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Breweries in or near Ghent Gruut Brewery

Gruut Brewery The word ‘Gruut’ is the Flemish term for botanicals – herbs, fruits and spices used in the brewing process. And while the Gruut brewery isn’t old –founded just a decade ago – its methods most certainly are. Gruut, or ‘Gruyt’, was traditionally used in medieval breweries located in areas under French rule where hops were outlawed. Alternatively, German …

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Ghent “Gent” for the Beer Lover

Ghent is one of Belgium’s top cultural locations and a busy university city well used to catering for its many demanding students; there’s always something worthwhile going on. Named after the meeting place of two rivers, Ghent became central to Flemish trade throughout the medieval period and made many merchants incredibly rich. Their mansions still line the riversides today. The …

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THE BEST BEER BOOKS OF 2019 – REVIEW BY DAVID HARRIS

Davis Harris, a member of the British Beer Writer’s Guild, has released his annual guide to beer books. He thinks that the decline of new beer books reflects that the market could be saturated. One book that Harris recommended is called The Bucket Beer List by Justin Kennedy. This book is about beer all over the world. It would be …

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7 Best Beer Spots in Bruges

Bruges was established in medieval times, and has a strong history intertwined with beer establishments. There are modern beer and pizza joints, to satisfy students and backpackers. Bruges has bars in cellars of the historical architecture, and bars in landmarks over 500 years old. Charming, current and friendly beer establishments with a complete tour, and a lecture on the the …

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Best Belgian Beer Bars in Brussels

The European city of Brussels has a very rich and expansive culture, and its beer bars are no different. There are various styles of beer establishments, from formal, close and intimate, modern and friendly, traditional and reliable; in this wonderful city there is a perfect atmosphere to enjoy your favorite brew. Whether you want a low, high, spontaneous, mixed or …

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Guided Brewery Visits

Guided Brewery Visits Brewing Belgian Style beer is not easy. Belgian beers get their flavours from the malts and fermentation management. Although we light hop our beers are never very hoppy. In order to achieve these characteristics a lot of process control is in place. During your visit we will show you what is involved. You will be able to …

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The Art and Science of Aging Beer

Not unlike wine collectors, beer enthusiasts are experimenting with aging beer in home cellars. So far, the process has had mixed results, with some brews having a subtle, but noticeable improvement in taste, while others are downright unpalatable. When choosing a beer to age, avoid beers with a hoppy profile, such as IPAs. Malt beers and imperial stouts are excellent …

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The Coziness of a Belgian Cafe

You can learn about the history of a country’s drinking culture by visiting the right drinking hole. A typical Belgian cafe is typically dark, tiny, and packed with lots of photographs on the wall and plenty of interesting knick knacks. Belgians take their beer seriously and usually drink it with their meals, like bacon and sausage which is typically served …

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Brouwerij Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René, and more

Lindermans’ an Iambic beer brewery that produces specialty beers, also works with other brands to create collaborative select brews. They aren’t afraid of experimenting with their products and showcasing them at festivals across the European and American stages to expose beer drinkers to new experiences. Some featured brews are SpontanBasil, created with a Danish brewer, and the Linderman brews are: …

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How to Build a Perfect Pub

Pubs have always been a town staple. When selecting a pub, most people don’t look for a sleek place to drink. Instead, they gravitate toward basic meeting spots that offer a homey feel. Michael Kora followed such guidelines when he opened up his pub, Montavilla Brewery in Portland, Oregon. His business offers a rotating menu of traditional beers rather than …