Brewery

Brasserie En Stoemelings Redux // Let It Grow

Twelve months into their new brewery, Brasserie En Stoemelings have had to rewrite their recipes, relearn how to brew, and refresh how they see themselves as brewers and as a brewery. It’s an adjustment that could hold lessons for other breweries in Brussels - each of which are going through their own expansion-related issues.

Brasserie En Stoemelings Redux // Let It Grow

The heat is on // Climate change is coming for Brasserie Cantillon

As climate change makes hot summers like 2018 the norm rather than the exception, new research has shown that warming temperatures have started to impact on traditional lambic brewing. Warmer winter nights and hotter summer days have narrowed the window during which lambic can be brewed without modern interventions. By the end of the 21st century, lambic brewing as practiced by Brasserie Cantillon could disappear. Climate change is coming for lambic, and it will be hard for Cantillon to stop it.

The heat is on // Climate change is coming for Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Quintessence 2018 // Cantillon x Hill Farmstead

Every two years, Jean van Roy of Cantillon, Brussels' last remaining lambic brewery, invites a brewery or two of his choosing to collaborate with them and join with Cantillon in a celebrating beer and food. Previous editions have featured Russian River and Allagash, and for Cantillon Quintessence 2018 the guest of honour was Hill Farmstead, the acclaimed American brewery.

Cantillon Quintessence 2018 // Cantillon x Hill Farmstead

Bringing it all back home // Brussels Beer Project is building a new brewery in Brussels

Brussels Beer Project - the city’s most famous beer contractors - are bringing their beers back to Brussels, building a new brewery in Anderlecht where they will take control of production. It’s big news for them, big news for a brussels beer scene that continues to grow, and big news from Brussels’ canal district - it is back at the centre of Brussels brewing activity, half a century after breweries disappeared from its quays.

Bringing it all back home // Brussels Beer Project is building a new brewery in Brussels

Brussels Irish // Beerstorming x Jameson Caskmates: Brussels beer in Irish barrels

“Jameson is a pretty big and beautiful distillery. And we got to drink a lot of whiskey,” says Arthur Ries, co-founder of Brussels’ Beerstorming brewery, as he and Sean Deane, Jameson Whiskey's brand ambassador for Belgium, reel off some of the perks of participating in Jameson's Caskmates programme. I'm sitting down with the two men in Beerstorming's front room to talk about how one of the world’s largest drinks brands ended up working with one of the smallest breweries in Belgium, maturing beers in Irish whiskey barrels in a Sint Gillis cellar underneath the brewery.

Brussels Irish // Beerstorming x Jameson Caskmates: Brussels beer in Irish barrels

Beer and the City // When beer was brewed at the European Parliament: Brasserie Leopold and the "Whim of the Gods"

Rue Wiertz, in Brussels’ European district, is a nothing street. Bound at both ends by slate-grey security barriers to protect the European Parliament, it is an unremarkable street in an unremarkable part of town. But, underneath the glass and stone towers that line the street, is some remarkable history. This spot, at the confluence of Rue Wiertz, Rue Vautier, and Parc Leopold, is where brewing in Brussels died. More specifically, it is where Brasserie Leopold – the last commercial brewery operating in Brussels city soil – shut its doors in June 1981.

Beer and the City // When beer was brewed at the European Parliament: Brasserie Leopold and the "Whim of the Gods"

Nanobrasserie L'Ermitage - opening in Anderlecht

Brussels in one more brewery richer, as of this weekend. On Saturday October 6, to be precise, Nanobrasserie de L'Ermitage open their doors to the public for the first time.

Nanobrasserie L'Ermitage - opening in Anderlecht

Beer & the city // Surviving Brusselization: the fate of Brasseries Atlas

Brussels has not been kind to its architectural heritage. The process of “Brusselization” describes the “indiscriminate and careless introduction of modern high-rise buildings into gentrified neighbourhoods” that characterised post-war urban planning in Brussels and was responsible for the callous destruction of historically important buildings, whole neighbourhoods, and local communities. Brussels’ breweries and their architectural legacy were not immune. The Grandes Brasseries Atlas is an exception.

Beer & the city // Surviving Brusselization: the fate of Brasseries Atlas

Brasserie En Stoemlings - moving up, and moving out of the Marollen

It’s early on a warm mid-July evening, and Denys Van Elewyck of Brasserie En Stoemelings is sitting behind the counter of the brewery, boxes piled up behind us and brewing equipment almost ready to be packed up. En Stoemelings, founded by Denis with his childhood friend and fellow Brusselaar Samuel Languy, is about to retrace the timeworn exodus of Brussels breweries from the centre to the periphery. Their brewery, which opened in 2015 on the Spiegelstraat in Brussels’ folksy Marollen district, is moving out and moving up. And, about time says Denys.

Brasserie En Stoemlings - moving up, and moving out of the Marollen