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A Toast to Belgian Beer and Family Brewers

dupont_family_largeRecently, I  spent some time traveling around Belgium with several other beers writers, visiting with members of the Belgian Family Brewers — a group dedicated to promoting historic, independent family owned breweries.

It was an amazing trip, with brewery tours, tastings and time spent with brewers who go back generations and represent the breadth of Belgian styles, from farmhouse and abbey ales to pilsners and spontaneously fermented sour beers.

But beyond their passion for beer, it was evident that brewing is woven into the fabric of their lives, and represents a cultural identity that goes much deeper than merely a craft or a business.

I toast the Belgian Brewers for the beer that is such a big part of their country. And it just so happens that people all over America are toasting them today, too.

Sponsored by Vanberg & DeWulf, the  first company dedicated to importing Belgian beers to the United States, the Coast to Coast Toast 3 is happening today at specialty beer-centric bars, restaurants, and stores across the country.

Here in Atlanta, that includes metro Whole Foods stores and the Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points.

You can find out more about the toast here: belgianexperts.com/c2ct/.

And more about the Belgian Family Brewers here: belgianfamilybrewers.be/.

Are you fan of Belgian beer? What are your favorites?

— By Bob Townsend, for the AJC Food and More blog.

9 comments Add your comment

Dein

November 14th, 2013
5:41 pm

I love Corsendonk Pater. Easily my favorite on my last tasting trip to the Brick Store and was lucky enough to find it in bottles at Ale Yeah!, too.

Ned Ludd

November 14th, 2013
5:43 pm

Who said alcohol and religion don’t mix? Monks make the best beer! Any of the registered Trappist breweries (6 of the 8 are in Belgium) make the best beer in the world. Not all are monks but all are superb. Could go on but headed to the Porter Beer bar. Bob—Thanks for telling us about it.

Brenda

November 14th, 2013
7:10 pm

I am very fond of Grolsch. Thanks for the article!

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

November 14th, 2013
8:54 pm

Grolsch?

It is a Dutch beer which is now owned by SAB Miller.

I look forward to Scaldis Noel every winter.

Baltisraul......

November 15th, 2013
10:32 am

Ned Ludd……Who said alcohol and religion don’t mix? The Southern Baptists. And that is where the complaints stop. Little known secret; Southern Baptist go to Irish Wakes so they will have stories to tell their grandchildren.

Brenda…I like Grolsch also.

Littlebird

November 15th, 2013
11:05 am

I did a beer tour of Belgium a few years ago. Not a fan of the lambics, but love the Trappists. Westvleteren was fantastic. Love Orval and Chimay. Hoegarten and Delerium Tremens are fantastic commercial brews. Orval has a wonderful tour of the old abbey ruins. If you love beer, go to Belgium.

Jason E

November 15th, 2013
3:13 pm

I had the Kasteel Winter last weekend, and its the best Xmas beer i’ve ever tasted!

Baltisraul......

November 15th, 2013
4:07 pm

Littlebird……..’if you love beer go to Belgium’. I guess that works for some folks. I love beer and I go to the Need One More Bar & Grill. If I am lucky and hit it big on their illegal poker machine, I may have enough $ to make that Belgium trip.

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

November 15th, 2013
8:19 pm

Jason, I agree