Belgian Beer News
Rodenbach goes back to its roots
ROESELARE - The origins of Flanders Red Ale (Vlaams roodbruin bier as it is known in this part of Belgium) lie in the area around Roeselare and Kortrijk. These beers are a prime example of the noble art of ‘cutting’ (blending). The Rodenbach beers are left to mature in one of the brewery’s 294 upright foeders. At every stage of the brewing process the brewmasters and cellar masters carry out tastings of the soured foeder beer which, when the time is just right, is blended or ‘cut’ with young beer. The Rodenbach brewers have been expert at the art of ‘cutting’ (blending) ever since 1821. After almost two hundred years this ‘grande dame’ from Roeselare has been given a make-over...
Something's brewing at Brasserie des Carrières
BASECLES - You may not have heard of this little village, halfway between Tournai and Mons. Its former quarries are now filled with water where the black marble that adorns Cologne Cathedral was once hewn; all traces of quarrying have vanished. Visit the Musée de la Pierre et du Marbre on the market square to gain an insight into this once-flourishing industry. If you visit this small village on the the first Sunday in September you will find that this usually quiet place is buzzing and bubbling; this is thanks to the local microbrewery, Brasserie des Carrières. The name of this brewery – Carrière, is French for quarry – and is already set in stone. It was set up by best mates Julien Slabbinck and François Amorison, who are brewing at a site located between two former quarries...
Brouwerij Huyghe, the Pink Elephant marches on
MELLE - Alain De Laet, CEO and owner of Brouwerij Huyghe, is a firm believer in the power of the Belgian beer brand around the world. The success of the brewery speaks for itself, with Huyghe beers now for sale in 93 countries. And Belgian beer culture itself was recently recognised as an item of intangible world heritage by UNESCO, which is a great support to the cause. It seems that consumers around the globe are thirsty for something other than pils these days and the demand for specialty beers is going through the roof. People want to discover, experience, and explore new and different beer tastes and are willing to pay a bit more to get them. This trend also explains the rise of microbreweries, particularly in the USA but in many other countries as well...
Durobor, a touch of glass
SOIGNIES - Belgians drink their beer from the correct glass. An abbey beer tastes so much better from a traditional chalice, a pils beer from a pils glass... Only in Belgium, will you come across such a wide variety of beer glasses. It is not only the shape of the glass that determines the identity of the beer and the brewery. The size and the style of the glass also play a role. In fact, our brewers take this one step further...
Westmalle, a shining beacon of Trappist beer...
WESTMALLE - Time appears to stand still in a Trappist abbey like Westmalle. However, appearances can be deceptive - even here the latest technologies are quietly creeping in. The abbey has an up-to-date dairy cattle farm, a cheese dairy, and a bakery, all equipped with the very latest equipment. And in the brewery, a new brewhall is the crowning glory of an investment programme that also includes a new cellar, an additional warm room, a new laboratory, bottling plant, a maturation chamber, and water purification plant. “With our new brewhall we can make sure that our beers are of the highest possible quality,” brewmaster Jan Adriaensens tells us. “We can now work more flexibly...
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 ]
In 2007 Gavere was named at the top of the list of the Villages of the Tour for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders cycle race. Such an honour is a big taste of the ... [ more ]
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