Lindemans has lambic distilled into gin

July 13, 2015

Not content with being a household name when it comes to gueuze and kriek, Lindemans brewery in Vlezenbeek has become the first brewery to produce two different gins distilled from lambic beer. The brewery turned for the occasion to distiller De Moor of Aalst, who produce a wide assortment of alcoholic drinks, as well as […]

Production starts at new Van Honsebrouck brewery

July 12, 2015

Van Honsebrouck, the West Flanders brewer of Kasteel and St Louis beers among others, has started operations in its new brewery in Izegem, which is still under construction. Van Honsebrouck is spending €40 million on the new brewery, which is unusual in being one of the few times ever in Flemish brewing that a brewer […]

Halve maan brewery launches crowdfunding campaign for beer pipeline

July 1, 2015

Bruges brewery De Halve Maan has started a crowd-funding action to raise money to build an underground pipeline from its brewery in the centre of the historic centre to its bottling plant 3.2km away beside the Bruges ring-road. Crowdfunding appeals these days are often no more than attempts to raise investment capital where conventional approaches […]

Belgian breweries: how long is a piece of string?

June 3, 2015

Too long, if it’s been measured by the government Belgium has seen remarkable growth in the number of breweries over the last five years, from 145 in 2000 to 247 at the end of last year, an increase of no less than 70%, according to figures from the federal economy ministry widely quoted in the […]

Belgian Beer and Food magazine now in US bookstores

May 28, 2015

The magazine Belgian Beer & Food can now be obtained from branches of the US bookstore Books-A-Million (BAM!), it was announced this week during an event to launch the magazine at the Belgian beer café Nomad in New York City, where guests enjoyed a range of Belgian appetizers as well as the Saison from Brewery […]

Free beer for every woman in Belgium

March 2, 2015

In an attempt to break the stereotype that beer is a masculine drink, Belgium’s Brewers Federation is offering a free beer to women across the country who turn up at designated bars on the 7th of March. The event is called Apero Nationale and takes place between 6.30 and 7.30 pm, on the eve of […]

Ixelles catering school sweeps the board at Beer Chefs awards

February 27, 2015

This year’s Beer Chefs competition was won by the Centre Scolaire Les Eperonniers Mercelis, which takes the title for a year. The Beer Chefs is a beer-pairing competition for catering schools organised by The prize for best team went to Christos Golfinos and Arthur Michelini (photo) from the school. They win a one-week stage […]

Alvinne Festival lines up cutting-edge breweries

February 27, 2015

Beer lovers from all over will converge on the small West Flanders town of Vichte on 6 and 7 March for the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF), named after the brewery in nearby Moen. The festival will be attended by 15 of the most innovative and interesting micro-breweries from seven countries, five of whom made […]

No guards outside Delirium Cafe

February 27, 2015

The Delirium Café in central Brussels has been refused permission to introduce security personnel in the Getrouwheidsgang/Impasse de la Fidelité, the alleyway where the doors to parts of the café are situated. Brussels city council said the alley also is home to the statue of Jeanneke Pis – the female equivalent to Mannekin Pis – […]