The House Of Belgium

  • A Beer Lover’s Tour of Belgium

    beer map of belgiumBelgium may not always be such a proud nation, but if you dig a little deeper you will soon realise that regional identities run strong. Regional beers or “streekbieren,” as they are known in Flemish, are a big part of this identification process; each region has its own special beer, often brewed locally and the preferred choice in local bars and pubs. The House Of Belgium is proud of this rich cultural heritage and excited to take you on this Beer Lover’s Tour of Belgium.

    Here we explore the beers produced in the northern part of Belgium: Flanders and Brussels. Next time we will look at beers brewed in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium.

    Brussels and Flemish Brabant - Gueuze & Fruit Beers

    The first stop on this tour has to be Brussels, the capital of Belgium and indeed Europe. Brussels is the only city in Belgium to be officially bi-lingual and it even has its own regional government. We won’t get into the politics of Belgium; suffice to say it is a city with its own strong sense of identity. Perhaps local bacteria are aware of it too, because it is only in the area surrounding Brussels that spontaneous fermentation produces Belgium’s famous Gueuze & Fruit beers. If you haven’t tried these you really must. More sour and fruity than other Belgian beers, this is the place to start your Beer Lover’s Tour of Belgium.

    Geographically speaking, Brussels is surrounded by a region called the Flemish Brabant. This region is home to the famous InBev brewery, producer of world-renowned Stella Artois and Leffe. Don’t miss the slightly lesser known beers from this region though including those produced by Palm, always a good fridge-filler.

    Passchendaele Beer in West Flanders

    West Flanders is best known for its World War I battlefields, the most famous of which has been epitomised by the Passchendaele beer. This beer was brewed in honour of the 500,000 men who lost their lives fighting for a mere 5 mile advance. It is not far from the famous Westvleteren Brewery, which brews one of Belgium’s best kept secrets. Unfortunately, The House Of Belgium is unable to sell Westvleteren’s rich, dark beer as it can only be purchased from the brewers themselves. We do sell all other Belgian trappist beers however, such as Orval, Chimay, Rochefortand Westmalle. Because those beers are all brewed in other parts of Belgium though you’re going to have to be patient: we will learn more about them soon!

    Other great beers to try from the West Flanders region include the Brugse Zot beers (literally translated as the Fool of Bruges); Hommelbier, whose name means “bumblebee”; and the Straffe Hendrik or “Strong Henry.”

    Gruut Beer of East Flanders

    East Flanders is best known for its beautiful city of Ghent, which is also the home of the Gruut beers. Brewed with spices instead of hop, these beers are certainly ones to look out for. Another renowned beer from this region, especially because of the glass in which it is served, is the Kwak. Legend has it a local brewer named Paulus Kwak devised this shape of glass so that coachmen could continue to drink their beer without spillage whilst making their way from town to town. Those of us who don’t drive coaches also appreciate this beer’s unusual glass and strong, almost nougaty taste. Just beware of the bubble of air that could hit you at the bottom: the secret is to twist your glass while you drink and, as always with Belgian beers, take it slow!

    Don’t stop there if you happen to be passing through East Flanders, the region has plenty more to offer by way ofSpeciality beers. Most notable are the Gulden Draak, named after the golden dragon at the top of the belfry in Ghent, and the deliciously spiced Delirium Tremmens, perhaps best known for the pink elephant themed bottle in which it is served and the state of delirium (=madness) it is supposed to induce…

    Drinking De Koninck in Antwerp

    Belgium’s jewel of a city is known not only for diamonds but also for some very good beers. Walk into any pub in town and order a “bolleke” and what they will serve you is a refreshing De Koninck, a type of Amber beer thus called because of the round shaped class in which it is served (“bolleke” literally means “small ball”). Other beers brewed by the same brewery include the iconic Duvel or Devil’s beer and its sister beer the Duvel Tripel Hop. We can only imagine why these beers are said to bring out the devil in you.

    Equally famous in the region is the Trappist brewery Westmalle, producer of the Westmalle Dubbel and Westmalle Tripel. Though the Dubbel is indeed less strong than its sister beer it still has a whopping 7% alcohol content: don’t say we didn’t warn you!

    This list is by no means exhaustive in fact we feel bad for all the beers we missed! Next time we will head for Wallonia, home to some of the beloved Trappist beers mentioned above and other lesser known classics like theDeugniet (=cheeky boy). Stay tuned!

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    alexYou have probably heard him on the phone but never met him in the flesh.. this is your chance to meet the visionary founder of The House of Belgium! :)


  • Welcome to The House of Belgium Blog

    belgian beer assortment

    Belgium being the multilingual country that it is we thought we’d launch this blog with a big fat WELCOME in all our national languages! Ok so English is not officially a national language (yet! what? enough already?) but sometimes it is the easiest way for us Belgians to communicate amongst ourselves :)

    So. Welcome to this blog where we will share with you our love of all things Belgian, particularly Belgian beer!

    If you want more information on who we are you can go here: About The House of Belgium. In a nutshell, we are nice Belgian people trying to sell you nice Belgian beer at nice warehouse prices :)

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