Ales Tales, London’s original Belgian craft beer festival, is back for a second year with an expertly curated selection of 20 breweries — there are nine new additions for 2018, offering more than 70 varieties of Belgian craft beer.

A ticket to the showcase will give beer lovers five hours of unlimited tasters from some of Belgium’s most influential craft breweries, while soaking up a slice of Belgian culture with a restaurant quality food pairing experience and entertainment.

Tickets start from £35, available here, further information via

Ales Tales is the brainchild of two Belgians, Nicolas Tondeur and Sayuri Kasajima. It was created after the duo were unable to find their favourite Belgian beers in the local pubs and supermarkets of London.

Unrivalled in provenance and variety, Belgians have been brewing since the 12th century and the country’s varieties span from the world-famous Trappist heritage to those on the ever-expanding craft scene.

Following a successful debut last year, Ales Tales 2018 will include new and innovative offerings from the Alvinne brewery to the century old Westmalle Trappist brewery,and from Brasserie de la Senne to the British influenced Brasserie de l’Ermitage.

The exceptional curation of Belgian beers is not all on offer. Experienced Brussels chef Fabrice Rocheteau will create an authentic Belgian food pairing experience, with an original menu including fries and cheese.

In Hackney on June 1 and 2, the festival will also include eclectic music as well as the chance to experience Belgium’s unique beer and food culture.

Nicolas Tondeur said: “We are thrilled to bring the festival back this summer, with new beers to taste, new breweries to discover and talk to. We can’t wait to show Londoners how vibrant the beer scene in Belgium is.”