Did you know ?
There are different kinds of beers :
The Pils : basic beer with an alcohol content of around 5% (Stella Artois, Maes, Jupiter…)
The white beers (bières blanches) are made up of a large portion/amount of wheat.(Hoegaarden, white of Namur..)
Trapists are brewed in an abbey (Orval, Rochefort, Chimay, …).
The beers from the abbey (bières d'Abbaye) are made based on receipes from the old abbeys (Leffe, Grimbergen, Affligem, Maredsous, ...).
Lambic is a Brussels’ beer.
Kriek, also a Brussels'beer flavored with cherries (by steeping).
The Ambrees (bière ambrée) are lightly made with hops (Palm, Bush, Vedett, Kwak,...).
Belgians export more and more beer each year : In 2016,
+8% in the EU
+15% outside the EU
There are 224 breweries in Belgium, 25 more in 2016 in comparison with 2015.
They employ 49.000 persons.
Belgium produces more than 1500 kinds of beers
The culture of beer in Belgium has been recognised as intangible cultura
heritage of the UNESCO.
The Belgian Beer weekend, beginning of September, brings together approximately 500 Belgian beers in the Grand Place. The Belgian Beer weekend has already been exported to 8 Japanese cities, including Tokyo.
In 2016 Belgium consumed 7.689.148 hl and has produced 20.616.367 hl
How to serve oneself a beer ?
Dehydrating beer: Empty the bottle in one go. Lightly tilt the glass, then straighten it. Leave the foam to fill oup. Immediately take off the bubbles from the surface of the foam with the help of a clean knife. Rinse the exterior/outside* of the glass.
Beer to taste: Serve the beer slowly. Form a rich collar of foam. Leave a small quantity of beer in the bottle to add eventually afterwards. For bottled beers, leave the ? of yeast at the bottom of the bottle and serve the bottle with a glass.
L’Association professionnelle des Brasseurs still occupies the house built in the 14th century for their corporation
Maison des Brasseurs
Grand Place, 10
(source : http://www.belgianbrewers.be/fr/economie/)
Where to taste a good beer in Brussels :
Parvis Saint Gilles,11
Rue de Savoie, 68
Rue du Miroir, 1
Rue de l'Enseignement, 57
Brussels Bier Project
Rue Antoine Dansaert, 188
De Bier Tempel
Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, 56B
!!! Even more addresses !!!
Brewing your own beer ... Yes it's possible
Chaussée d'Alsemberg, 75
Visit a brewery in Brussels
Rue Gheude, 56
Musée Schaerbeekois De La Bière
Avenue Louis Bertrand 33-35, Schaerbeek