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...
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 ]
All that remains of the former abbey of Herkenrode near Hasselt is the magnificent 17th century abbey farm. The oldest traces, including the remains of a brewery, go all the way ba... [ more ]
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