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...
BRUSSELS/MONS - We’ve made our way down to the historic city of Mons (Bergen) for the eighth edition of the international Brussels Beer Challenge. A 90-strong jury is busy tasting; there are four morning sessions in a ro... [ more ]
BRUGES - This city draws you back in time to the heydays of the Burgundian era. After years of renovation works the Gruuthusemuseum has re-opened its doors. This former city palace is the showca... [ more ]
ANTWERP - Brewers from 59 different countries flocked to attend the Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, right next to the renowned Antwerp Central Station building. ... [ more ]
ERTVELDE - To track down a brewer within his own domain is a high-ranking form of sports, or that’s the impression I get. After a bit of practice I spot Jef Versele, CEO of the Van Steenberge brewery, well hidden amongst... [ more ]
MECHELEN - The historic city of Mechelen, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, is truly a hidden gem. The presence of the Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled here in the late middle ages, still permeates the ancient city centr... [ more ]
Petrus Rood Bruin (renamed from Petrus Oud Bruin) is a traditional Flemish red-brown beer, typical of the area surrounding Kortrijk and Roeselare. This beer, with its deep, dark... [ more ]
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