Beer abounds at Zythos Bier Festival

Beer abounds at Zythos Bier Festival

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

Like Germany, the beer culture in Belgium is one-of-a-kind. Forget the Coors Light and American-style Budweiser. Full of rich and complex flavors (not to mention a higher alcohol content), Belgian brews have a unique history. Combining the traditional German ingredients with French herb and spice infusions, many of the more popular varieties are actually made within the confines of Trappist monasteries.

If you’ve wanted to try the wide berth of Belgian beer, check out the Zythos Bier Festival in Leuven on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. More than 500 craft brews will be available for sampling from more than 80 local brewers. In addition to the hoppy deliciousness, there will also be tasty Belgian treats to complement the bold flavors of dubbels, tripels, quadrupels, saisons and witbiers.

Admission to the festival is free. Tasting packages include a souvenir tasting glass and eight tokens for samples. You can purchase the package at the event for 20 euros, or in advance online for 15 euros. Extra tokens can also be purchased. There is ample parking at Brabant Hall; however, public transportation is highly encouraged. A free shuttle will be provided from the festival to the Leuven train station in the city center.

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