Belgian Beer News
Belgian Beer Experts: Jef Van den Steen
ERPE-MERE - He is an author, beer guru, brewer and taster, but first and foremost an educator. Teaching is in Jef Van den Steen’s blood, he was once a maths teacher.... Jef has an explanation for everything. Every question receives a considered answer, peppered with anecdotes. I meet Jef in his microbrewery, The Glass Tower (De Glazen Toren). Outside the mercury is slowly climbing up and is threatening to reach the 40°C barrier...
Brewery visits: The Brasserie Dubuisson tour
PIPAIX - Embark on the new visitor experience at Dubuisson. You can put your own group together for a tour of the Dubuisson brewery. Group visits require a minimum of 15 participants and are available from Tuesdays to Saturdays by appointment. If you would like to come on your own or in a smaller group, join the scheduled tour of the brewery every Saturday at 3pm. There is no need to book for this one; just turn up and join the group. All visitors are welcomed to the brewery with a glass of Cuvée des Trolls or Pêche Mel Bush in Dubuisson’s very own brewery tavern, the Troll & Bush...
Brewing for the future with Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck
IZEGEM/INGELMUNSTER - Summer 2015: the first test brews are flowing out of the tanks at Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck’s new brewery in Izegem. There have been no rash or rushed decisions from these brewers. They have taken on board lessons learned from the limitations of the company’s old Ingelmunster brewery. They have studied the latest technological developments to see which of them will improve the quality of their brews. And, they have taken into account, wherever possible, the wishes of all the staff involved, as well as the needs of visitors and beer lovers who soon be welcomed on tours of the new Izegem site. “We are now brewing for real so we can compare the brews made here with those from Ingelmunster,” brewmaster Hans Mehuys explains...
Beer's best friend: the horse-drawn cart
Horses trudge across the cobblestones, the sound of their clopping hooves resonating far and wide. Steam rises from the horses’ coats and their cloudy breath dissipates before spiralling up to into the sky. Everyone watches while the horse-drawn cart passes by. We are on a journey through time, enjoying a piece of folklore that is still very much alive. In these times of bits and bytes and virtual reality, we find ourselves watching a film in slow motion. There is nothing better than exploring a town or a region, in tune with the rhythm of the horse, immersing yourself in your surroundings...
La Grande Choufferie (Big Chouffe Party) at Brasserie d'Achouffe
ACHOUFFE / WIBRIN - Chouffe fans, of whom there are many, will have marked the second weekend in August with an extra star in their diaries. That is when the tiny Ardennes village of Achouffe, the home base of the eponymous brewery, will provide an idyllic backdrop for the annual Grande Choufferie (Big Chouffe Party). The gnomes are throwing a party to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their beer, and in Achouffe they know how to brew up a good party. It was in 1982 that a gnome whispered the recipe into the ear of a brewer, but that is an entirely different story…. In keeping with gnome tradition, this birthday bash started on a small scale in 1985. The celebrations included a parade featuring the 'Chouffe brass band', and were finished off with a slap-up meal...
At the BeerLovers’ Café just behind Liège’s City Hall we get together to taste the limited edition Chimay Grande Réserve Fermentée en Barriques 2018, a Trappist beer aged in whisky barrels. T... [ more ]
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 ]
The launch of Straffe Hendrik – still the brewery’s flagship beer - heralded the era of strong degustation beers at De Halve Maan. Its brewer is the oldest in Bruges, based in i... [ more ]
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