Tag: lambic

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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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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Moeder Lambic as the first glasses or Zwanze were being served Zwanze Day 2011 @ Moder Lambic in Brussels Zwanze Day 2011 was Sept 17. So…In 2008, Cantillon produced a special beer—lambic with rhubarb (still dying to try that tho I’ve heard it’s “gone down hill” and I’m not willing to give up the cash/body parts necessary to do so). That beer was called Zwanze…

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Hanssens Artisanaal: another stop on the Tour de Geuze. Hanssens is in Dworp, Belgium. They are a lambic blender—meaning they don’t brew lambic, they buy wort from those that do and create their own blend. They make the traditional gueuze and kriek, a strawberry (Oudbeitje), and cassis and raspberry, which are export only. The tour was self-guided. (Sorry I haven’t bothered to translate any of…

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One of our stops on the Tour de Geuze. Oud Beersel is in Beersel (obviously) down the hill from 3 Fonteinen. Took the tour of the brewery which given was in Dutch. Then ate pork sandwiches that were marinated in gueuze and cooked on a spit. Check out the pig head. Nice. Oud Beersel was founded by Henri Vandervelden in 1882. A little more on…

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May 1 was the Tour de Geuze. Once every two years the High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers (HORAL) members in Pajottenland open their doors to the public for free tours and tastings. (Cantillon is not a member of HORAL; Girardin doesn’t participate.) There’s food, music, entertainment and HORAL’s Mega Blend—a special gueuze blended of lambic from the HORAL members. AND it’s kid friendly with…

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Here are some pics Matt shot when we took the Cantillon Brewery tour (for the first time) last June. Best 5€ you will ever spend, even if you don’t like beer (and if you don’t, you just haven’t had the right beer yet). The self-guided tour is unlike anything else—and includes two samples (gueuze and either kreik or framboise lambic). Basically you get to wander…

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