Author: Chuck Cook

  • A Visit to Publitasting Lambic Blendery

    A Visit to Publitasting Lambic Blendery

    While most of Belgium’s lambic producers are located in Brussels and to the areas to the south and west of the city, in the Payottenland and Zenne River Valley, there are some lambic blenders that are outside of that region. Geert Demuynck and his Publitasting Lambic Blendery purchases lambic that has been aged in barrels…

  • Brouwerij Kestemont joins The High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers, and Toer de Geuze 2024

    Brouwerij Kestemont joins The High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers, and Toer de Geuze 2024

    HORAL, The High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers, has just added another new member. Brouwerij Kestemont, which I wrote about last year on these pages in this previous article here was inducted as a member of HORAL on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Brouwerij Kestemont opened on the same grounds as the old Brouwerij Goossens in…

  • A brew day at Brasserie/Brouwerij Taymans, Brussels “new” lambic brewery

    A brew day at Brasserie/Brouwerij Taymans, Brussels “new” lambic brewery

    Brussels has another yet another brewery, and it is a historic one. What is now Brasserie/Brouwerij Taymans first opened in the Jette neighborhood, to the northwest of the city center, in 1906, as Brasserie-Malterie Taymans. For the first five years of its existence, Taymans was a lambic blendery and maturation warehouse. It was located on…

  • Lambiek Fabriek at Washington, D.C.’s Snallygaster Beer Fest 2023

    Lambiek Fabriek at Washington, D.C.’s Snallygaster Beer Fest 2023

    On Saturday, October 14, Brian Hennighausen, President and Founder of Winter Dog Cellars, and I will be pouring several beers from Lambiek Fabriek at the Snallygaster Beer Festival in Washington, D.C. The Lambiek Fabriek booth will be located inside the Gargoyle tent. I wrote about Lambiek Fabriek in this previous article here as well as…

  • De Lambikstoempers Beer Weekend is August 26-27, 2023 at De Lambiek Visitor’s Center

    De Lambikstoempers Beer Weekend is August 26-27, 2023 at De Lambiek Visitor’s Center

    De Lambikstoempers, the premier Zythos-affiliated beer appreciation and promotion club in Belgium’s lambic country, organizes several events throughout the year. The club is based in Halle, a historic old market town ten miles south of Brussels. One of the club’s premier events is their Bier Weekend, a beer festival that is usually held during the…

  • Brouwerij Kestemont opens on historic Brouwerij Goossens lambic heritage site

    Brouwerij Kestemont opens on historic Brouwerij Goossens lambic heritage site

    Belgian’s beer world has yet another new lambic producer, and this one is located on a very historic and beautiful lambic brewing heritage site. Brouwerij Kestemont opened on the same grounds as the old Brouwerij Goossens in the village of Sint Gertrudis-Pede (Schepdaal) which is part of Dilbeek, in 2019. Kestemont started as a lambic…

  • La Corvée: a collaboration between Brasserie Cantillon and Domaine Stéphane Tissot

    La Corvée: a collaboration between Brasserie Cantillon and Domaine Stéphane Tissot

    The much-loved Brasserie Cantillon of Brussels is regarded as crafting some of the most interesting and delicious lambic beers in the world, and for good reason. Fourth generation brewmaster Jean Van Roy, son of Jean-Pierre Van Roy, likes to experiment, and the many delectable and highly sought after wine and grape-influenced beers produced by Cantillon…

  • A Visit to Brouwerij Boon

    A Visit to Brouwerij Boon

    A visit to the hallowed Brouwerij Boon-which has the largest stock of lambic in oak barrels in the world, at 2.1 million liters-is always a great pleasure. The brewery, located in Lembeek, about 18 km/12 miles southwest of Brussels, in the Province of Flemish Brabant, added a new, multi story tasting cafe, called Boon Bar,…

  • ’t Parlement: Halle’s great beer and whisky cafe

    ’t Parlement: Halle’s great beer and whisky cafe

    Halle, a historic market town 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Brussels, sits on the edge of Belgium’s Payottenland. Halle is in the Province of Flemish Brabant, and is part of Belgium’s lambic country. As such, it should be no surprise that the city has a number of great beer-focused cafes, and that lambic is…

  • A day in the Payottenland and Zenne Valley with Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

    A day in the Payottenland and Zenne Valley with Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

    Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen has long been among the most well-respected lambic producers in Belgium. 3 Fonteinen was founded by Gaston Debelder in 1953 in Beersel, as a cafe and lambic blendery. The blendery was later taken over by Gaston’s son, Armand, and there have been a lot of changes since then. The detailed history of…