Belgian Beer Weekend 2014 – Photo Report

Yesterday afternoon the clouds rose and the rain stopped just in time for the opening of “Belgian Beer Weekend” in front of Fukuoka City Hall. The event might be titled “weekend” but in fact it’s on for a full week until Wed., May 21. This is the second year in Fukuoka for the popular event where you can enjoy 47 varieties of Belgian beer, many on draft and others bottled. How to choose your beer? The organizers have thought of that, and a clever color coding system has been used on signage to help you find one to your taste. But it’s not just beer, beer and more beer… this year’s food menu has been greatly expanded. There’s Flemish-style stew with brussel sprouts, several varieties of sausages, marinated herring, chicken brochette, fried shrimp, Brussels style Belgian waffles, and of course, the super-popular Belgian fried potatoes served with mayonnaise! NiXie, a female DJ popular in Belgium’s indie scene rocks out tunes each evening and on May 15, 16 (18:30~) and May 17, 18 (18:00~) “Arsenal” a hugely popular electronic band from Belgium will definitely get the party started! Chances to win a trip to Belgium too!

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Conveniently in front of City Hall

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Sit in front of the backdrop and pretend you are in Belgium!

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47 kinds of Belgian Beer

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Friendly staff waiting to pour you one

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This guy is showing off! 😉

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So many choices!

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From bottles too

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Between beers, rinse out your glass with these machines

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Sit in front of the backdrop and pretend you are in Belgium!

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Tenjin in the background

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Tsubasa (Fukuoka Now staff) gets some fries

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Yum!

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With mayonnaise!

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Sausages!

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Waffles!

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Something curious on the counter

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A perfect pour of Cherry

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A pro shows how it is done

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A native Belgian showing us the proper etiquette

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Next, Tsubasa tastes the Sakuranbo beer

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Nick (Fukuoka Now) gets his first glass

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Friendly staff waiting to pour you one

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The food booths

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The official opening with the Ambassador from Tokyo

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Buy some souvenir bottles to take home for the next day

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Souvenir items too

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• 5/14 (Wed.) ~ 21 (Wed.)
• Fureai Hiroba, Fukuoka City Hall
• Adv. ¥3,000, Door ¥3,100 (Original glass and 11 coins for food & drink)
• 03-5829-6878
• 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
http://www.belgianbeerweekend.jp/ja/fukuoka/

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