Changes in Fortune

January 20, 2018

Orval was not always as respected as it is now. Breandán Kearney visits the Gaume to explore its rise in popularity. In 2013 a number of high profile publications, including Forbes and the Independent, published erroneous stories about Brasserie d’Orval and how it was in danger of running out of beer due to decreasing numbers […]

Still Crazy  

December 21, 2017

For anyone wondering whether De Dolle Brouwers has gone sane after three and a half decades, veteran Brewer Kris Herteleer relieves any doubt.  John Rega has the details. As visitors gather for a Sunday tour, Herteleer appears in his trademark black suit jacket covered in the Oerbier logo — a cute yellow blob-man — plus […]

Abbaye de Rochefort: Assurer L’avenir du Trio 6-8-10

December 15, 2017

La Brasserie de l’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy est discrètement installée au milieu de prairies, à l’orée de la forêt qui cerne la petite ville de Rochefort, aux confins de la Famenne et de l’Ardenne belge. Souvent comparée à une « cathédrale de cuivre », sa salle de brassage est probablement la plus belle de tout le pays. […]

Does Westvleteren live up to the hype?

December 8, 2017

Recently Belgian Beer & Food posted a simple question on its Facebook page: what is your preferred Trappist beer. Unsurprisingly, a number of visitors nominated the Westvleteren XII, repeatedly voted best beer in the world by this or that awards jury. More surprisingly, the large majority opted for something else, with Orval taking the crown, […]

The trouble with innovation

October 14, 2017

For Yvan De Baets, not everything that’s new is good In the Brussels craft beer landscape, Brasserie de la Senne, once the upstart disrupters, now seem more like tribal elders, but they continue to plough their innovative furrow, though soon that’ll be from a brand-new brewery near to the Tour & Taxis site. But Yvan […]

The shock of the brew

October 12, 2017

Innovation is a term that’s hard to define but impossible to ignore, especially in the brewing world where traditional incumbents are often compared unfavourably to forward-thinking upstarts. Should breweries feel under pressure to be innovative? Is innovation a virtue in itself, or is it something that hinders rather than supports quality beer? And in particular […]

Towering inferno

August 24, 2017

The beer community pulled together in support of Hof Ten Dormaal after a fire gutted much of the brewery’s infrastructure. Breandán Kearney reports on the salvage operation almost a year on, including a festival dedicated to innovation in beer On 6 January 2015 , fire destroyed the roof of the Hof Ten Dormaal brewery in […]

Not in the yeast

August 24, 2017

Focusing on the yeast misses the point of Belgian-style beers, says Pete Brown Ask a craft brewerin America or Britain what the defining characteristic of Belgian beer is, and they’ll likely tell you that it’s all about the yeast. When brewers tire of creating hop bombs, they invariably turn to ‘Belgian-style’ beers, and start to explore […]

Whiteout

August 24, 2017

Belgian wheat beers are awaiting their renaissance, but as Joe Stange discovers, they’re not dead yet Whatever happened to witbier, anyway? Oh, don’t get me wrong, your typical blanche is still there if you need it. It’s in most Belgian cafes, served in that thick tumbler, useful on a warm terrace, glowing pale yellow when lit […]