“Mussels in Brussels?” That’s what the gal who wrote our plane ticket asked us before our first trip to Belgium.
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking November 1, 2007 - K. Florian Klemp
Often, when beer lovers venture into the realm of Belgian brews, they experience an epiphany. Even without an experienced or refined palate, it is apparent immediately that there is something different, something beyond the familiar flavors and aromas of other offerings. Be it depth, complexity or nuance, we are presented with the unexpected manifestation of... View Article
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking May 1, 2007 - K. Florian Klemp
There is no escaping the agrarian history of beer. This relationship was nearly lost a couple of centuries ago, as the Industrial Revolution seized control of brewing, but recently, beer-drinkers have demanded that beer revisit its soul, born of terroir.
Book Reviews - Full Pints July 1, 2006 - Phill Powell
So what is it about Belgium? We’re talking about a country roughly the size of Massachusetts, with an annual GDP less than many profitable pyramid schemes. And yet, in beer circles, Belgian brewing figures quite prominently—universally understood to be one of the world’s premiere beer capitals. And the constant subject of beer writers. Two new... View Article
Full Pints - Live Beer - Travel - Travel Features Harvest Time, Festival Time July 1, 2006 - Mike Tessier
This Flemish area of Belgium, nicknamed “Hoppeland,” is nestled against the French border and, in a country known for more than 800 beers, has the distinctive honor of being called the “brewers’ corner of Belgium.” There, five breweries are located less than a 10-minute drive from downtown Poperinge: the reclusive Trappist brewery of St. Sixtus,... View Article
Full Pints - History May 1, 2006 - Roger Protz
The Trappist ales of Belgium and the Netherlands, produced in breweries attached to abbeys, are world famous. They include Chimay, La Trappe and Orval, the most widely exported beers. They are produced by monks who help maintain their churches and fund their work in the community with the sales of their beer.
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking March 1, 2006 - K. Florian Klemp
Mention Belgium to a beer lover, and that person is likely to think of the quirky and diverse brews of a nation that fairly thumbs its nose at convention. While individuality is certainly at the heart of Belgian brewing, its artisans are also as beholden to tradition as any other brewers around the world. Many... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints May 1, 2005 - Gregg Glaser
Flanders in northern Europe is a flat land once covered with small family farms. As was common throughout the brewing regions of Europe, beer was brewed on these farms for the farmers and their workers. Since farming engaged laborers for much of the year, the brewing season was short; During the winter, a style of... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints September 1, 2004 - Charles D. Cook
Tim Webb is best known for his book Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Holland, which is widely considered to be the best guide covering all aspects of the Belgian beer scene. With the just released LambicLand, he and co-authors Chris (“Podge”) Pollard (who runs beer tours to Belgium from his native England) and Joris... View Article