I have some great news for beer lovers attending Quintessence, Brasserie Cantillon’s superb beer and food pairing event, on May 1st. Belgium in a Box, Belgium’s premier gourmet on-line beer shop and packing and shipping service, will be on site (outside the brewery) and will offer to receive bottles that Quintessence attendees have purchased during their visit, and that attendees would like to have packaged and shipped to their homes.
Also, you can have any bottles that you have picked up during your travels shipped, they don’t have to be solely from Brasserie Cantillon. Belgium in a Box is very flexible.
Belgium in a Box owner Kurt Verbiest will be present with a stand outside the brewery in Brussels all day on Tuesday, May 1. Brasserie Cantillon has not yet announced which beers will be for sale for taking off premise during Quintessence, but typically on busy days such as Quintessence or an open brew day, their Gueuze, Kriek, Rosé de Gambrinus, and Bruocsella are on offer. ***Important note: Cantillon’s Quintessence is a ticketed event, and the brewery will be closed to the public on May 1st. If you do not have a ticket, you will not be able to enter the brewery.***
Also: the Belgium in a Box shipping service is not just for beer, you could have just about anything that you could purchase for take away on site at Cantillon shipped. This includes glassware, ceramic mugs, signs, wicker lambic baskets, shirts and sweaters, and more. If you don’t have room to carry it home, BIAB can probably ship it.
Belgium in a Box (also known as “BIAB”) ships around the globe, and has a solid reputation as an honest and reliable seller and shipper in the beer world. Their shipping itself is virtually break-proof: each bottle is wrapped in a styrofoam enclosure and packaged very carefully.
Shipping costs will vary depending on the destination. See the website for details or send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to have beer shipped home that you bought somewhere other than the BIAB shop, BIAB’s packing fees are as follows: 15 euros per 10 kg (22 pounds) of products, and 45 euros for a 30 kg (66 pound) shipment. Note that shipping a box that is just under 30 kilos will give the lowest shipping cost per bottle. Note that about 29.9 kilos or so would equate to about 18 Cantillon bottles in the 75 cl size, or about 33 Cantillon bottles in the 37.5 cl size.
Here is more from Belgiuminabox and Kurt Verbiest about their shipping services: “Together with the customer, BIAB is always trying to optimize the weight of the shipment to maximize capacity so that the available space and weight is used optimally. This lowers the overall costs of the items shipped to customer’s homes. Also, the package tracking information is mailed as soon as the customer has paid for their purchase, and the bottles are then packed and made ready for shipment. Belgiuminabox provides all necessary communication and feedback to the customer during the process. Communicating with the customer is something that Belgiuminabox finds very important.”
Cantillon’s Quintessence is one of the most enjoyable food and beer pairing events in the world of beer. Or ***any*** world. I have attended twice, and it should be a bucket list event for any beer lover. See below for additional photos from the 2016 Quintessence.