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, […]

‘Small is Beautiful’

November 28, 2017

Brasserie de Blaugies is growing beyond the garage where it’s produced rustic ales for 30 years. But only a little, the family tells John Rega. Pierre-Alex Carlier and Marie-Noëlle Pourtois have the future of Brasserie de Blaugies staked out in their back yard. For three decades, the couple have produced some of Hainaut province’s most […]

Totem: Poles Apart

November 28, 2017

Totem, a start-up selling to just a handful of clients, has garnered online acclaim as one of Belgium’s best new breweries, with rather un-Belgian brews. John Rega chats to the founding couple. STORY If you can find a Totem beer, the beer geeks would advise you to grab it. It’s not just that it’s rare […]

It Takes a Village

November 14, 2017

The brewing world is a small one — one or two degrees of separation, tops — but by my reckoning it feels smallest in the village of Mont, in the southeast Ardennes. Consider Belgium, which packs in a lot of brewers for its tiny size. In Mont we find that trait in microcosm. Despite a […]


November 6, 2017

Ronald Mengerink’s vinous brews reflect their composite heritage. Alan Hope visits the Belgian town located within the Netherlands’ borders where they are produced. The Belgian town of Baarle-Hertog is not in Belgium. It’s in the Netherlands – a tiny fragmented enclave of Belgian territory inside the Dutch border. On the map, it looks like a […]

Recent history

November 6, 2017

Abbaye des Rocs’s distinctively spicy ales have played an important, albeit recent, role in Belgian beer history. John Rega finds his way there. Pulling into the driveway of Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs, in the hamlet of Montignies-sur-Roc, Hainaut province, seems more like turning down a picturesque country lane. A handsome farmhouse with wrought-iron wellhead sits on one side. […]