Monday, June 29, 2015

Beligum or Bust!

This Summer I'll be heading to the International Beer Writers Conference in Belgium. I haven't been back to Belgium since I studied abroad in France during the last Summer semester of college when I was 22 years old. Back than I didn't have the appreciation or palette for fine beers, so needless to say I'm excited to revisit and expand my knowledge of the craft.

In addition to going to Belgium, I'll also be visiting France and Germany, so this winter I brushed up on my French at Alliance Française de Chicago. I still have a far way to go as it's been since High School since I took French, but it was great to have the refresher.

Some of my favorite beers to drink and brew are Belgian styles, so I'm thrilled to get the chance to go to Belgium meet the brewers and drink fresh saisons, tappists, lambics, and more, direct from the source while talking shop. I'm also reading Brewing like a Monk, which I purchased at the past National Homebrewer Confernece in San Diego earlier this month. The book goes into detail on the history of Belgium brewing and the origins of the holy grail of tappists beers, while also providing some homebrewing recipes for beers like Dupont. I'm also hoping to find time to squeeze in brewing session of a Dubbel before I leave. I have yet to brew that style and would love to drink it in the Fall when I return.  

Below is taste... a visual beer wall of what I'll get to drink on this trip, it's an the amazing lineup! I can almost taste the effervescent bubbles dancing on my tongue!



PRE-EXCURSION
Brewery PALM
Lindemans Brewery
Dupont Brewery
Dubuisson Brewery



CONFERENCE
Featured breweries: 
Dupont
Omer Vander Ghinste
Van Eecke
De Koninck
De Brabandere
Timmermans
Silly
Van Honsebrouck
Bosteels
De Ryck
Lefebvre






Other topics and activities at the the conference include:
History, Present, and Future of Brewing in Belgium
Press Conference & Live Beer Tweeting
Dinner at Brussel’s, Belga Queen followed by drinks at Delirium Café
Beer Marketing with: BrewDog, Nøgne Ø, and Modern Lambic
A Moveable Feast (walking lunch beer and food tour)
The State of Beer in Europe
Sour Beer Feature, Presented by De Brabandere
Pub Crawl with Paul Walsh of Belgian Beer & Food Magazine


POST- EXCURSION
Hopmuseum Poperinge
De Plukker in Poperinge
Abbey of Sint Sixtus
Struise Brouwers
Rodenbach Brewery
Brugs Beertje
Bourgogne des Flandres
Bruges Beer Museum
Brewery De Leite
Ruddervoorde
he one day pre-conference excursion on Thursday, August 27th is hosted by the Belgian Family Brewers The excursion is 20€.  All meals, tours and expenses are covered during the excursion. The excursion will start and end at the Hotel Marivaux in Brussels.
Innovation Meets Tradition on the “Oak, Fruit, Hops, and More” Excursion with Belgian Family Brewers
  • 12 noon: Pick-up at Hotel Marivaux and transport to Diepensteyn Castle for Discussion of HOPS and Belgian beer with Brewery PALM
  • Transport to Lindemans Brewery in Vlezenbeek for Education about the use of FRUIT in Belgian beer
  • Transport to Dupont Brewery for MORE beer secrets are uncovered 
  • Transport to Dubuisson Brewery for Discussion of OAK at the oldest brewery in Wallonia
- See more at: http://beerbloggersconference.org/europe/ebbc15-excursions/#sthash.QNPgZBgq.dpuf
Ruddervoorde
he one day pre-conference excursion on Thursday, August 27th is hosted by the Belgian Family Brewers The excursion is 20€.  All meals, tours and expenses are covered during the excursion. The excursion will start and end at the Hotel Marivaux in Brussels.
Innovation Meets Tradition on the “Oak, Fruit, Hops, and More” Excursion with Belgian Family Brewers
  • 12 noon: Pick-up at Hotel Marivaux and transport to Diepensteyn Castle for Discussion of HOPS and Belgian beer with Brewery PALM
  • Transport to Lindemans Brewery in Vlezenbeek for Education about the use of FRUIT in Belgian beer
  • Transport to Dupont Brewery for MORE beer secrets are uncovered 
  • Transport to Dubuisson Brewery for Discussion of OAK at the oldest brewery in Wallonia
- See more at: http://beerbloggersconference.org/europe/ebbc15-excursions/#sthash.QNPgZBgq.dpuf

Nancy Brew wants to know! What's your favorite Belgian beer?

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