The Kollusion Kollaboration

“Why would two different brewers stick their mash paddles into the same pot?” This was a question posed to me by a Dutch brewer in a small enclave of Belgian territory about 5 years ago. That has been my thinking ever since regarding collaborations. They almost always come across as a marketing gimmick, despite the …

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Breaking Boundaries Series II: This one is about the malt.

This one started out with a wonderful journey 5 months back, to where else? Belgium! Qiuxia, my wife, and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with Karl Dingeman. Karl just happens to be the great great grandson of Alexander Dingeman who started malting barley in Belgium in the mid 1800’s. Karl is now …

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Mixed Fermentation

Framboise is our newest member to join the Spontaneous Series. These Lambic type beers sit in the oaken barrels for well beyond 12 months before they are opened up for a sample to evaluate their maturity. It is at that point that several decisions are made. First, has the beer developed not only acidity, but …

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Keeping up the Belgian Tradition

Kriek, barrel aged sour beer fermented with cherries. Krieks originated as a variation on another Belgian style of spontaneously fermented beer called Lambic. Lambic producers originated from the area just to the south and southwest of Brussels. It is believed that the region evolved such a tradition of initial open fermentation, then wild or mixed …

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Boom Days: Meet the Bands (7)

Belgian's First Rapper, Period. Performing: Friday, July 15 at 7PM Too Tuff was one of the very first Belgian MCs to rap in Dutch. His 1999 hit record "Represent 2000 Antwaarpe" with his group Sint-Andries MC's, singing the praises of his hometown, Antwerp, became a local classic that can still be heard on Belgian radio. …

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Cuvée de Boom

As the name implies, this is a beer which reflects the role that winemaking has had on the beer culture of Belgium. Cuvée de Boom is roughly half Pinot Grigio and half Belgian Blond. The Cuvée is corked and caged then refermented in the bottle in the very same method as Champagne. This year, we …

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