Belgian Beer News
Belgian Beer Experts: Filip Delvaux and Biercentrum De Kroon
LEUVEN/NEERIJSE - You may not have heard about it yet, but something is afoot in the little village of Neerijse, and it's long abandoned local brewhouse of De Kroon. For Belgian brew-masters in search of yeast expertise, though, Neerijse is becoming a place worth a brightly coloured pin on the world-map of Belgian beer. That's because it's here, close to Leuven, that the Delvaux family have set up shop. And father Freddy and son Filip Delvaux belong to that elite club of beer experts – those considered most responsible for Belgium’s high standing in the beer world. If you're looking to find out which yeast is best suited to your beer, are in search of a new yeast or just want to know how a particular type of yeast will perform with the recipe that you have in mind, the Delvaux's are sure to have the answer. The elder Delvaux, Freddy, started his career as a brewmaster with AB Inbev...
Erik's Highlights: The woman behind Orval
ORVAL - First up – a quick rewind. After 28 years of service, head brewer Jean-Marie Rock recently said goodbye to Orval. The end of one story and... (just maybe) the beginning of a new adventure. This recent retiree isn't planning to rest on his laurels quite yet. Word on the hop-vine is that he wants to start up his own brewery...
French plan to introduce new tax on (Belgian) beer
BRUSSELS - Tensions are rising once again (in fact you might say they're frothing over) because of French proposals for another new tax on beer. The government is considering extending an existing 'premix' tax on sugary alcopops to cover the malted sugars in beer. The move comes in the wake of last year's decision to raise the excise duty on beer by up to 160%. That hit Belgian breweries particularly hard, as French beer consumption fell fast once the rise came into effect in last January. They have taken much of the pain of the tax rise because France remains their largest export market by far. In 2012, Belgian brewers sold 3.5 million hectolitres in France, more than half again of what was exported to Germany and the Netherlands (at some 2 million hectolitres each)...
Belgian Beer Experts: Bart Durlet and Anders Brouwen
HALEN - Brouwerij Anders in Halen markets itself as a contract brewery, which might just need a bit of explanation: this is brewery that doesn't brew its own beers. Instead it produces beers on behalf of other breweries, both in Belgium and abroad, as well as for societies and private customers. It's an idea who's time has come. In 2012 production was started with 5,000hl. This last year has already seen output increase to 12,000hl, for third parties. So this is a brewery growing at the speed of light...
American journalists on whirlwind beer tour of Belgium
BRUSSELS/BELGIUM - For the first time ever, the 22 Belgian Family Brewers issued a joint invitation to 15 influential and respected American beer journalists. Their very busy four-day schedule included presentations by all breweries who are members of the association, visits to a number of breweries as well as beer tastings. “It was an extremely hectic programme,” finds Krishan Maudgal who organised the trip. “A number of brewery visits each day, trips to a hop farmer, a stud farm, beer restaurants.... Not many people have had such an intense beer experience in so little time. What better proof that there is no place like our – small but surprisingly diverse – beer country that offers such a rounded beer experience”...
GENVAL - It’s 1909 when John Martin, a Brit, makes his home in Antwerp, earning his living by provisioning sailing vessels. Before long John’s deliveries are heading onto the ships of the Red Star Line, ... [ more ]
NAMUR - At the 6th edition of the Brussels Beer Challenge, hosted this year by the city of Namur, Belgium once again lived up to its cast-iron reputation as one of the most important beer countries in the world. ... [ more ]
STEENHUFFEL - The annual hop harvest at Palm Belgian Craft Brewers is truly a festival of and for the people. We survey the busy crowds on the last Sunday in August in the hop field in the shadow of the ... [ more ]
VLEZENBEEK/DILBEEK - It is often said that lambics are only for those with an experienced palate. At Brouwerij Lindemans, one of Belgium’s favourite brewers of this traditional style, they beg to differ. ... [ more ]
KORTRIJK/BELLEGEM - It was in 1892 that Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste opened for business in Bellegem, a village near Kortrijk in West Flanders, close to the French border. Since then, countless... [ more ]
‘Pajottenland champagne’. That is the name given by lambic brewers to these spontaneously fermented – no yeast is added – lambic beers that are not dissimilar to wine. It is no... [ more ]
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