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Chocolate Sea Shells
21
SEP
2018

Chocolate Sea Shells

The original Guylian chocolate Sea Shells, with their delicious praliné filling, are an exquisite combination of refined taste and time-honoured tradition, whose famous quality is savoured by...
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Monastic brewhouses
21
SEP
2018

Monastic brewhouses

Beer making was big business for the monasteries for centuries. Monastic brewhouses were generally located near moving bodies of water, where grain mills were set up powered by the water. Many old...
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European history of beer
21
SEP
2018

European history of beer

Brewing was originally in the domain of the woman of the house--as was bread-making, which utilized the same ingredients. A good ale wife was held in high esteem. Men often married, not based on a...
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Kriek - one of the Lambic’s secrets
17
SEP
2018

Kriek - one of the Lambic’s secrets

In origin, this sweet-acid drink was obtained by adding fresh black cherries to a barrel Lambic of 6 months young. The addition of fruits provokes a new fermentation in the oak barrels. After...
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Light is the enemy of beer
17
SEP
2018

Light is the enemy of beer

One critical factor that must be considered when buying beer is preservation. Anyone who has toured a brewery has noted the complexity, effort, and creativity put into the making of beer. It is a...
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Feel your beer
17
SEP
2018

Feel your beer

To fully appreciate beer, you need to put all of your senses to work: your eyes to see the color of the beer; your nose to smell the beer; your tongue to taste the beer and for mouthfeel; your...
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Belgians Love Chocolate
14
SEP
2018

Belgians Love Chocolate

Saying that Belgians love chocolate is a real understatement. “For us, chocolate is a devouring passion, a sweet addiction, and our national pride.” Undoubtedly, Belgian chocolate is some of the...
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Did beer beget bread, or did bread beget beer?
14
SEP
2018

Did beer beget bread, or did bread beget beer?

They arrived at about the same time but the result helped develop civilization. Rather than people being nomadic, the cultivation of grain helped stabilize civilizations with the development of...
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Does your chocolate look good?
11
SEP
2018

Does your chocolate look good?

To make chocolates, or bonbons, chocolatiers start by choosing their couverture, or inventing their own blends. For chocolatiers, the art of covering or enrobing bonbons in a perfectly glossy,...
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What brewing is all about?
11
SEP
2018

What brewing is all about?

Beer is made of starch, that can be found back in potatoes and all grains. The base component of beer is most of the time barley. By making the barley damp it starts germinating. The germinated...
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How much do you really know about chocolate?
30
AUG
2018

How much do you really know about chocolate?

Did you know it might make you feel like you’re falling in love? Or how much less caffeine it has than coffee? Next time you’re sharing Belgian chocolate with friends (you do share, don’t you?)...
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Embrace the "beer" seasons
30
AUG
2018

Embrace the "beer" seasons

Beer, more than other alcoholic beverages, has a certain degree of seasonality. Winter is the time for hearty ales and lagers. Duvel is a soft, golden elixir made by Brewery Moortgat in Malines,...
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Gueuze, the Champagne of Belgium
30
AUG
2018

Gueuze, the Champagne of Belgium

The soubriquet “The Champagnes of the Beer World” is often applied in general to the tart, refreshing styles of beer that can be made from wheat. The term Methode Champenoise is sometimes...
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Beer has been a source of inspiration to countless famous artists.
16
AUG
2018

Beer has been a source of inspiration to countless famous artists.

Beer has been a source of inspiration to countless famous artists. This is already the case on the Mesopotamian tablets, which depict the manufacture of "sikaru", the predecessor of beer. Ancient...
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When you drink beer with a straw
16
AUG
2018

When you drink beer with a straw

When you drink beer with a straw you get drunk faster compared to when you drink beer in a regular way. When creating a vacuum while sucking on the straw, the boiling point of alcohol drops (in...
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Beer excite chefs
13
AUG
2018

Beer excite chefs

Beer has a long distinguished culinary tradition. Dishes like Carbonnades, Fondues and Welsh Rarebit all owe their unique character to various types of beer. Two properties of beer particularly...
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Brewing a good beer
13
AUG
2018

Brewing a good beer

A drink that one could call beer is fairly easy to produce. Brewing a good beer is a whole different matter, despite the fact that the ingredients are always the same. Let no one say that he...
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The Name LAMBIC
13
AUG
2018

The Name LAMBIC

Much mystery surrounds the name of this most mysterious among beers. One explanation is that the name derives from that of Lembeek, a small town in the area of production. Lembeek is at the point...
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Beer is as old as the world
10
AUG
2018

Beer is as old as the world

The history of beer goes back to the ancient China and Mesopotamia, where writings have been found that describe how spelt or barley was used to produce a thick mush to which crumbed bread was...
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The history of Leroy Breweries
10
AUG
2018

The history of Leroy Breweries

For over four centuries, Leroy Breweries has been synonymous of tradition, craftsmanship and passion, which is reflected in its range of outstanding quality beers. The breweries even survived the...
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