December 23, 2018

  Lambic, like music, requires years of dedication and a consuming passion. Breandán Kearney explores how Brouwerij Den Herberg set out to produce the latest Payottenland Lambic. In a Spring evening in 2000, Bart Devillé sat amongst a three hundred strong congregation as two young boys walked past an orchestra and sat down at separate […]

Meticulous Experimentation

May 27, 2018

The first batch went down the drain. “It was god awful. I never understood what happened to the beer, it had the most weird off-flavour,” says Bokkereyder’s Raf Souvereyns. That was in 2013. Acquiring a wine barrel from the winery he worked at and filling it with Girardin wort, the final piece of this glorious […]

Getting better with age

May 21, 2018

By John Rega  De Dolle Brouwers’ historic mistake, the madness of ageing its beer in wine barrels, has evolved its own method. John Rega pops the rusty caps on some vintage bottles. Kris Herteleer needs almost no prompting to lead visitors into the cellar of his 19th-century brewhouse at De Dolle Brouwers. As soon as […]

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 […]

Editorial Issue 6

August 31, 2016

As if to absolve themselves after years of ignoring their country’s brewing culture – and swilling champagne while doing so – Belgium’s politicians have decided to devote a large building in the centre of Brussels to beer. Belgium won’t be the first country to get its own national beer promotion centre, but it’s making up […]

You are here

March 27, 2016

By Joe Stange My theory is that the space-time continuum warps inside the Gaume. It’s the simplest way to explain the oddities that occur within. Tucked into Belgium’s south-east corner, this region is not like the others.

Bottling it up

March 27, 2016

By Breandán Kearney In a way it’s a little bit like a pure beer,” says Nicolas Degryse, Marketing Manager of Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste. “In OMER. Traditional Blond we use only malt, water, hops and yeast.

Crossing over

March 27, 2016

By Breandán Kearney This beer fills a spot that had been open for a long time,” says Pierre Zuber, owner of Délices et Caprices, the Belgian beer tasting shop in Brussels.