Sharon Reid


As the craft beer revolution soldiers on – craft beers’ popularity soared after the merging of giant brewery groups such as Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, who produce one third of the world’s beer -* craft beer festivals form an inevitable part of said revolution.

The UK’s first ever Belgian craft beer festival, Ales Tales Festival, founded by Belgian ex-pats, Nicolas Tondeur and Sayuri Kasajima, who currently reside in London. The festival takes place at Oval Space in Hackney – July 21st – 22nd.  Billed as an intimate event, beer lovers will be given a chance to sample Belgium’s unique beer culture – which doesn’t begin and end with Belgo! Ales Tales will host some of the finest breweries known to Belgium, from small batch micro-breweries including En Stoemelings, ‘t Hofbrouwerijke, Fort Lapin and De Leite, to larger well-known producers such as Brasserie de la Senne, Hof Ten Dormaal and Bertinchamps.

Each brewery will bring a selection of their finest beers from across the channel. The renowned Brasserie De La Senne will showcase their Brusseleir, Zinnebir, Taras Boulba and Bruxellensis. While Hof Ten Dormaal who are famed for the use of mixed fermentation with sour fruits, will bring four of their best beers.

To complement the copious amount of beer drinking, food will be provided by Fabrice Rocheteau. Fabrice has been cooking in some of the most notorious restaurants in Brussels. With 25 years experience as a chef, he’ll be on hand with typical national dishes such as ‘croquette de crevettes’ – shrimps croquette,  and ‘ballekes sauce liegeoise’  – meatballs with beer sauce.

Discussing the inspiration behind Ales Tales Festival, Nicolas Tondeur, Co-Founder and organiser said:

“We are proud of the fact that we have created Ales Tales Festival to celebrate everything that makes Belgian beer and food great. UNESCO added Belgian beer to its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016 so now we want to showcase our beer’s quality and diversity to the city of London, from the traditional ‘triple’ to the other sides of the beer spectrum. Expect some of the finest beers from Belgium that you won’t find in the UK.”

Stick your fingers up to the ‘man’ (giant breweries) and join the craft beer revolution. For further information please visit: Tickets from £35 purchased from: Design My Night.