An Irishman, an Englishman and a Scotsman walked into a brewery.
No, it’s not the start of a joke, it’s the start of many an article in the five issues of Belgian Beer & Food that we’ve produced until now.
Publisher and editor-in-chief Paul Walsh is from Ireland, but came to Belgium ten years ago to study philosophy at the historic Leuven university. He was working in another branch of the media when he had the bright idea to start a Belgian beer magazine. He lives in Brussels, whenever he manages to get home.
Chief photographer and artistic director Rob Mitchell is from Essex near London, and came to Belgium 23 years ago, at a time when he was still working as a carpenter specialised in intricate wooden models. He’s been described as the best beer photographer in the world, for which the evidence is all over this site. One brewer even shipped a case of beer to him just so he could photograph the bottles at home in Flanders – all the way from California.
Contributing editor and head writer Alan Hope is from Glasgow in Scotland, but came to Belgium 31 years ago, and decided to stay. He’s worked for every kind of international print media, but is best known for his long association with expat magazine The Bulletin. He now writes for weekly newspaper Flanders Today, and lives in Brussels.
Living and working in Belgium is not necessary for acquiring a lasting affection for Belgian beers, but it does help. We’re right here where it’s all happening, following the industry closely from day to day. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.