Not Just a Festival

September, 8-10. Buonconvento. Siena. Tuscany
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Until 12th Edition

Festival

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!

Edition 2016

10500 litres of beer in the village in three days last year. For whoever was there, we have nothing to add (or remove) to what each person has been able to experience: in this case, the experience of each person is the sole criteria of truth. Everyone has "his" Village; We add, luckily. For whoever was not there, it is useless trying to attempt to reproduce the sensations, feelings, atmosphere: this can't be done through the keyboard of a pc, you run the risk of creating just one low quality substitute, or worse.

Also this year we tried again to introduce you to those who, in our opinion, with their produce, are helping to enrich the quality of the productive world of homemade beer, people who, first of all, have already made us feel their extreme humanity throughout these years. The Village is a real festival, not just a trade show, launched to celebrate our friendship with many Belgian brewers and then extended to other brewers, as happens in true friendships. Our selection starts from this, accompanied by a thorough consideration of the production quality of the individual Brewers, which, like every year, will be a pleasure for you to..try.

From Italy: Creativity

Olmaia, Canediguerra, Hammer, Retorto, Hop Skin and Etnia.

From Belgium: Tradition

Alvinne, Blaugies, Boelens, Cazeau, De Dochter Van Der Korenaar, De Ranke, Den Hopperd, Den Triest, Du Brabant, Fantome, Glazen Toren, Hof Ten Dormaal, Kerkom, de la Senne, Sint Canarus, ‘t Hofbrouwerijke, Verzet.

Europe & USA - New FRONTIERS

BFM (CH). Kees (NL). Ales Agullon and Guineu (SPA). Against the Grain, J Wakefield Brewing, Other Half Brewing, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Prairie (USA). Beawertown (UK). Dunham (CAN). Σολο Your Cretan Craft Beer (GR). Sour Corner: Birroteca The Dome (ITA).

Agenda

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.

This year, we can wait any longer: we are preparing a series of events, both in Italy and abroad, to make the wait less ... bitter!

Campi di Birra.

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Italian Grape Ales Festival in Villa Montalvo - Campi Bisenzio (FI). www.campidibirra.it

Campi di birra

"Enotria", the land of wine. This is what ancient Greeks used to call Italy, the place from which they brought wine to Olympia to offer it to the winners of the Olympic Games. A land that has vineyards and wine embedded in its DNA — a "genetic inheritance" that couldn't be ignored by those determined soldiers that are the Italian brewmasters, considered to be among the most inventive and talented in the world. They weren't the first to play with grapes, using their fruits, the must or the sapa: the "game" was started by Belgians and Americans, but Italians brought it to another level and did "more" and "better" with it. So much better, that in 2015, the Italian Grape Ale style (IGA), had its consecration and official acknowledgment, as it appeared in the Style Guidelines, the "bible" of beer, published and updated every year by the American BJCP.

The IGA is an emergent style, perfectly in line with the genuine youth of the Italian brewing movement, that has limits and characteristics that are intentionally flexible. The beers that belong to this style can use grapes in the form of fruit or must. The specific aromas of the grapes used every time must be recognisable, but without overpowering the other aromas —even the beer colour or its alcohol volume can differ from time to time.

It is a new (brewer) world, in a progressive expansion, that from the footsteps of the earlier experimenters has seen various and interesting experimentations, favoured by the enormous wealth and variety of the Italian ampelographic heritage. We now find beers that use the musts of Vermentino, Freisa, Timorasso, Croatina, Cortese di Gavi, Fortana, Barbera, Aleatico, Verdicchio, Sangiovese, Aglianico, Moscato grapes in proportion; beers in which the sapa (Cannonau, Nasco, Malvasia di Bosa, Vermentino di Cagliari) leaves its unique imprint; beers that are enhanced by the moscato and barbere's marcs....

From all of this comes this festival.

Breweries

  • Birra Amiata (Arcidosso – GR)
  • Birrificio Artigianale Barley (Maracalagonis - CA)
  • Birrificio Birranova (Triggianello - BA)
  • Birrificio Brùton (San Cassiano di Moriano – LU)
  • Canediguerra (Alessandria)
  • Birrificio dell’Elba (Portoferraio - LI)
  • Birrificio dell’ Eremo (Assisi – PG)
  • Birrificio l'Olmaia (Montepulciano -SI)
  • Sagrin (Calamandrana - AT)
  • Birrificio Sorrento (Massa Lubrense – NA)
  • Birra Toccalmatto (Fidenza – PR)
  • Cantillon & BFM Corner
  • 2nd Villaggio Belgian Edition

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    Second edition in the Belgian land, in the beautiful farm of Brewery Kerkom (Kerkom-bij-Sint-Truiden). 5 Italian and 10 Belgian breweries (who will alternate in the two days), workshops, homebrewer contest, music and a corner of Tuscany with our cuisine: brazier, meats, cheeses. The Village is home, wherever it is. (Cit.)

    villaggio della birra belgian edition

    With the Patronage of Italian Embassy in Bruxelles

    12th Villaggio della Birra©

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    12th Edition of International Festival of Artisanal Breweries. For whoever was there, we have nothing to add (or remove) to what each person has been able to experience: in this case, the experience of each person is the sole criteria of truth. Everyone has "his" Village; We add, luckily. For whoever was not there, it is useless trying to attempt to reproduce the sensations, feelings, atmosphere: this can't be done through the keyboard of a pc, you run the risk of creating just one low quality substitute, or worse.

    "Speaking of civilization". At the village the only way to do it, is, to sit (or even stand in a quiet corner) and more or less speak pleasantly, especially about beer and beers but also about this and that. This is a dimension that many people have pointed out to us, with obvious pleasure. This is one of the added values that people who attend the village have given this event/occurance, increasingly characterized by the people attending, as well as the beers that you can find. We would be right to say, completing the phrase that belongs to someone else, that "good people drink good beer", which, in turn, makes people really good people.

    Having become an international reference point, the Festival selects and invites only those producers that with their produce, are contributing to enriching the quality of the production of the craft beer world, people who, first of all, have already made us feel their extreme humanity during these years.

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    Buonconvento: one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. At 25 km. from Siena, located in the middle of the Crete Senesi, this ancient village lies on the gentle hills of the Val d'Arbia, one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. For this reason it is "a happy, lucky place" as the Latin etymology of the name suggests (bonum Conventum): beauty, history and culture are at every corner of this land and in every stone of the ancient village.

    A village that was born and developed along the Via Cassia, the ancient Via Francigena that led pilgrims from Canterbury to Rome, the traces of the passage which you can still recognize today.

    • Comitato Villaggio della Birra©
      Loc. Bibbiano, 7 - 53022 Buonconvento (Siena). Tuscany IT
      Fiscal Code: 92062960528 - TVA: IT01434350524
    • Event Location: Villa di Piana
      Strada Esterna di Piana
      53022 Buonconvento (Siena). Tuscany IT

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