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9th Archennes Beer Festival

Lower key than the Grand Place and easily reachable by public transport, this festival is in its 9th year and offers a wide range of beer and sufficient food too.  There will be a few British beers (three Gadds, two Sirens, a Kernel, two BrewDogs, Beavertown Black Betty and St. Austell Proper Job) as well.  Check the website for details of the Belgian contingent but the beer list is subject to changes.

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Lunch Conference on Talent Gap


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Sunriser Afterwork

Every Thursday during the Summer

Come and enjoy the amazing rooftop terrace on top of the Grand Casino Brussels.

 Afterwork drinks, cocktails and music.

Free Entrance

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