Sergio Herman Announced as 2015 Beer and Gastronomy Ambassador

February 23, 2015

Today celebrated chef Sergio Herman of The Jane restaurant in Antwerp was announced as the 2015 Beer and Gastronomy Ambassador, taking over the mantle from TV chef Jeroen Meus. The title is handed out annually by the Beer Society of the Low Countries and aims to promote the combination of beer and gastronomy. “In recent […]

Tradition Unreconstructed

February 17, 2015

The story of how Sint Bernardus emerged from France, cheese and Westvleteren. Belgian brewers make a big deal out of history and tradition. But it wasn’t always that way. “I’m reconstructing our history, because I came here ten years ago and they hadn’t kept anything.” says Marco Passarella, sales and marketing manager for Sint Bernardus […]

Beer and Loathing in .. Ghent

January 6, 2015

Food writer Emma Beddington is ashamed to admit she hasn’t drunk beer for decades and only likes “those pink cherryade ones”. Could the founder of Belgium’s Women and Beer movement convert her? She went to Ghent to find out. I have a dirty little secret that should by rights disqualify me from appearing in these […]

The US beats Belgium in beer. Is it really that simple?

November 3, 2014

So far, the reports of the Brussels Beer Challenge, held over the weekend in Leuven, have concentrated on one detail and one detail only: the US beat Belgium at its own game. Yes, it’s true that the US entered 177 beers, and walked away with 13 gold medals, 17 silver and 18 bronze, together with […]

Belgium’s craft brewers sound the alarm

May 5, 2014

The following is the translated text of an open letter published by Le Soir newspaper from a group of Belgian brewers:  Belgian beer, supposedly one of the last of our national treasures, is in great danger. A number of businesses, which seem to have purely commercial interests, are placing its reputation in serious jeopardy.  We’re […]

Eat with Locals in Brussels

September 16, 2013

“Don’t bring anything and don’t show up early unless you want to cook.” These were the only real rules I received after I booked my bookalokal Beer and Food group dinner in Brussels. Evelyn, our hostess, welcomed us at the door. My stomach woke up as I smelled the aroma of a big dinner cooking […]

Dinner with Strangers

September 16, 2013

Breaking bread with strangers often leads to incredible experiences. The act of sharing a meal taps into a fundamental need and the act of generosity opens our hearts for new adventures. A meal shared has the magic to turn strangers into friends. BookALokal seems to be on the lips of every friend of mine here […]

Seefbier Launched in the US

June 13, 2013

Seefbier hailing from Antwerp, has just been launched in the US during a trade delegation led by Belgium’s Prince Phillip. The beer, which has been brewed for over a year, is a homage to the once popular style of Seef, hailing from Seefhoek in Antwerp. Brewer Jan Van Dyck found the recipe brought it back […]

Another Success for de Dag van de Kriek

June 11, 2013

The fifth edition of “de Dag van de Kriek,” (The Day of Kriek) turned out to be a great success with some men and a conspicuously high number of women in attendance. In the picturesque square of Eizeringen people came to taste more than twenty different traditional Kriek’s. Naturally most of the beer on offer […]