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Zythos Bierfestival 2024 (Zythos Beer Festival)

22 April 2023 - 23 April 2023


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The Zythos Bierfestival (Zythos Beer Festival) (ZBF), has moved to Kortrijk. Unfortunately, it has been announced there will be no Zythos beer festival in 2024. We will update these pages when news is known of the 2025 festival.

One of Europe’s biggest beer festivals, the Zythos Bierfestival will host more than 100 Belgian brewers with well over 500 different Belgium beers. The Belgium beer styles include:

Primeur beers” are those beers that are presented for the first time to the public.

“Exclusive beers” are the ones that have been brewed specially for the festival and won’t be available after the festival ends.

“Gluten free beers” are a handful of brands which, you guessed it, are free of gluten.

There will also be a good range of trappist beer and new wave of Belgium craft beer. The festival provides an excellent tour of the beer of Belgium.

Zythos bierfestival

All cheers at the Zythos Bier FestivalThere will be 88 Belgium beer stands where you can exchange your pre-paid tokens against your favourite beer. They are served in ten-centilitre tasting glasses in an effort to promote quality over quantity and to avoid over-consumption. During the festival, eight local Leuven breweries will open their doors for visitors and there will also be beer walks through this historical university town.

A list of Belgium beers at Zythos can be found here.

If you like Belgium beer festivals, pencil the Bruges Beer Festival into your agenda for February next year.

Some 15,000 visitors are expected, and since UNESCO has in 2016 added Belgium’s beer culture on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the last couple of years have also seen an increasing number of foreign beer lovers finding their way to the Zythos Bierfestival. After all, this is where you can try the largest number in the world of different kinds of beer in Belgium.

Zythos bierfestival
Zythos Beer Festival

If the many choices on offer make you somehow feel overwhelmed, then you can seek advice with some beer experts who will gladly give you a few pointers based on your questions. You’ll find them at the centre of the hall.

Visiting Belgium? Read our Essential Belgium Travel Guide.

Note that the festival operates a no smoking policy and doesn’t serve beer to anyone under 16. There’s a stand with non-alcoholic beverages for if you’re lucky enough to have found a designated driver or for those unfortunate below-16 kids.

Where is the Zythos Bierfestival 2023?

In 2023 it will take place in Kortrijk (see address below).

When is the Zythos Bier festival?

This Belgium beer festival will take place on 22 and 23 April, 2023.

The Zythos Beer Festival is held in the beautiful town of Leuven, photo Mark Bibby Jackson

How much does it cost?

To enter you buy a starter pack which includes a tasting glass and booklet, as well as 10 tokens. This costs €26 for one day or €31 for both. Additional tokens cost €1.60.

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More information on the Zythos Bierfestival 2022:

Check out the organisers’ official website which includes a list of all the available beers as well as transport information etc.

Photos unless specified supplied by Zythos Bierfestival.


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Freelance writer, translator, web content developer, author of the novel Phnom Penh Express and Tommy, a short story. Johan has travelled extensively since leaving his native Antwerp. He has lived in Taiwan, West Africa, Central Asia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Thailand, where he now lives. Loves trying out local brews but tends to avoids noise. Chronically indecisive about where to lay down his hat.

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