With a month to go, the countdown has already begun in Biella. From August 29 to September 2, the city of Piemonte will host “Bolle di Malto,” a week-long celebration of artisanal beer. The event will feature 22 brewers from across Italy serving up to 300 different styles of beer. The program will also feature live music by local, emerging, and national artists, as well as participate in talks and conferences with hundreds of experts.

Biella will once again be the craft beer capital for a week. Last year’s event drew over 110,000 attendees and served 125,000 glasses of beer. This year, the organizers aim to expand the event and turn “Bolle di Malto” into an international sensation.

The festivities will kick off with Bolle Off from August 26 to 29. The program includes lunches and dinners, walks, beer tastings in high-altitude refuges, and much more (here is the full program).

In 2023, beer production in Italy amounted to 17.4 million hectoliters, with overall consumption reaching 21.2 million hectoliters.

These figures, provided by AssoBirra, will be discussed during the daily conferences at the Arena Bolle space from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The conferences will cover the latest sector data, product communication, and new trends like low- and no-alcohol beer. These meetings are part of the third edition of the General States of Italian Craft Beer, organized in collaboration with Slow Food Italia.