Ixelles catering school sweeps the board at Beer Chefs awards

February 27, 2015

This year’s Beer Chefs competition was won by the Centre Scolaire Les Eperonniers Mercelis, which takes the title for a year. The Beer Chefs is a beer-pairing competition for catering schools organised by Dico.be. The prize for best team went to Christos Golfinos and Arthur Michelini (photo) from the school. They win a one-week stage […]

No guards outside Delirium Cafe

February 27, 2015

The Delirium Café in central Brussels has been refused permission to introduce security personnel in the Getrouwheidsgang/Impasse de la Fidelité, the alleyway where the doors to parts of the café are situated. Brussels city council said the alley also is home to the statue of Jeanneke Pis – the female equivalent to Mannekin Pis – […]

Slight volume growth for AB InBev

February 27, 2015

AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, sold 458 million hectolitres of beer worldwide in 2014, just 0.2% more than in 2013, the company announced. For its more famous brands, such as Stella Artois and Budweiser, growth was 2.2%. However the overall figure includes a drop of 6% in sales within Europe, continuing a trend of […]

Sergio Herman Announced as 2015 Beer and Gastronomy Ambassador

February 23, 2015

Today celebrated chef Sergio Herman of The Jane restaurant in Antwerp was announced as the 2015 Beer and Gastronomy Ambassador, taking over the mantle from TV chef Jeroen Meus. The title is handed out annually by the Beer Society of the Low Countries and aims to promote the combination of beer and gastronomy. “In recent […]

Tradition Unreconstructed

February 17, 2015

The story of how Sint Bernardus emerged from France, cheese and Westvleteren. Belgian brewers make a big deal out of history and tradition. But it wasn’t always that way. “I’m reconstructing our history, because I came here ten years ago and they hadn’t kept anything.” says Marco Passarella, sales and marketing manager for Sint Bernardus […]

Beer and Loathing in .. Ghent

January 6, 2015

Food writer Emma Beddington is ashamed to admit she hasn’t drunk beer for decades and only likes “those pink cherryade ones”. Could the founder of Belgium’s Women and Beer movement convert her? She went to Ghent to find out. I have a dirty little secret that should by rights disqualify me from appearing in these […]

The US beats Belgium in beer. Is it really that simple?

November 3, 2014

So far, the reports of the Brussels Beer Challenge, held over the weekend in Leuven, have concentrated on one detail and one detail only: the US beat Belgium at its own game. Yes, it’s true that the US entered 177 beers, and walked away with 13 gold medals, 17 silver and 18 bronze, together with […]

Belgium’s craft brewers sound the alarm

May 5, 2014

The following is the translated text of an open letter published by Le Soir newspaper from a group of Belgian brewers:  Belgian beer, supposedly one of the last of our national treasures, is in great danger. A number of businesses, which seem to have purely commercial interests, are placing its reputation in serious jeopardy.  We’re […]

Eat with Locals in Brussels

September 16, 2013

“Don’t bring anything and don’t show up early unless you want to cook.” These were the only real rules I received after I booked my bookalokal Beer and Food group dinner in Brussels. Evelyn, our hostess, welcomed us at the door. My stomach woke up as I smelled the aroma of a big dinner cooking […]