O.B.E.R. (Objective Beer tasters Essen Region) organizes its Christmas Beer Festival every year. For two days visitors can taste about 200 Belgian Christmas and winter beers. This year’s festival is December 20 and 21 in Essen, Belgium.
While plans are still in the works, the Kerstbierfestival has announced a list of confirmed Christmas beers for 2014. Twenty draft beers and 3 special beers brewed for the festival join 140 others. Here’s what the festival had to say about some of the special gems:
For our 20th festival we have not less than 3 festival beers of our own. Not new, but we still have a supply of last years bronze medal winner Kempisch Vuur Oak Aged 20 years O.B.E.R. bij brewery Pirlot. Furthermore we have ZomerKerst (Summer Christmas). Launched last summer for our 20th anniversary and brewed by our board member Werner „3vaten” Mertens @ brewery Boelens. Perhaps more of a thirst quencher on a hot summer day than a winter warmer, but very nice to clean your palette after a sweet Christmas beer. Our third Jubilee beer is a real stunner! Stille Nacht Reserva 2013. Especially for O.B.E.R. “Mad Brewer” Kris Herteleer arranged a new wine barrel from the French region of the Languedoc to age his prize winning beer Stille Nacht on for 8 months. the result has 12% in alc/vol and hints of cognac and wood. Exclusively to try at the festival, from keg as well as bottled. The bottles are however not for sale, not at the festival, not at the brewery. (by the way: the complete 225l brew is in our hands, so no need to stalk Kris Herteleer for it. )
It’s no secret that Stille Nacht is my favorite Christmas beer. A Stille Nacht Reserva 2013 only available at the festival is worth the price of admission!
The full list of beers are here: http://www.kerstbierfestival.be/lijst.htm