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, […]

The resurrection

April 30, 2018

When the Panneels family rescued their village cafe, they helped save lambic for the rest of us. By a grateful John Rega The corner townhouse on the church square in Eizeringen was in rough shape when Kurt Panneels bought it in 1999. A garden designer and village native, he’d been looking for an old farmhouse […]

Pas que la levure

April 29, 2018

En se concentrant sur la levure, on rate la raison d’être des bières de style belge, selon Pete Brown. Demandez à un brasseur de craft beer américain ou britannique quelles sont les caractéristiques qui définissent une bière belge et ils vous répondront probablement que c’est la levure. Lorsque les brasseurs en ont assez de créer […]

Re-thinking the Rare

April 29, 2018

Joe Stange, co-author of Good Beer Guide Belgium, muses on mania, hoarders and tickers — and offers some widely available beauties to assuage the fear of missing out. My buddies and I collected comic books when we were kids. It started, I’m sure, because we liked the cool stories. But eventually the culture of comic […]