruges Beer Festival. More than 700 breweries take part in the International Beer Festival, and you can sample over 300 beers.
The Bruges Beer Festival 2018 takes place on Saturday 4 February from 12.00 to 22.00, and on Sunday 5 February from 11.00 to 20.00, in the Bruges town halls (below the Belfry), on the Market Square and on the Burg Square.
Access to the festival is totally free. No tickets are required.
If you wish to sample delicious beers, do the following.
Packages can only obtained in the lower hall of the Bruges Town halls.
Either buy the basic package of 15 Euro and receive postcard N°1.
This package contains 1 exclusive 2018 sampling glass – the extensive festival guide with a description of all beers present - 5 tokens – access to the toilets.
Or buy a duo-package of 30 Euro and receive postcard N°2.
This package contains 2 exclusive 2018 sampling glasses - the extensive festival guide with a description of all beers present - 11 tokens – access to the toilets.
You can purchase additional tokens at the various points of sale at a cost of € 2 per token. This corresponds with 15 cl of beer which you are served at a brewer of your choice.
Do not forget:
The postcard is stamped, so it can be filled in and personalised. After that, you can deposit it in the special post box, and the BAB vzw (Bruges Independent Beer Tasters) will send them to the address you indicated!
After your visit, you can take the festival glass home as a souvenir of the 11th Bruges Beer Festival, or you can bring it back to the information stand, allowing BAB vzw to sponsor various charities by 3 Euro per returned glass.
(Translation from Dutch (Flemish): Annemieke Blondeel)