FROM The man in the front seat / July 18, 2014

Guide to Belgian Beer

Belgium is home to some 125 breweries which between them produce approximately 500 standard beers but it is it’s the ‘Special Brews’, many of them one offs, which put the Belgian brew on the Beer map. When we include these Special brews the total number of Belgian beers is up around 8700. A few terms to help you to decide Types of Beer Trappist Beers Are beers brewed in a Trappist monastery For a beer to qualify for this category, the entire production process must be carried out by, or supervised […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 25, 2013

Westvleteren Brewery – we are monks, not brewers

A journey to Belgium wouldn’t be complete without two important things, chocolate and beer…preferably not at the same time. One of the most unique breweries is Westvleteren, located inside the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, not far from Ypres. The brewery produces three beers one of which, Westervleteren XII, is widely regarded by beer aficionados as “the best beer in the world”. The beers are not brewed for commercial sale and as a consequence the supply is limited with sales occurring from the doors of the monastery on […]

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