Beer lovers from all over will converge on the small West Flanders town of Vichte on 6 and 7 March for the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF), named after the brewery in nearby Moen.
The festival will be attended by 15 of the most innovative and interesting micro-breweries from seven countries, five of whom made the world top 100 list compiled by Ratebeer recently. They’ll be offering 148 beers – 69 bottled and 79 on draught. The most popular type: sour beers with 30 examples, followed by IPAs (23) and Imperial stouts (16).
So as not to show any favouritism, we’ll just pick out one beer for special mention. Amitié is a beer brewed by De Dochter van de Korenaar together with Jef Janssens of Hof Ten Dormaal. Jef’s brewery was severely damaged by fire in January, leading fellow brewers to rush to his aid.
Apart from a crowdsourced rescue fund (http://www.gofundme.com/jrqdkg) there was also an action by De Struise brewers of Oostvleteren and two collaborations, one with De Dochter and another with De Molen. Jef will be serving Amitié at ACBF, and you’ll be able to make a donation on the spot if you haven’t already.
In other news: catering at ACBF will be by Brussels beer restaurant Nuetnigenough, offering three dishes (one of them vegetarian) paired with the right beers. Visitors will also be able to line their stomachs with bread by Stijn Vanderdonckt, Belgian champion baker and silver medallist at the recent world championships.
Finally Belgian Beer and Food’s Women and Beer issue will be launched at the festival. Come over to our stand to pick up a copy.
Alvinne Craft Beer Festival, 6 & 7 March at Bierhalle Deconinck. Bostraat 37 in Vichte, from 14.00 to 22.00 on Friday and from noon to 21.00 on Saturday. WATCH OUT for public transport restrictions on Saturday if you’re not coming by car. Details on the website.