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.Read More
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.Read More
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 sectorRead More
“[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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More