Belgian Beer News
Travel through a world of flavours with Lindemans
PAJOTTENLAND/BRUSSELS -The times are changing. Beer in gastronomy is taken seriously nowadays, both in recipes and to partner a dish. This was obvious once more during the latest edition of the Prosper Montagné cooking competition hosted by hotel management and tourism school Spermalie in Bruges. For the main course, the finalists were asked to prepare Belgian Wood pigeon with green cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke, goose liver and Lindemans Oude Geuze Cuvée René’. Wim Van Hecke, sous-chef at ‘Fleur de Lin’ in Zele scooped the first prize and now bears the title of ‘First Cook of Belgium 2016’. Wim can be justifiably proud of his performance in the 62nd edition of this top-ranking culinary contest as standards were extremely high...
Brussels Beer Challenge 2015
ANTWERP - The 4th edition of the Brussels Beer Challenge once again put Belgium firmly on the world map. After Brussels, Liège and Leuven, it was Antwerp’s turn to host this internationally renowned beer competition and a record number of 1,103 beers were submitted for entry. Belgium took the lead with 261 beers entered from 89 breweries (compared with 200 beers from 79 breweries in 2014 and 188 beers from 68 breweries in 2013). Runner-up was the USA with 257 beers, followed by Italy (165), the Netherlands (84), France (65) and Brazil (53). A strikingly large number of new breweries took part and there was a great deal of interest from wholesalers, keen to add prizewinning beers to their range. So, why would you take part in the contest? To win, of course; or just to find out how your beers stand up against the competition...
Beer on top at De Heeren van Liedekercke
DENDERLEEUW/BRUSSELS - Awarded the crown of best beer restaurant in the world. For five years in a row! De Heeren Van Liedekercke restaurant in Denderleeuw, not far from Brussels, has become an iconic destination for beer lovers, with a steady stream arriving on a pilgrimage to their beer and food mecca. As they book their table they ask about the vintage beers the two gentlemen owners, the heeren, have in stock and ask them to put a bottle or two aside for them. “It is especially gueuze fans who beat a path to our door,” Joost Du Four says with a knowing smile. “They know they can call on us to commission unique blends for special occasions like birthday celebrations." "What’s more, we stock all of the Belgian Trappists including bottles of an older vintage.” Here, beer is paid the utmost respect. For instance, If you ask for an Orval you can be assured it is at least six months old...
Microbreweries feel at home at Brassigaume
MARBEHAN - Fifteen years from its inception, the Brassigaume Festival has put itself firmly on the map. For microbreweries in the South of Belgium, this is the main showcase to display their wares. 26 breweries took part in the 2015 edition of this festival. The poster promises a taste of science fiction, with a beer traveller bursting out of a cloud of froth, carrying a barrel on his back and using a large, upside down beer glass as a helmet. However, here in the heart of the Ardennes, fiction could not be farther from my mind. I am in Marbehan and, before anyone corrects me, I know that Marbehan is really in the Gaume region; the area to the South of the Ardennes, starting at Orval Abbey and finishing at the French border...
Belgian beer styles: The return of Saison
HAINAUT - The saison beer style has made a comeback after a long absence. In the 1980s this traditional farm beer was all but dead. Fast-forward to 2015 and you will see almost two dozen Belgian saisons on the market. And this humble regional beer style now inspires microbrewers from around the world to produce their own versions. Saison has its roots firmly anchored in the Doornik (Tournai) region but is also easy to get hold of in and around the cities of Aalst, Liège and Hasselt. It’s a beer that was traditionally produced by small, artisan or family breweries that had neither the means nor the desire to push their beers out into wider markets...
LIESHOUT/STEENHUFFEL - Since 2016 the Palm, De Hoorn and Rodenbach breweries have been owned by Bavaria, a Dutch-based brewer. Two years after the takeover, Bavaria has been re-named Swinkels Family ... [ more ]
BRUSSELS - To be authentic is not a competition and neither is it a fashionable attitude. You either are an authentic brewer or you are not. You are driven, you make great beers that have a soul, you have a good story to... [ more ]
LEUVEN - 12,500 fans made their way to Leuven for what was already the 15th edition of the Zythos beer festival. Many fans travelled a long way to get to Belgium. They flocked here from many European ... [ more ]
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 ]
When, in the 16th century, the proud citizens of Ghent refused to bow their heads to the mighty Emperor Charles V, he decided to punish them for their stubbornness. He made the... [ more ]
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