December 23, 2018

  Lambic, like music, requires years of dedication and a consuming passion. Breandán Kearney explores how Brouwerij Den Herberg set out to produce the latest Payottenland Lambic. In a Spring evening in 2000, Bart Devillé sat amongst a three hundred strong congregation as two young boys walked past an orchestra and sat down at separate […]

3 Fonteinen and Girardin set to quit lambic producers association HORAL

November 14, 2018

  The next General Assembly of Horal, the organisation of lambic brewers, is expecting to see the formal withdrawal from the organisation of two of its 15 members, Girardin and 3 Fonteinen. Rumours, which have been circulating for some time, were confirmed to Belgian Beer & Food by Frank Boon, the current organisation chairman. By […]

Nanobrasserie L’Ermitage – Brussels’ urban art brewers

October 2, 2018

By Eoghan Walsh   Is there a better seal of approval for a newly opened Brussels brewery than for your taproom to become the post-work haunt for Jean Van Roy and Brasserie Cantillon? For Nanobrasserie L’Ermitage it helps that they are just around the corner, but it’s also a reflection of the reputation the brewery […]

Out of Control

September 13, 2018

Fermentations with indigenous yeast and bacteria are the focus of a new farmhouse brewery. Breandán Kearney visits Antidoot to explore its philosophical origins. Tom Jacobs erects a roof-like structure over the coolship of his newly installed brewery, a frame of untreated oak filled out by grape pruning from the 2017 crop of his vineyard. At […]

Meticulous Experimentation

May 27, 2018

The first batch went down the drain. “It was god awful. I never understood what happened to the beer, it had the most weird off-flavour,” says Bokkereyder’s Raf Souvereyns. That was in 2013. Acquiring a wine barrel from the winery he worked at and filling it with Girardin wort, the final piece of this glorious […]

Getting better with age

May 21, 2018

By John Rega  De Dolle Brouwers’ historic mistake, the madness of ageing its beer in wine barrels, has evolved its own method. John Rega pops the rusty caps on some vintage bottles. Kris Herteleer needs almost no prompting to lead visitors into the cellar of his 19th-century brewhouse at De Dolle Brouwers. As soon as […]

Swafff Festival gears up for second edition

May 10, 2018

The organizers of the Swafff beer festival are gearing up for their second edition, this time at a new larger location in Karreveld Castle, Molenbeek. Their aim, they say, is to gather some of the most innovative Belgian and European craft brewers in a chilled, festive and family friendly atmosphere  21 breweries will pour from […]

Black marks for black market

May 10, 2018

By Alan Hope Brewers are up in arms over a secondary market in their rare beers The monks of the St Sixtus abbey in Westvleteren in West Flanders are reported to have reached an agreement with a Dutch supermarket chain over the sale at inflated prices of the abbey’s world-famous Westvleteren XII beer. The dispute […]

Worth the wait

May 7, 2018

With so many new beers hitting the market, some breweries have condensed the process of developing and launching a beer into days. Others simply won’t be rushed, such as Omer Vander Ghinste whose latest beer, Lefort Tripel took five years to develop. The story starts with the launch of OMER, a blond and spicy heavy-hitter, […]