Hello Christmas Beer Fans,
During the first months of 2020 we thought this "Wuhan flu" was something far away and it would be gone soon. It turned out we couldn't have been more wrong. The virus was renamed Covid 19 and soon it had turned the whole world upside down. The measures it takes to avoid the virus from spreading, killing people and making friends and family ill were against everything we stand for: Staying at home, keeping distance, closing of bars and restaurants, no gatherings... Of course we understand why these rules are necessary, nobody wants his loved ones to die or get sick by contaminating them with the virus.
We've made the most of it during our lock down, having online meetings and tastings, and promoting a fine beer everyday on our Facebook page, but now we have to look further.
At the moment bars are open again and meetings with up to 15 people and indoor events up to 200 people are allowed, but the situation is far from normal. There are still a lot of rules to deal with and there might be a new outbreak of the virus later this year. We don't know, the gouvernment doesn't know and the team of experts don't know.
We can't assume the 2020 Festival will take place in normal circumstances and we hope for your understanding. At this point we can't see how an event with 900 international visitors each day could safely take place in december. There will be no vaccin available yet, so we believe keeping distance from eachother will still be the rule and the least we can say is we have to downsize the event.
At this moment the only wise decision we could take is to postpone the pre-sale of tickets for the festival to at least Octobre. We also can't take the risk to start ordering beers when the festival might have to be cancelled, so everything is on hold. we hope for your understanding.
We will keep you posted on our blog, by our "Kerstbiernieuws"-mailings and on our Facebook.
Have a beer and keep it safe an healty,
On behalf of the Festival team,
www.ober.be - www.kerstbierfestival.be
Chairman O.B.E.R. vzw