Category: Hooray Beer!

Barrels of lambic in the cellar at 3 Fonteinen 3 Fonteinen coolships + the best way to spend a day in Belgium: drinking lambic and gueuze 3 Fonteinen is one of those places. We’ve been a bazillion times, but never bothered to take pictures. Until now…and with good reason—the new brewery. After many years of being a gueuze blender, Armand is brewing again! The equipment…

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Sampler paddle of the 6, 8, 10 and cheese at Maredsous Abbey Maredsous Abbey visitors center Inside the church at Maredsous Abbey Maredsous is an abbey beer brewed by Benedictine monks in the Walloon region of Belgium. The beer is, imo, just okay. Perfectly acceptable, not exceptional. It’s the sort of reasonably priced, solid Belgian I’ll drink when we move back to the states. But…

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Photos from the first-ever open brewery days at Chimay. Brew tanks at the Chimay Brewery Chimay yeast slurry Lines at the Chimay Brewery + View of the Trappist Abbey Last week we toured the Chimay brewery at the Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey in southern Belgium. This was the first year the Trappist brewery was open to the public. Honestly, not my favorite of tours, but…

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Copenhagen Beer Celebration was the reason to visit CPH. Beer fest? Mikkeller Bar? Chance to visit Denmark? Sold. (You had me at Mikkeller Bar.) The fest was May 11-12 in what appears to be an airplane but is actually a sports complex. This was this first year. As of now, no word on whether there will be a CBC in 2013. The announced list of…

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Foeders at Bockor Brewery. Small in comparison to those at Rodenbach Copper tanks at Bockor Brewery in Bellegem, Belgium Bockor was the second brewery we visited on Rondje Roodbruin (after Rodenbach). We did the abbreviated version of the tour—skipping the coolship. To get there you had to climb a narrow set of stairs with a tight stream of up and down traffic. Thank goodness most…

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An old street sign at Rodenbach Brewery April 22 was the first edition of Rondje Roodbruin—open brewery days at Rodenbach, Bockor and Verhaeghe celebrating the Flemish reds. I have to say, I am so happy we went because the next one is not until April 27, 2014. There was a free shuttle running between the breweries, free full-size samples and free, easy parking (we parked…

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Barrels of lambic at Cantillon Brewery March 3 was the public brewing session at Cantillon Brewery. This “open brew day” is held twice a year (March and November). It’s an opportunity to experience the brewing process firsthand, with a guided tour. Little known fact: you can take a self-guided tour of the brewery any day they are brewing—usually Tues and Thurs October to April (actual…

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