Toer de Geuze 2017 is May 6-7

Published on April 27, 2017.

Oude Geuzestekerij De Cam, Gooik.

Oude Geuzestekerij De Cam, Gooik.

At Oude Geuzestekerij de Cam in the village of Gooik (Dorpsstraat 67A) the ever hard-working Karel Goddeau will be open, showcasing his fabulous beers. De Cam Oude Geuze, Oude Kriek, Kriek Lambiek, Framboise Lambiek, Lambiek Speciaal and other beers are highly sought after.

Karel Goddeau, blender and owner of De Cam, and brewmaster of Brouwerij Slaghmuylder in Ninove.

Karel Goddeau, blender and owner of De Cam, and brewmaster of Brouwerij Slaghmuylder in Ninove.

Karel Goddeau (in green) outside Oude Geuzestekerij De Cam.

Karel Goddeau (in green) outside Oude Geuzestekerij De Cam.

As to what might be on offer during Toer de Geuze weekend, Karel Goddeau told me: “We are going to keep things simple this year. We will have potte keis (pottekaas, a funky/stinky white cheese local to the area) as well as bottles of various De Cam beers. I have not yet decided whether I will offer anything on draft, although I do know which barrels are full of my favorite lambics, and lambics with fruits. So we shall see as far as draft. Remember that lambics are meant to be shared, and sharing bottles is the way it should be.”

Stu Stuart of Belgian Beer Me! Tours pouring straight draft lambic from a jug at at De Cam.

Stu Stuart of Belgian Beer Me! Tours pouring straight draft lambic from a jug at at De Cam.

Karel Goddeau with a pitcher of De Cam Framboise Lambiek.

Karel Goddeau with a pitcher of De Cam Framboise Lambiek.

Bottles of De Cam Framboise Lambiek.

Bottles of De Cam Framboise Lambiek.

De Cam Oude Geuze paired with a fine meal at Volkscafe De Cam, across from the blendery.

De Cam Oude Geuze paired with a fine meal at Volkscafe De Cam, across from the blendery.

Former Pilsner Urquell barrels at De Cam.

Former Pilsner Urquell barrels at De Cam.

Karel Goddeau with straight draft lambic at De Cam.

Karel Goddeau with straight draft lambic at De Cam.

Karel Goddeau pouring draft De Cam Framboise Lambiek.

Karel Goddeau pouring draft De Cam Framboise Lambiek.

At Brouwerij De Troch in Wambeek (Langestraat 20) is sure to have various lambics available from draft or barrel, as well as their Oude Gueuze and Oude Kriek. Brewery owner and brewmaster Pauwel Raes and the De Troch crew have been steadily increasing the quality of their beers for some years now, and the historic brewery is well worth a visit. Some of the buildings date to 1795, and the old brewhouse is still used.

Brouwerij De Troch in Wambeek.

Brouwerij De Troch in Wambeek.

Another shot of Brouwerij De Troch.

Another shot of Brouwerij De Troch.

Old copper kettle at De Troch.

Old copper kettle at De Troch.

Inside the old brewhouse at De Troch.

Inside the old brewhouse at De Troch.

Brewery courtyard at De Troch.

Brewery courtyard at De Troch.

Barrels at De Troch.

Barrels at De Troch.

Active fermentation at De Troch.

Active fermentation at De Troch.

Pulling a lambic from a barrel at De Troch.

Pulling a lambic from a barrel at De Troch.

Barrel room at De Troch.

Barrel room at De Troch.

De Troch Brewer/Owner Pauwel Raes (left) and Wanne Madalijns of De Lambikstoempers. (Photo courtesy De Lambikstoempers.)

De Troch Brewer/Owner Pauwel Raes (left) and Wanne Madalijns of De Lambikstoempers. (Photo courtesy De Lambikstoempers.)

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