The story so far

August 30, 2013

This project began over a year ago when international bar franchise, Belgian BeerCafé started to open cafés in the U.S. I brazenly suggested that they launch their own “in café” magazine and let me produce it. Initially they seemed interested, then less interested and then they told me that I should get back to them […]

Hilaire Spreuwers introduces Beerstronomy

August 26, 2013

Since 2011 when he first launched high-end beer restaurant Bitter Zoet, Hilaire Spreuwers has made a name for himself as a beer and food pairing evangelist.   “You have to remember that beer is not just an ingredient in your cooking, it’s an extension of the meal itself,” says Spreuwers, while busily preparing a beer […]

The Church in the Middle of the Village

August 26, 2013

What was intended to be a tasting of some new beers at Pierre Zuber’s shop Delices &  Caprices in central Brussels got off to a rather awkward start. Zuber was concerned that Belgian Beer & Food was about to perform a hatchet-job on the Belgian beer tradition, in favour of some new-fangled trend or other. […]

Brussels on your Plate

August 26, 2013

Local and authentic aren’t buzzwords at Les Brigittines   The waiter is one straight out of the movies – black-andwhite clad, professional without being stiff, and I could swear I saw a white linen draped over one arm. His job is to deliver five courses to our table in a timely manner and without too […]

Room for Growth

August 26, 2013

The new premises of Brasserie de la Senne in Molenbeek, across the canal from the city centre, are massive and half-empty. The company, founded by keen home-brewers Yvan de Baets and Bernard Leboucq, moved here in 2010 after years of working like cuckoos in the nest of a small brewery in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw. They installed everything […]

Cantillon Rises

August 26, 2013

A brewery turnaround worthy of a Hollywood epic, Paul Walsh reports   Plans are currently in place for an exhibition centreor “Beer Temple” in the heart of  Brussels in the building that once housed the city’s stock exchange. Set for a 2018 launch it’s sure to become a must-see tourist stop in the city. But […]

Delivering the Impossible

August 26, 2013

Beer and Chocolate at Laurent Gerbaud   The author Roald Dahl, one imagines, must at one time have met a chocolate-maker, which inspired his creation of the character of Willy Wonka. Wonka may be an exaggeration, but all chocolate-makers, in our experience, are a little bit bonkers, and Laurent Gerbaud is no exception. Perhaps it’s […]

Jean’s Choice

August 26, 2013

The Moeder Lambic in Brussels centre is fast becoming A Thing in the capital, but it’s not a new thing. The original opened seven years ago at a stone’s throw from the town hall in the multi-cultural and slightly hipsterish Saint-Gilles. But Saint-Gilles is a long way from the beaten path, and it took a […]

Brussels for Beer Lovers

August 26, 2013

So your first stop is the Grand Place, right? It has to be. The narrow alleys that bring you there part ways to reveal what is arguably Europe’s most impressive central square, with all its gilding, baroqueness, and asymmetry. Every façade has a story. Note especially the maison des brasseurs at no. 10, the old […]