Events

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

“There's a lot of fake authenticity out there” // Overheard at the Brewers of Europe Forum

The first Brewers of Europe Forum wrapped on Friday afternoon, as weary participants leaked out of Brussels’ Square Meeting Centre after two days of a lot – A LOT – of discussions about beer. Speakers ranged from the CEO of the world’s largest brewer to the owner of a microbrewery on a tiny Greek island, and all points in between. Here’s just a snippet of what was overheard during those two days.

“There's a lot of fake authenticity out there” // Overheard at the Brewers of Europe Forum

"Europe is the cradle of modern beer" // Meet Europe's "Mr Beer", the man behind the Brewers of Europe Forum

Pierre -Oiliver Bergeron is the Sectrategy General of the Brewers of Europe, the umbrella body that represents European beer in Brussels. Wehn he’s not being taken for Mr Beer by the city’s regulators and legislators, he’s the man behind the Brewers of Europe Forum - bringing the continent’s disparate brewing cultures under one roof to debate the future of the sector

"Europe is the cradle of modern beer" // Meet Europe's "Mr Beer", the man behind the Brewers of Europe Forum

Brewers on the Brewers of Europe Forum // "I'm looking forward to drinking Westmalle on tap in a small Brussels pub"

The inaugural Brewers of Europe Forum is taking place in Brussels in June 2018. To get a view on the Forum, and the state of brewing in Europe in 2018, we asked a group of august brewers and brewery owners for their take on where we are at. And where they like to drink in Brussels.

Brewers on the Brewers of Europe Forum // "I'm looking forward to drinking Westmalle on tap in a small Brussels pub"

A European Craft Brewers Conference? // The Brewers of Europe Forum and unity in European brewing

“[To] connect the European brewing scene and try to put a counterweight against the Americans. To shout out the message to the world: Europe is the cradle of beer!” That, according to Luc de Raedemaeker, founder of the Brussels Beer Challenge and now one of the organisers of the inaugural Brewers of Europe Forum, taking place in Brussels in June this year.

A European Craft Brewers Conference? // The Brewers of Europe Forum and unity in European brewing

Brussels Beer Festival Agenda 2018 // 9(ish) events to do this year

2017 was a bit of a watershed year for beer in Brussels. Breweries like En Stoemelings and Nanobrasserie L’Ermitage both moved into new and/or expanded facilities. Brasserie de la Senne broke ground on their new site along the Brussels canal. The city even saw its first beershop open north of said canal in Fermenthings. And the beer events calendar has become increasingly busy – new upstarts joining established calendar entries. 2018 looks set to be no different; so to help guide you through 2018, here’s nine events to look out for.

Brussels Beer Festival Agenda 2018 // 9(ish) events to do this year

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

Alors on Zwanze

In all the years I’ve lived in Brussels, and as long as Cantillon have been organising their annual Zwanze celebration, I’ve never been organised enough to buy tickets for the main event at Moeder Lambic Fontainas before they have sold out. 2017 was no different. That is how we found ourselves schlepping up the hills of St. Gilles on Saturday evening to the original Moeder Lambic.

Alors on Zwanze

BXLBeerFest - Brussels' newest beer festival

The Brussels new wave beer scene continues apace. First cam the beer bars. Then came the breweries. And now it is the turn of the beer festivals. After the Swaff festival in July, this weekend it is the turn of the BXLBeerFest, what will be the largest beer festival dedicated to small, independent (craft, even) breweries organised in Brussels.

Over bottles of Orval at A la Mort Subite, Kevin Desmet – a.k.a. the Belgian Beer Geek – told me about the background to the festival, Brussels beer compromises, and why they think you should go to BXLBeerFest.

BXLBeerFest - Brussels' newest beer festival