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Do you know that: The LEUTE BOK ale was brewed in 1927 for the first time
18
NOV
2019

Do you know that: The LEUTE BOK ale was brewed in 1927 for the first time

"Leute" means joy in Flemish, and "bok" is of course the "he-goat". A very interesting and funny name for a real double bock ale holding a whopping 7.5 % alcohol by volume. The name-play...
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The first brewers were Incan women
19
OCT
2019

The first brewers were Incan women

A study reveals an ancient brewery that existed during the Inca Empire was staffed by a group of elite women who were chosen for their beauty and nobility, according to the recent media reports....
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Brewing in Bruges: De Halve Maan
01
OCT
2019

Brewing in Bruges: De Halve Maan

The history of beer on the iconic Walplein in Bruges goes back for centuries. The first records of brewing activity on the site date back to 1564, when brewery ‘Die Maene’ was mentioned in the...
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Belgian Beer Corner: DUPONT brewery
25
SEP
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: DUPONT brewery

The Brasserie Dupont is a former farm dating back to 1759. In 1844, it became the Rimaux-Derrider farm-brewery, specialising in the production of honey and “Saison” (season) beers, so called...
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A smoked beer?
08
AUG
2019

A smoked beer?

What is a smoked beer? "It's like liquid beef jerky," said a beer connoisseur. "And it's fantastic." It's a beer to enjoy in cool weather, like the wet, raw spring days of April and May.  Three...
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The great discovery of Lambic
16
JUL
2019

The great discovery of Lambic

Lambic is the very first style of beer, invented by human kind probably over 30,000 years ago. Lambic means that the beer is spontaneously fermented, which means that the brewer did not add any...
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Belgian Beer Corner: Het Anker Brewery the maker of Gouden Carolus
19
JUN
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Het Anker Brewery the maker of Gouden Carolus

Het Anker (The Anchor) is a particularly historic brewery, being on the site of a former place where Nuns had a form of convent, a Begijnhof (Beguinage), where the nuns brewed; it is known that...
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Ancient books inspire Fathers to revive beer brewing in new Abbey microbrewery
14
JUN
2019

Ancient books inspire Fathers to revive beer brewing in new Abbey microbrewery

Grimbergen, known for its award-winning and sensorial Belgian beers, has today revealed it has received the permits to build a new microbrewery inside the walls of Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels....
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Belgian Beer Corner: Trappiste de Rochefort
21
MAY
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Trappiste de Rochefort

"Trappiste de Rochefort" is a top-fermented dark beer. It is brewed and decanted within the Saint-Rémy abbey in Rochefort. The small dimensions of the Brewery enable the Trappist monks and their...
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Do You Know... 13
06
MAY
2019

Do You Know... 13

Orval is one of those unusual beers, both in terms of its packaging and its taste. It is a very rich, complex, tasty beer and well worth a try.  This is a Trappist beer, brewed by the fathers...
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Belgian Beer Corner Kriek 100% Lambic
03
APR
2019

Belgian Beer Corner Kriek 100% Lambic

Some pubs nowadays offer 200 or even 300 beers to their customers. It hasn't always been like this. Many years ago, only the local products were sold. In order to make the list a little bit...
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Do YOu Know... 012
26
MAR
2019

Do YOu Know... 012

For a long time, man has brewed beer without the aid of the most basic equipment. Thus we had to wait until 1760 before our breweries were equipped with the first thermometer. The densimeter made...
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Do You Know... 011
18
MAR
2019

Do You Know... 011

In Babylon and Egypt, long considered as the birthplace of beer, the drink was offered to the gods and was mainly used by kings and at important festivals. The Egyptians also attributed a...
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The legend of Orval
11
MAR
2019

The legend of Orval

The monastery was born of an act of gratitude: Mathilda was a widow and her weddin-gring had accidentally fallen into the fountain. She prayed to the Lord and at once a trout rose to the surface...
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The history of Lambic
11
MAR
2019

The history of Lambic

The Lambic style can trace its roots back over 400 years, and has remained mostly unchanged from its introduction. The first written recipe is dated 1516 and accounts from 1559 mention the...
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The industrial revolution in brewing beer
26
FEB
2019

The industrial revolution in brewing beer

Scientific and technological discoveries led to a veritable revolution in the 19th century. Brewing was now an industrial activity. Pils was also brewed for the first time in the small Czech town...
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Westmalle Trappist beers
28
JAN
2019

Westmalle Trappist beers

The golden Tripel made by Westmalle has in recent years inspired countless imitators, though few match its complexity. The abbey’s full name is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. It sits behind elm...
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Saint Arnould : Son of a brewer who went on to become a patron saint
14
NOV
2018

Saint Arnould : Son of a brewer who went on to become a patron saint

Saint Arnould is the patron saint of brewers and is also the source of the name given to the Arnoldus Group. But who was Saint Arnould exactly? Saint Arnould was born as Arnold in 1040 in Tiegem,...
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Gambrinus, King Of Beer
11
NOV
2018

Gambrinus, King Of Beer

The following story will explain why the Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs pays tribute to Gambrinus and why he is nearly always shown sitting astride a beer barrel.  Gambrinus is a...
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Benjamin Franklin - a beer enthusiast
06
NOV
2018

Benjamin Franklin - a beer enthusiast

Benjamin Franklin is famous for his "Poor Richard's Almanac" in which he had many witty sayings, fun advice and even the first ever political cartoon. His love for beer and wine often showed up...
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