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Political Pints in Brussels // Where Macron, Merkel, and co. should go for a beer once they have finalised Brexit

It’s European summit season and with Europe’s leaders in Brussels and looking for a place to bed down for a beer after a day of negotiating Brexit, here are five alternatives in central Brussels for Europe’s leaders to hit up.

Political Pints in Brussels // Where Macron, Merkel, and co. should go for a beer once they have finalised Brexit

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

Brussels Irish // Drinking my first ever Guinness, in African Brussels

In a corner of the Brussels pentagon, where the Quai de Commerce, Square Saintclette and the Boulevard d’Anvers meet in a jumble of tram cables and traffic jams, is a little of Central African neighbourhood. Shops with windows full of yellow-black plantains and knobbly root vegetables and hair extensions. And fridges stacked with Guinness Special Export and Foreign Extra Stout.

Brussels Irish // Drinking my first ever Guinness, in African Brussels

The Session #129 - A Round-up

Acknowledging that the local Brussels brewing scene is still quite small compared to other local scenes, I expected that in this era of ubiquitous choice many submissions might highlight the abundance of styles available to them locally. And, several did. Several more entries questioned the very nature of styles and posited a contradiction between the spread of styles and the search for local variety.

The Session #129 - A Round-up

The Session #129 - A Plea for a Brussels Pils

I settle into my seat with a draught glass of Redor Pils from Brasserie Dupont, contemplating my lot, and the lot of pils in Brussels. This is a beer style (or at least a family of beers made using bottom-fermenting yeasts at low temperatures) that defined brewing in this city for half a century, but has since vanished along with the breweries that made it so dominant. As brewing undergoes a revival in the city, it is time for the new generation of Brussels breweries to do justice to the city’s beer history.

The Session #129 - A Plea for a Brussels Pils

Announcing The Session #129 - Missing Local Beer Styles

The Session #129 – Beer Blogging Friday – for November 2017. And the theme of this month is "Missing Local Beer Styles". Essentially: what beer style would you like to see being brewed in your local market that is not yet being brewed? Simple enough question.

Announcing The Session #129 - Missing Local Beer Styles

Drinking in Koekelberg // The past, and a future?

Change comes slowly to Brussels. But it is coming to the corner of Brussels where the unfashionable communes of Koekelberg, Jette, and Ganshoren meet at Parc Elisabeth in a jigsaw puzzle of municipal borders. Hotel Restaurant Taverne Le Frederiksborg and Bar Eliza represent old and new Brussels, and show in their contrasting fortunes how accelerating demographic changes are reshaping the neighbourhood. They also serve beer.

Drinking in Koekelberg // The past, and a future?

When is a Brussels beer not a Brussels beer?

It is a simple enough assumption: that a beer with the name of a place would be made at that place. In Brussels, as elsewhere, reality is a little muddier. A new beer launched in June that puts Molenbeek at the centre of its branding raises issues of provenance and what it means to be a Brussels beer.

When is a Brussels beer not a Brussels beer?

Brussels Beer City - charting a city's beer revival

Brussels Beer City is a blog about Brussels and its beer culture. This is not an industry blog. Nor is it a beer review site. There are other, better websites if that is what you are looking for. That is not to say that I will not cover developments in Brussels’ brewing industry, or discuss and rate beers from breweries in Brussels. What it does mean is that I want to write about the city’s broader relationship with beer and brewing – its breweries, its bars, and its cultural, historical, and urban legacy.

Brussels Beer City - charting a city's beer revival