Belgian Beer News
Trappist beer, a trademark to be reckoned with...
The name ‘Trappist’ refers both to a religious order and to the world famous abbey beers that they produce. In Belgium there are six abbeys that belong to the order of the Trappists, otherwise known as the Cistercians of Strict Observance. They are: Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and Westvleteren, and they all brew beer. The name Trappist comes from the French abbey of Notre Dame de la Grande Trappe where the order was born. Trappist monks live a simple life following the rules laid down by St. Benedict in the 6th century CE...
It's Gin O'Clock at Brewery Lindemans
VLEZENBEEK - The Lindemans brewery has joined forces with the De Moor distillery to develop two Lindemans Premium Distilled Gins based on Lindemans Oude Kriek. Thus, two regional products melt into a unique new drink: the traditional oude kriek produced with spontaneously fermented lambic from the Pajottenland region near Brussels is combined with artisanally distilled gin from the nearby city of Aalst. Two gins are on offer, one clear and one red. The colourless gin is made with 15 different herbs and a distillate of Oude Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René, a beer that is steeped in tradition. “We brew with whole sour cherries (krieken), in keeping with lambic tradition,” brewer Dirk Lindemans says. Patrick Van Schandevijl, who stokes up the kettles at De Moor, elaborates: “The gin was distilled with pure grain alcohol...
The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery experience
ANTWERP - The new interactive De Koninck brewery tour will completely immerse you in the world of the Antwerp City Brewery. In exchange for just €12 you can find out everything there is to know about the Antwerp and its beers, the world of Belgian brewing, and discover the ins and outs of the brewing process. You will enjoy a total 360° immersive experience complete with numerous interactive displays and audio-visual effects. The brand new De Koninck Experience Centre opened its doors to visitors on 1st September and you are welcome to pop in every day, (except Mondays), between 10am and 6pm. Simply follow the visitors’ trail and round off your tour with a tasting of several De Koninck beers in a cosy bar that oozes local atmosphere. The brewery does however recommend that large groups book their visit in advance...
A weekend of Belgian beer in Brussels
BRUSSELS - The first weekend in September is highlighted in the diaries of many beer lovers, who head to the Grand Place in Brussels to find that great public space converted into one giant bar. It is the centrepiece of the Belgian Beer Weekend, an initiative of the National Brewing Federation, the Belgian Brewers for short. This organisation now counts around 100 breweries as members, accounting between them for over 90% of the beer brewed this beer-obsessed country. This year’s Belgian Beer Weekend was the 17th. Forty-four breweries took part, serving up over 400 beers for tasting. The Grand Place in Brussels is transformed, as the people unite around their love of a good glass of beer...
First North Sea Beer Festival attracts 5,000 visitors
OSTEND - A cosy, relaxed atmosphere and happy expressions on the faces of beer lovers from all around the world greet me. This is, above all else, what strikes me when I visit the first ever North Sea Beer Festival in Ostend held over the last weekend of August. A great finish to the summer. Plenty of enjoyment to be had in the beautiful Leopoldpark, close to the beach. Here you find a wide-ranging sample of all the beers and styles offered in Belgium. Around 150 beers were available to taste; brewn by Belgian breweries as Duvel-Moortgat (Duvel, Liefmans, De Koninck, Achouffe), Silly, Dubuisson, Omer Vander Ghinste, Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck, De Halve Maan, St Bernardus (Kazematten), Lindemans, Strubbe, Het Anker, Huyghe, Timmermans and Bourgogne de Flandres...
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 ]
The Carmelites from Dendermonde in East Flanders were brewing a three-grain beer in the 1600s. This information, published in a recent book on local brewing history, happened to co... [ more ]
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