Belgian Beer News
Tastes of the Ardennes: "Jambon d’Ardenne"
NASSOGNE - Just the name, Ardennes, will set gourmets drooling. They’re getting spontaneous visions of a chunky slice of bread, home-made on the farm, buttered thickly and then covered with a slice of Ardennes ham. We can go one better. We’re having a taste of the real ‘jambon d’Ardenne’. On the outskirts of the village of Nassogne only 90 minutes away from the busy capital stands a handful of wooden shacks, straight from the movie set of the Three Little Pigs. The rosy-cheeked inhabitants welcome me with a choir of grunts...
Erik's Highlights: The other Chimay
CHIMAY - The Chimay name has a resounding reputation in the beer world. This Trappist beer can now be found in 40 countries. The town itself, its surrounding region and the Trappist cheese are far less well known than the abbey and its beer. This is undeserved, as it turns out. The small town of Chimay nestles between the forests of the Fagne and the Thiérache regions, the latter continuing into France. It’s a normal Friday morning and the market is bustling...
Trappist beer, a Belgian success story
I recently heard it straight from the brewer’s mouth: “You need a good story nowadays if you want to sell beer.” This may go some way in explaining the hype around Belgian Trappist beer. Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle or Westvleteren; they are often impossible to track down, and when they do make it to a store, they fly off the shelves. A clever marketing ploy? Yes, it has all the hallmarks. Make sure you offer an excellent product that is very hard to find, feed the rumour mill and all of us will pay over the odds to acquire such a rarity. But this is too much of a simplification of the success of Trappist beers. First and foremost, every Trappist abbey and brewery is in a different position...
Erik's Highlights - Belgian beer stories
A good story sells and your local pub is the ideal place to swap stories. The more the beer is flowing, the more the stories grow in the telling. That is how the Guinness Book Of Records was founded: discussing the craziest records possible at the bar, preferably with a pint of Irish stout close to hand. Our brewers also know how it’s done. A striking name, an eye-catching bottle, glass or label, a different way of serving or pulling the beer... There is always a story to tell around a beer...
Belgian beer culture, what’s in a name?
Belgian beer culture… Everyone has their own instant impression of it. Everyone looks at it from his or her own point of view: the brewer, the beer museum employee or tourist agent, the scientist in the lab, the beer lover. We can’t ask all these people for their opinions. So, I am going to tell you what beer culture means to me.. In my view, it is all about the future of our past, in other words, our rich tradition. Think of the various brewing methods, fermentation techniques, beer styles and beers that have stood the test of time in Belgium...
MARCHE-EN-FAMENNE - “Their cuisine is on a par with that of the French and the portions are generous...” When people discuss the Belgian art of living, it won’t be long before the term ‘Burgundian’ ... [ more ]
BRUGES - Eleven years ago it all started off on quite a modest scale in the medieval town hall of Bruges, under the imposing gaze of the Belfry. Now, in 2018, the Bruges Beer Festival has spread its wings and encompasses... [ more ]
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 ]
Wild Jo marks a turning point for De Koninck: the brewers are swapping their familiar top-fermented beers for a tempestuous Belgian Wild Ale, re-fermented using wild yeasts (Bretta... [ more ]
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