The Modeste Bier Festival is an annual event organized by The Antwerp BierCollege. It’s the perfect occasion for beer lovers to get together and celebrate the weekend experimenting new flavors. Several breweries and family brewers from different cities participate in the festival – more than 30 -, which is a great opportunity to try new beers that you wouldn’t easily find, even because most of them are very crafty and impossible to get at the supermarket.
The event is pretty new, the 6th edition happened in 2016 (on the first weekend of October), and, just like in the other years, the brewery De Koninck held it. The festival happened in an indoor space close to the brewery, and an extra tent was positioned in the outside area, with more breweries. I’m glad there was a big indoor space because the weather was crazy, a boring rain from time to time.
Here’s how it worked: When I got to the festival I bought the official glass (€3) to taste all the beers I wanted, and each tasting cost €1. So, you choose the brewery and the beer you want and hand your glass. You don’t have to buy tokens; you pay directly to the brewery. When I paid for my glass, I already got the little book of the event where all the participants were listed, just because it’s nice to know what you are drinking and the history behind it, right?
The first one that I tried was a Tripel from De Pimpelmeesch Brewery (Netherlands); then one from Van Eecke (Belgium) called Kapittel Abt, which was pretty strong, by the way. And the list goes on. I also tasted an organic beer from Brasserie Dupont (Belgium), and an Old Ale called Ardenne Spirit from the Brasserie de Bastogne. The main point for me was to try some different beers that I wouldn’t drink anywhere else. Mission accomplished! Well, besides all the breweries, there were some finger food spots to keep you away from getting too drunk – which was a big challenge!
There was also a space full of prizes; I loved this part. I went there thinking that it was a souvenir store and I wanted to buy a cute tray from De Koninck – I saw some people with it. But then they told me that the tray was a consolation prize for those that couldn’t win the real award, beer bottles. So, I played trying to lose because I really wanted the tray. First time I won, I got two good bottles for €1 (the price to play). The second time I lost, and finally got what I wanted. It was an awesome game because you could get some great prizes paying just a little.
Check it out the pictures from the 6th Modeste Bier Festival
The event is super fun for beer lovers, or just for local festivals lovers. Check it out the official website for the next events. See you there! Cheers!