Belgian Beer News
Brussels Beer Challenge 2016: Belgium holds its own in the beer world
BRUSSELS - For the fifth running of the Brussels Beer Challenge the organisers selected a location steeped in history and prestige. After touring from Brussels to Liège, Leuven and Antwerp, the competition returned to the capital and set up home in one of the city’s most historic buildings, the former Stock Exchange. Where traders once won and lost fortunes on shares, a jury of 80 beer experts spent three days deciding the fortunes of 1,250 beers from 36 countries. The location for this quinquennial celebration has even more resonance, as the former stock exchange is being transformed into the Belgian Beer Palace, an experience centre celebrating the world of Belgian beer. The interactive attraction will open its doors in 2019. Let’s zoom in on the competition results...
The Belgian Beer Book: Tapping into Belgian beer culture
BELGIUM - How do you write an unbiased review of a book that you yourself have written, pouring your entire soul into it? I’ll immediately give up on that impossible task and instead I’ll offer you a peek behind the scenes with a brief making-of account delivered alongside big kudos to my co-author, beer sommelier Luc De Raedemaeker. How do you start a giant project for which your publisher has allowed around six months? And just how do you build up a picture of the almost endless world of Belgian beer culture? We managed it by browsing through piles of stories and wading through mountains of images, selecting some for additional investigation with a clear strategy in mind. Admittedly, we didn’t start entirely from scratch. Luc boasts many years’ experience as a teacher of zythology; he is also the driving force behind the renowned international Brussels Beer Challenge; and, thanks to his travels through the length and breadth of the beer world, he has established an impressive network of friends. And I am always on the ground where the beer news is breaking, visiting tiny, medium-sized and mega breweries to write the stories that you read and take the pictures that accompany them on BeerTourism.com. Luc’s knowledge of brewing techniques is second to none, and he has certainly mastered the art of beer tasting, whereas I try to take the view of the general public...
Brouwerij Cornelissen, the tale and the taste
OPITTER - The locals would ask for “de bieren van Opitter” or “the beers from Opitter”, when they ordered a Pax Pils, Ops Ale or Sint-Gummarus. And if you popped into a café, you’d be in Jos’s or Stanke’s in those days when everyone in the village knew everyone else. These days things are a little more official. The brewery that until October 2015 went under the name of Sint-Jozef is now called Brouwerij Cornelissen. It’s a sixth-generation family business, currently run by Jef Cornelissen junior, who follows his namesake father into the top seat. It’s easy to see now what the “JC” on the vintage enamel “bieren van Opitter” sign stands for...
'Het Bierkasteel' - My home is my beer castle
IZEGEM - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck is proud to present ‘Het Bierkasteel’ (the Beer Castle); a brand new multi-purpose space designed and built for events, relaxation, brewery visit and beer experiences. At the Bierkasteel you can see the craft of brewing in action in a modern high-tech environment. And Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck is far more than a brewery, it also boasts a visitor centre, a brasserie, a beer shop, and is a welcoming and unique fully catered conference and event location. The Bierkasteel truely has something for everyone, from individual visitors who enjoy a taste of the good life to families, groups, businesses, clubs and associations looking for trips, meeting and conference rooms or event hosting. Het Bierkasteel is located in Izegem near Kortrijk, easily accessible by car and with 250 parking spaces. A tour of the Bierkasteel starts in the central courtyard with its splendid views of the brewing hall...
Lindemans Lampas, where lambic beers meet tapas
VLEZENBEEK - “Prepare three original finger food creations using the Lindemans lambics and fruit beers” … this was the challenge set to four previous laureates of the renowned Prosper Montagné culinary competition and the Ambassador for the Prosper Montagné 2017 culinary competition. Lode De Roover of Fleur de Lin, Sam Van Houcke of Onder de Toren, Pascal Peters of Vivendum and Dimitri Marit of Maison Marit took up the gauntlet. They unleashed their creative genius in the company of hosts Jean-Baptiste and Christophe Thomaes of Le Château du Mylord in Ellezelles. Each chef presented three recipes with varying degrees of sophistication. These Lindemans Lampas were tasted by around one hundred invited guests. Dirk Lindemans introduced the beers: “Our fruit beers are popular with a wide audience." "The traditional lambic beers of Oude Gueuze Cuvée René and Oude Kriek Cuvée René call for taste buds that are slightly more educated...
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 ]
BRUGES - Eleven years ago it all started off on quite a modest scale in the medieval town hall of Bruges, under the imposing gaze of the Belfry. Now, in 2018, the Bruges Beer Festival has spread its wings and encompasses... [ more ]
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 ]
When Marc-Antoine De Mees took over the Brasserie de Brunehaut in 2007, he decided to start brewing a range of organic – and later on also gluten-free – beers that would carry the ... [ more ]
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