This year, the city of Turnhout is due to welcome the Brussels Beer Challenge. Turnhout is seen as
the capital of the Antwerp Kempen, with many tourist attractions and beautiful natural
surroundings. The city is famous for its history, rich folklore and cultural life. Turnhout is also a lively city due to the numerous events held all year round. Such a vibrant location makes the perfect setting for hosting Belgium’s leading beer-centric event.
And last but not least, for all those who love gastronomy and the art of fine living, this is the place to be – the many restaurants and cafés offer a broad-ranging choice with something for everyone.
The tasting sessions will be held on October 29/30 & 31 in the prestigious ‘Paterspand’ in the centre of Turnhout.
About the Brussels Beer Challenge
The Challenge brought a prominent international competition to Belgium. Although there are
already acclaimed competitions elsewhere, it was only fitting that Belgium should offer brewers
across the globe a representative, yet independent trade venue to compete against one another.
For three days, a panel of 100 renowned international judges will assess the 2,000 competing beers. These will be grouped in consistent flights based on their origin, typicity and style and will be judged according to strict, objective criteria. The finest beers in each category will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.
The Brussels Beer Challenge offers a unique opportunity for brewers from across the globe to compete with the finest Belgian beers.
Some facts and figures: BBC 2022
• 1,800 competing beers.
• Beers from 41 different countries.
• 85 professional, international judges from 31 countries.
• Nearly 12,000 glasses of beer served and judged over 3 days.
• Despite the terrible war, Ukraine won two awards.
• Belgium continued to rank first with 82 awards.
• As runner-up, the Netherlands garnered 35 awards.
• Tripel remained the most popular style with over 100 entries.