Yes we kanji

August 24, 2017

Anyone for lambic flavoured with Japanese plum? Aaron Goldfarbdiscovers the Brussels brewery bringing striking new flavours to a traditional brew AtDélices& Caprices, Pierre Zuber’s beer shop in the centre of Brussels, something stands out among the familiar saisons and trappist ales: three bottles, their necks covered in delicate tissue, with washi-paper labels depicting Japanese artwork […]

Hot to trot

August 24, 2017

Feeling like a little horse? Alan Hope knows just the place In 2014, a scandal erupted when it was found that certain supermarket ready-meals like lasagne had been “adulterated” with horsemeat instead of the beef everyone was expecting. The scandal assumed Europe-wide proportions. While the problem, it seemed, was one of labelling rather than of […]

From father to son

August 9, 2017

Usually, a brewery is passed from father to son. In the case of Oud Beersel, as Alan Hope finds out, the next generation took matters into his own hands “At the end of 2002, the Oud Beersel brewery closed down,” explains Gert Christiaens, who now runs the operation. “At the beginning of 2003 I was […]

You are here

December 18, 2016

There’s something odd about Belgium’s southeast corner, home to some of the country’s most distinctive beers. Joe Stange enters the Gaume Dimension My theory is that the space-time continuum warps inside the Gaume. It’s the simplest way to explain the oddities that occur within. Tucked into Belgium’s south-east corner, this region is not like the […]

It’s All Relative

December 10, 2016

Taking up the food-pairing challenge is Els Debremaeker, a private chef who also works for home-furnishings chain Dille en Kamille doing food styling and creating recipes. She’s the author with her sister Iris of two books: Brunch and Ingemaakt (Preserved). Given three beers from Omer Vander Ghinste to work with, she drew inspiration from her […]

Human scale

November 13, 2016

Brasserie de Bastogne is the smallest in the Belgian brewers federation, but their brewery is bursting at the seams By Alan Hope The Belgian province of Luxembourg – not to be confused with the Grand Duchy next door – is the country’s least populated, with the largest proportion of agricultural land and a virtual monopoly […]

Remodeling project

September 18, 2016

Think you know Chimay? Think again, as Belgian chef Jan Tournier of the Michelin-starred Cuchara unearths surprising flavors using the famous Trappist beer and cheese, during a demonstration for Belgian Beer & Food’s John Rega While Jan Tournier may cook in his grandparents’ house, he’s certainly not preparing their food. The 34-year-old chef has remodeled […]

The lambic man

September 18, 2016

Frank Boon opened his new brewhouse in March 2013, which means that when we visited, they were about a month away from reaching a landmark age. Three years means a lot to lambic brewers: it’s the age at which you have your old lambic, which when blended with young lambic gives you the uniquely Belgian […]

Lessons of history

August 31, 2016

Lessons of history One of Belgian Beer & Food’s aims is to tell the stories of Belgian breweries, but the truth is that we can only scratch the surface, dealing with the few that are still around today, while neglecting thousands that have been and gone, in some cases leaving barely a trace. An example […]