Quality Control

April 30, 2013

Bavik Brewery is not shy about pushing a good product

By Robyn Boyle

Imagine you’re in line to eventually take over at your great-great-grandfather’s brewery from 1894. You’re young; you’ve finished your studies, so naturally you set off to work for… Heineken. Wait, what? It may sound like an impossibly surreal Belgian tale but…

Fancy a Belgian Brewery Tour?

April 29, 2013

With our list, you won’t need a group to go

By Melissa Maki

Beer tourism has become an important industry in Belgium, but not just because of the tasty brews. With beer being a source of national pride, you’ll find a…

Boon opens new lambic brewery

April 23, 2013

Brewers Frank and Jos Boon officially opened their brand new brewery on the site of the existing Brewery Boon last week in the presence of European President Herman Van Rompuy. With the new installations, the brewery’s capacity is now 2.5 times greater. The new brewery in Lembeek includes a completely new building, brewery, mill and […]

Brewery Timmermans launches Oude Geuze

April 22, 2013

Brewery Timmermans in Itterbeek used the occasion of Tour de Geuze (April 21) to launch a new product. Timmermans Oude Geuze was created with the help of  master brewer Willem van Herreweghen. “Timmermans used to produce a lot of ??Oude Geuze,” van Herreweghen said. The name ‘Oude Geuze’ is legally protected and may only be […]

De Landtsheer’s Good Fortune

April 18, 2013

The man who built Malheur and how he turned the tide

By Robyn Boyle

For someone who started out as a kid picking hops in the family fields, Emmanuel “Manu” De Landtsheer has done pretty well for himself. These days, sampling Cuban cigars and…

Ardennes Brewery Gets Replacement Gnome

April 18, 2013

Flemish sculptor Joost has created a new elf for the La Chouffe Brewery after the disappearance of the original sculpture, named Marcel, seven months ago. There is no trace of the thieves. News of the theft struck many La Chouffe fans who still hope that Marcel will be returned to the brewery. The new gnome […]

Café Monk Reopens on April 16

April 15, 2013

The classic Brussels beer café on Place Sainte-Catherine held a festive re-opening on April 16 after 10 months of being closed following the previous owners’ bankruptcy. The four partners behind the current takeover – manager Sven Campens, chef Jurgen Campens, owner Dirk Leunis and financial director Filip Jans – are jointly investing €400,000 to give […]

Vooruit Blows Out 100 Candles

April 15, 2013

Ghent’s culture centre Vooruit is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by shining a spotlight on some of the beers it used to brew, such as the Uitzet-, Bock- and Triomfbier. Very few people know about Vooruit’s brewing past. For the occasion, the culture centre teamed up with Brasserie Dupont (maker of Moinette, Bon Voeux […]

Lambic Brewery 3 Fonteinen Presents ‘Intense Red’

April 15, 2013

Just in time for Tour de Geuze, coming up on April 21, 3 Fonteinen has announced the arrival of a new beer. Intense Red is an artisanal, unsweetened, unfiltered old kriek. It contains a higher amount of cherries, making it slightly less sour than a traditional 3 Fonteinen kriek. The new beer is the result […]