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...
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 ]
Timmermans Oude Gueuze belongs to a select elite of Belgian beers. The label 'Oude Gueuze' is protected as an ‘appellation contrôlée’, by the European Union. As a style, Oude Gueuz... [ more ]
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