Hello Christmas Beer Fans,
It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that there will not be a Christmas Beer Festival in 2020. We have postponed the decision whether or not to organize this year’s festival as long as we could but it is now the end of September and we had to bite the bullet.
For the moment it is allowed to organize indoor events with a maximum of 200 attendees. For the Christmas Beer Festival additional rules mean that everybody has to remain seated at a designated table, waiters and waitresses have to take orders and bring beer and wearing facemasks is mandatory. Under these circumstances we believe organizing a festival isn’t worth the effort. It would never be the cozy and convivial festival we are used to and financially it would be very difficult.
And then there is the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. Infection curves are on the rise again and it might very well be that come December the rules and restrictions have changed. Furthermore, we have an international public and different countries take different measures including travel bans and ever changing yellow, orange and red codes.
In order for you to enjoy a tasty Christmas beer during the festive season we will assemble Mystery Boxes of on average 3 liters of Christmas beer. The top 3 beers of 2019 will be part of the packages together with beers we already had in stock for this year. Starting October 10 you can order a package which you can collect in Essen on December 5. We are looking into shipping possibilities, more news on this later.
So unfortunately, no Christmas Beer Festival this year, but we hope to welcome you all back in 2021 at a fantastic festival with lots of delicious beers.
On behalf of the O.B.E.R. team,
www.ober.be - www.kerstbierfestival.be
Chairman O.B.E.R. vzw