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The follwing description of the Villaggio della Birra 2010 beer festival sounds like just the thing if you are in the area:

It takes place on 11 and 12 September at Bibbiano, Buonconvento, Siena.

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.
This year, however, it will not only be the enchanting landscape that will astonish the traveller, fortunate enough to pass by, but as much its inhabitants: brewmasters from Belgium and Italy that proudly will display their knowledge and products for him. Beerexperts and artists alike will transform the little hamlet into a lively Village of the Beer.
The result will be an unforgettable trail, that will enable both the passionate as the curious, fortuitous amateur of beer to explore the traditional artisanal beers from Belgium, as well as from the vivacious Italian culture. The Village of the Beer will take place on September 11th and 12th 2010.
After purchasing a token, one will be able to taste artisanal beers, try out dishes, based on beer, and compare one’s own impressions with those of experts in sensory workshops….
Village of the Beer is an all-round, 360° experience – meaning space for homebrewers, for a beershop, for gastronomical stalls, live music and artistic exhibitions…

If that wasn’t enough, here are the breweries and brewmasters:

Belgium:

Boelens Huisbrouwerij (Kris Boelens)
‘tHofbrouwerijke (Jef Goetelen)
Den Hopperd (Bart Desaeger)
Brasserie de Cazeau (Laurent Agache)
Brouwerij De Ranke (Nino Bacelle)
Brouwerij De Leite (Luc Vermeesch)
Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles (Grégory Verhelst)
Brouwerij Sint Canarus (Piet Meirhaeghe)
Glazen Toren Brouwerij (Jef Van den Steen)
Hof ten Dormaal (Andre Janssens)
Schelde Brouwerij (Frans Ooms)

Italy:
Birrificio l’Olmaia (Moreno Ercolani) – St. Albino Montepulciano (Siena)
Birrificio Italiano (Agostino Airoli) – Lurago Marinone (Como)
Pausa Cafè (Andrea Bertola) – Torino
Birrificio Toccalmatto (Alessio Gatti) di Fidenza (Parma)

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