Abbaye de Rochefort: Assurer L’avenir du Trio 6-8-10

December 15, 2017

La Brasserie de l’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy est discrètement installée au milieu de prairies, à l’orée de la forêt qui cerne la petite ville de Rochefort, aux confins de la Famenne et de l’Ardenne belge. Souvent comparée à une « cathédrale de cuivre », sa salle de brassage est probablement la plus belle de tout le pays. […]

Does Westvleteren live up to the hype?

December 8, 2017

Recently Belgian Beer & Food posted a simple question on its Facebook page: what is your preferred Trappist beer. Unsurprisingly, a number of visitors nominated the Westvleteren XII, repeatedly voted best beer in the world by this or that awards jury. More surprisingly, the large majority opted for something else, with Orval taking the crown, […]

‘Small is Beautiful’

November 28, 2017

Brasserie de Blaugies is growing beyond the garage where it’s produced rustic ales for 30 years. But only a little, the family tells John Rega. Pierre-Alex Carlier and Marie-Noëlle Pourtois have the future of Brasserie de Blaugies staked out in their back yard. For three decades, the couple have produced some of Hainaut province’s most […]

Totem: Poles Apart

November 28, 2017

Totem, a start-up selling to just a handful of clients, has garnered online acclaim as one of Belgium’s best new breweries, with rather un-Belgian brews. John Rega chats to the founding couple. STORY If you can find a Totem beer, the beer geeks would advise you to grab it. It’s not just that it’s rare […]

It Takes a Village

November 14, 2017

The brewing world is a small one — one or two degrees of separation, tops — but by my reckoning it feels smallest in the village of Mont, in the southeast Ardennes. Consider Belgium, which packs in a lot of brewers for its tiny size. In Mont we find that trait in microcosm. Despite a […]


November 6, 2017

Ronald Mengerink’s vinous brews reflect their composite heritage. Alan Hope visits the Belgian town located within the Netherlands’ borders where they are produced. The Belgian town of Baarle-Hertog is not in Belgium. It’s in the Netherlands – a tiny fragmented enclave of Belgian territory inside the Dutch border. On the map, it looks like a […]

Recent history

November 6, 2017

Abbaye des Rocs’s distinctively spicy ales have played an important, albeit recent, role in Belgian beer history. John Rega finds his way there. Pulling into the driveway of Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs, in the hamlet of Montignies-sur-Roc, Hainaut province, seems more like turning down a picturesque country lane. A handsome farmhouse with wrought-iron wellhead sits on one side. […]

Under the Hood

November 6, 2017

There’s an increasing trend for Belgian breweries to cork and cage their bottles like the producers of Champagne. Breandán Kearney speaks to the largest global producer of wire hoods to find out what the French think. Sparflex is a company based in France that produces wire hoods for the sparkling wine producers of the Champagne […]

The trouble with innovation

October 14, 2017

For Yvan De Baets, not everything that’s new is good In the Brussels craft beer landscape, Brasserie de la Senne, once the upstart disrupters, now seem more like tribal elders, but they continue to plough their innovative furrow, though soon that’ll be from a brand-new brewery near to the Tour & Taxis site. But Yvan […]