Belgian Beer News
'Het Bierkasteel' - My home is my beer castle
IZEGEM - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck is proud to present ‘Het Bierkasteel’ (the Beer Castle); a brand new multi-purpose space designed and built for events, relaxation, brewery visit and beer experiences. At the Bierkasteel you can see the craft of brewing in action in a modern high-tech environment. And Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck is far more than a brewery, it also boasts a visitor centre, a brasserie, a beer shop, and is a welcoming and unique fully catered conference and event location. The Bierkasteel truely has something for everyone, from individual visitors who enjoy a taste of the good life to families, groups, businesses, clubs and associations looking for trips, meeting and conference rooms or event hosting. Het Bierkasteel is located in Izegem near Kortrijk, easily accessible by car and with 250 parking spaces. A tour of the Bierkasteel starts in the central courtyard with its splendid views of the brewing hall and foeder chamber (foeders are giant wooden barrels)...
Lindemans Lampas, where lambic beers meet tapas
VLEZENBEEK - “Prepare three original finger food creations using the Lindemans lambics and fruit beers” … this was the challenge set to four previous laureates of the renowned Prosper Montagné culinary competition and the Ambassador for the Prosper Montagné 2017 culinary competition. Lode De Roover of Fleur de Lin, Sam Van Houcke of Onder de Toren, Pascal Peters of Vivendum and Dimitri Marit of Maison Marit took up the gauntlet. They unleashed their creative genius in the company of hosts Jean-Baptiste and Christophe Thomaes of Le Château du Mylord in Ellezelles. Each chef presented three recipes with varying degrees of sophistication. These Lindemans Lampas were tasted by around one hundred invited guests. Dirk Lindemans introduced the beers: “Our fruit beers are popular with a wide audience." "The traditional lambic beers of Oude Gueuze Cuvée René and Oude Kriek Cuvée René call for taste buds that are slightly more educated...
North Sea Beer Festival’s second successful showing
OSTEND - For the last weekend of August, Ostend moves its location to the shores of the ‘beer sea’ as Belgian breweries, local restaurants and food trucks pull out all the stops for the annual North Sea Beer Festival. The sun clocked in and did overtime for the event, after a summer in which it seemed to be on a break and the green spaces of the Leopoldpark made a great backdrop for the festival. In Belgium, a mix of tasty beer and good company makes a scintillating, and very moreish, cocktail. The North Sea Beer Festival was premiered in 2015 but it is already a firm fixture in the busy entertainment calendar of the Belgian seaside, growing into a phenomenon with an international reputation. The passion of beer fans never ceases to amaze us. Throughout the three days of the festival you kept seeing the same faces who had come from far and wide to the city by the sea...
The Ambierorix beer festival in Tongeren parties for its 10th birthday
TONGEREN - "Am-bier-orix". Tongeren’s annual beer festival is the undisputed champion in the most difficult name competition. In Belgium we learnt about Tongeren at school. The oldest city in the country grew out of a Roman settlement, was surrounded by tumuli (Roman burial mounds), and defensive walls, most of which remain standing to this day. The punning name of the festival is soon shortened to the more familiar, Ambiorix, the name of the legendary leader of the Eburones tribe, who destroyed a Roman legion in 54BC and somehow managed to escape the resulting anger of Julius Caesar. These days you can admire this ancient Belgian warrior in all his splendour in the Grote Markt, the city’s impressive market square...
Brunehaut, from the field to the brewhouse
RONGY - A sense of terroir permeates the village of Rongy, nestling amongst the wheat fields and fruit orchards that spread as far as the eye can see. Brasserie de Brunehaut has taken up the torch of a former, traditional village brewery. It stays ‘close to the source’ and, wherever possible, works with ingredients from the local area. And the Brunehaut range of beers is organic and gluten-free. Soon their St Martin abbey beers will be produced in an organic way too. “The first recognised abbey beers to carry a ‘bio label’, or an organic label”, brewery owner Marc-Antoine De Mees tells us...
Our blog is dedicated to every possible aspect of the richly varied world of Belgian beer and brewing. Even if you are a regular visitor you will discover something new every single time you browse the site.
Basically we are an ever expanding online magazine and all our blog articles are retained in our archive. If you missed out on a particular story you will always be able to find it again by clicking ‘blog’ and then ‘older’, or use the blog archive navigation on the right hand side of this page. The site is responsive, so we are mobile friendly and any page can be read on any device.
But what inspires us to find and write all these stories? There are those topics that are tied inseparably to the world of beer. For example, you’ll find articles on basic ingredients like yeast, malt and hops.
And to get our facts right we consult the top experts from Belgium, who have ties to universities and brewing colleges around the world. Some of these specialists go beyond conducting academic research: they produce their own test brews or, on a modest scale, bring beers that had vanished back to life.
We also invite these authorities to share their vision on trends in the beer world and how Belgian brewers are responding to them. We will examine our traditional beer styles: oude geuze, Vlaams roodbruin or gruitbier, as well as the historic abbey and Trappist beers.
Interviews with brewery owners and head brewers are featured regularly. These insiders give you a glimpse into the brewing kettle with added inside knowledge. Such a story may be prompted by the launch of a new beer, the opening of a new brew hall or a brewery expansion.
We will also shine our light on important events such as beer festivals, tours or contests and, of course, on our characteristic café culture. And we’ll feature all these funny stories that explain the origins of quirky beer names. There are always drops of news, whether small or large, to be supped from the beer barrel.
Beer is always the starting point for this blog. But we also like to take a peek over the brewery wall to the rich worlds of Belgian cheeses and chocolate, both of which happen to be taste even better with a good glass of beer.
We introduce you to Belgian food, often paired or cooked with beer and regional products such as ham from the Ardennes, freshly harvested hop shoots and paté made with hops from the Westhoek region.
We also like to establish links that are perhaps less evident: meat and beer for example. Or we will compile an entire gastronomic menu for you, recommending a beer with every course, something we like to call beerstronomy®.
Every now and again we’ll hazard a step into a different world, but one that is close to that of beer: whisky and other spirits; some brewers happen to be distillers as well.
If you think of breweries and beer, tourism springs to mind. Many cycle trails and hiking paths are named after beers or breweries. We will cover important events like the carnaval festivities held all around the country and put our spotlight on local folklore like the Ducasse in Mons of Ath. After all, wherever there is a feast, the beer will flow.
Finally, we will place beers in the context of their city or region of origin. Orval, for example, cannot be understood without understanding the Gaume region in the southernmost corner of Belgium.
This blog continues to grow, just like the rest of our website. Pop in from time to time to discover yet another aspect of the rich beer culture to be found throughout Belgium.
IZEGEM - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck is proud to present ‘Het Bierkasteel’ (the Beer Castle); a brand new multi-purpose space designed and built for events, relaxation, brewery visit and beer experiences. ... [ more ]
VLEZENBEEK - “Prepare three original finger food creations using the Lindemans lambics and fruit beers” … this was the challenge set to four previous laureates of the renowned Prosper Montagné c... [ more ]
OSTEND - For the last weekend of August, Ostend moves its location to the shores of the ‘beer sea’ as Belgian breweries, local restaurants and food trucks pull out all the stops for the annual North Sea Beer Festival. ... [ more ]
In the same vein that gueuze beer typifies the Pajottenland region, this beer is also a genuine Flemish regional product. In the Roman pantheon, Bacchus (son of Jupiter) was the go... [ more ]
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