Belgian Beer News
A view on Belgian beer culture with Hugues Dubuisson
PIPAIX - Back in 1769. Yes, it was as long ago as this that the oldest brewery in Southern Belgium fired up the brewing kettles for the first time. Nowadays Dubuisson is owned by Hugues Dubuisson, an eighth-generation scion of this brewing dynasty. Dubuisson is known for its Bush beers (known as Scaldis in the US), produces only its own beers, does not outsource any of its production, and is rightly proud of these achievements. Thanks to the success of these beers, Dubuisson had to invest in a brand new brewing hall with a capacity of 10,000,000 litres. Further investments are planned...
Wilderen goes whisky with Wild Weasel
WILDEREN - After a three-year wait, the day has finally arrived. The Wilderen brewery and distillery in Sint-Truiden has launched its very first whisky, Wild Weasel. To mark the occasion, the historic brewery site was magically transformed into a village celebrating all things Western. Cowboy hats mingled with Scottish kilts; daredevils tried their luck on the bucking bronco; a real Wild West-style barber tackled beards of various lengths; Johnny Cash came back to life on stage, and the clickety-clack of heels pointed the way to a spot of Irish dancing. To enjoy all this, an army of whisky lovers had breezed in to land in rural little Wilderen. They came from all corners of the globe to taste bourbon and Scotch and weren’t shy of giving their expert verdicts...
PALM becomes Palm Belgian Craft Brewers
STEENHUFFEL - A new name and new logo doesn't diminish this breweries' long and rich history. Palm Belgian Craft Brewers has come a long way since its foundation back in 1686. Yes, it was recently discovered that the original brewery, (then named) 'De Hoorn' wasn't established in 1747 as thought, but in fact sixty-one years earlier. The brewery preserves its centuries-old heritage with loving care, but this brewer also looks towards the future. In other words: innovation and tradition. In 2014, the Palm Belgian Craft Brewers Group (PBCB) will brew 65 million litres of beer at its three historic brewery sites...
The Ultimate Crisis: First World War Centenary (8)
YPRES - Unlike World War II, there was no single cause for the outbreak of the Great War. In the summer of 1914 Europe was effectively divided into two camps. On the one hand there was the Triple Alliance of Germany, Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, while on the other side was the Triple Entente made up of Britain, France and Russia. An alliance between Germany and Austria was quite natural. Although as mainland Europe’s most powerful country, Germany with a growing economy was the stronger of the two, both shared a very similar culture. They shared a common border, spoke the same language and both had been key members of the Holy Roman Empire...
Professor Jo Swinnen: Halfway between tradition and innovation
LEUVEN - Our passion for a good brew in the glass can make us forget that brewing beer is an important economic activity but Professor Jo Swinnen of Leuven University takes us back to reality. In his book, “The economics of beer” (Oxford University Press, 2011), the professor and a slew of international colleagues describe how the beer landscape as we know it has developed as a result of the laws of economics. Jo Swinnen takes an interest in nutrition, agriculture and trade. Since 2009 he has been regularly organising conferences around the world on beer and the economy. The next one will be held in Seattle, USA in June 2015. “One of the things we will be looking at is how the industry organises itself on a global scale, the evolution of consumption patterns and how the brewers respond to this,” he explains...
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 ]
Whereas the classic Duvel is traditionally brewed with two varieties of hops, the Tripel Hop (as its name indicates) involves the addition of a third variety of aroma hops. The Duv... [ more ]
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