Amongst the sweet rolling hills of the Siennese countryside, rises the village of Bibbiano - not more than a couple of houses. It is in the direct neighbourhood of Buonconvento, in a valley that has been an ongoing inspiration for poets and painters.
In this years, however, it was not only be the enchanting landscape that will astonish the traveller, fortunate enough to pass by, but also its inhabitants: brewmasters from Europe that proudly will display their knowledge and products for him.
The "Villaggio della Birra" (Beer Village) was set up in 2006 designed to juxtapose, in a "special" location and (provocatively) in the middle of a wine growing region, the brewing industry of two countries, Belgium and Italy, the former the emblem of centuries-old tradition, and the latter one of the most important exponents of the "rebirth" of craft beer in Europe. It takes many months (and patience!) to organise but when the three-day festival draws to an end, it always leave a drop of nostalgia, because we know that we will have to wait another 365 days to experience it again.
Twelfth edition of the International Festival of Artisan Breweries will take place on September 8th, 9th and 10th 2017. Buonconvento.Siena.Tuscany!