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 […]

Succession in Belgian Beer

April 23, 2018

Most of the twentieth century saw brewery after brewery close in Belgium. Two World Wars and the invasion of international pale lagers forced hundreds of breweries out of business. Of the estimated 3,000 breweries operating in Belgium at the beginning of the twentieth century, fewer than 150 were left at the lowest point. Things began […]

Le problème avec l’innovation

April 17, 2018

Pour Yvan De Baets, tout ce qui est nouveau n’est pas forcément bon. Dans le paysage de la craft beer bruxelloise, la Brasserie de la Senne, qui se posait à ses débuts comme perturbateur du monde brassicole, est entre-temps devenue une tribu d’anciens, mais ils continuent sur leur élan d’innovation, même si ce sera bientôt […]

Proef of Concept

April 8, 2018

De Proefbrouwerij is regarded as one of the most innovative breweries in Belgium. Breandán Kearney hears stories from inside its walls. Earlier this year, singer Rick Astley, famous for his 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”, teamed up with a Danish beer company after rumours surfaced online that the English pop star was living […]