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For many of us, Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start to summer.  Getaways, vacations and chillin’ with friends is what’s most on our minds. And for craft beer lovers, there are some awesome events coming up that will make for a memorable and tasty vacation or staycation, wherever you are around the globe.  Here are 3 picks from coast to coast and over the pond to help start your planning:

FUNK Boston

Fests are the best way to check out a slew of new and favorite brews and no one does it better than our friends at Beer Advocate.  Their FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest, which is presented in conjunction with Dogfish Head, will feature upwards of 35 breweries pouring more than 125 beers at the Cyclorama in Boston on June 14 & 15, 2019.  The tix will be limited for a more intimate experience and a chance to learn more about the beers directly from the brewers.  Make sure to stop by the Beer Advocate table where you can enter for a chance to win the Beercation of a Lifetime-  a Bon Beer Voyage Beercation Cruise in Belgium thanks to our sponsors, Beer Advocate and Visit Flanders.   Buy your Tickets Here.

Paris Beer Week

Oh La La!  If you haven’t checked out the beer scene in Paris lately, you are missing out.  And if you are lucky enough to be traveling there during the week of June 8-16, you will have a chance to not only check out beers from the Paris regions, but also from the rest of France as well as around the globe.  Paris Beer Week is chock full of events all around the city, night and day, everything  from corn hole championship contests and brewing workshops to food pairings (including ice cream and beer!) to music events to tap takeovers. The sensational sudsy week culminates in a two-day fest on June 14th and 15th– which will include breweries from all over France as well as 14 other countries (Cantillon will even be there!)  There will be workshops for both amateurs and professionals and food vendors catering to everyone from vegans to those searching out German sausages!  Check Out The Events Calendar Here.

L.A. Beer Week

L.A. Beer Week commences on Saturday, June 15th with the 11th annual L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival and events run through the 23rd. The Fest will take place at the Los Angeles Center Studios with over 200 unique craft beers from 90+ independently-owned breweries. Hosted by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, this year’s lineup will feature over 70 LABG brewery members from L.A. County in addition for a dozen hand-selected guests. #LABW11

The Kickoff Festival will also feature a selection of local eats from the likes of Bartz Barbecue, Simmzy’s Burbank, and the new El Segundo Slice & Pint as well as special guest food trucks Brew Wings, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Baby’s Badass Burgers, and more! Also on deck: the return of the Snap Yourself photobooth, pub games, and live music including the return of the L.A. Brewers All-Star Band!  Buy your Tickets Here.

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Please note: Most of these tips are based on regulations for US citizens. Regardless of where you live, or what your nationality is, we strongly suggest that you check your local laws and regulations before you plan a trip beyond the borders of your homeland.

  1. If you are a US citizen heading overseas, you should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the US Government. This free service allows U.S. citizens, including nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  This will allow them to send you important info regarding safety conditions in your planned destinations, to contact you and/or assist friends and family in contacting you in case of an emergency.
  2. Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months past your intended travel date. Many countries now require that passports are valid for an additional 3-6 months beyond your departure date.  If you are traveling to one of these countries and you do not have the required validity, the airline can deny you boarding, or worse, you could be denied entry to the country upon arrival and have to turn around and head right back home.  You can check for various countries requirements at https://travel.stat.gov  You should probably bookmark this site if you are a frequent traveler anyway. You can find a wealth of info here about the country you are visiting, from whether or not you need a visa to security info and travel alerts.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the Shengen Agreement.   This is a treaty between 26 European countries, where border checks are no longer in place for most types of short-term tourism. This is important to know about for certain travel situations.  For example, if you are traveling between Shengen countries, i.e. on a bus tour for a day, you should keep your passport with you, because although there may not be a border check at the time you are planning your trip, it could be reinstated at any time without notice, so you need to be prepared.

There will be New Requirements in addition to valid passports for visiting Shengen Countries as of 2021.  According to the Shengen info website:

“ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is a completely electronic system which allows and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone. The legal procedures to pass the ETIAS have started in 2016, and the system is expected to be in place by 2021.
The ETIAS authorisation is not a visa.”

If you go to the Shengen website, (https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/check/, you can check if you will need to apply for an ETIAS Authorization or a Schengen Visa before traveling to Schengen Area.

  1. Can’t hurt to ask:  Check with your travel agent, tour operator, airline carrier or cruise line for any additional travel requirements, i.e. visas etc.
  2. Protect Your Investment and Yourself with Travel Insurance. Stuff happens. Flights get delayed, connections are missed, luggage gets lost, a family member at home becomes ill, a dental or medical emergency occurs while you are abroad.  (Most US insurance companies do not cover doctor visits or healthcare outside of the USA.)  Then there are also hurricanes, fires, floods and other examples of Mother Nature’s wrath. You are likely plunking down a significant sum for your vacation, make sure that your investment is protected with travel insurance from a reputable company.  There is a chance that your credit card covers some of your trip- but make sure to read the policies carefully.   They may only cover the trip if you paid for the entire trip with that card, and may only cover baggage, flight delays and/or missed connections.  Find out if they cover emergency medical treatment and/or emergency medical evacuation.  Also good to know is if they cover cancellation or trip interruption as a result of weather related issues.  For quotes and more information, click here https://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1 and make sure to use location number 09-0878.
Wishing you a Bon Beer Voyage!

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Room with a Brew
5 Inns/Hotels with Breweries On-Site

I am one of those truly fortunate folks who travels for beer as a profession. That being said, you can only imagine how my phone blew up with messages from friends making sure I was aware when Brewdog opened their Doghouse Hotel in Ohio.  And while they may have set a new bar (no pun intended) for brewery hotels, the concept is not new.  There are a number of brewery – inns all around the world where you can rest your weary head after indulging in the local suds.

If you are someone who likes to plan their own Beercation rather than join an organized group tour, here are a few places that you might consider for a stopover.

Too Cool For School

Apparently, Mcmenamins has a number of beer infused hotels in the Pacific Northwest, but the Kennedy School, located in NE Portland, OR has got to be the coolest. It is housed in a renovated 1915 elementary school.  Some of the guest rooms are in former classrooms and still have chalkboards and cloakrooms! And along with the restaurant, bars, movie theater and pool, there is a brewery – which is housed in what used to be the girl’s bathroom!  Covered in crazy artwork, this is definitely a destination in itself, but even moreso considerinng Portland’s awesome beer scene!

New England IPA or IPA in New England?

The Norwich Inn, located in Norwich, Vermont, opened in 1797 and Jasper Murdoch’s Alehouse (named for the original proprietor) has been brewing on property since 1993.  In 1995, the brewery outgrew the space it was in and moved into an historic livery building where it continues producing its beers today.   They offer some great getaway options for beer lovers here.  From a brewmaster’s dinner – to a cheese and beer pairing – to a baking with beer class, you can create a stay that allows you a unique experience and an escape from the day to day. (Isn’t that why you booked a weekend away in the first place?)

From Generation to Generation

Traquair House Brewery- Innerleithen Scotland  Traquair Castle was originally owned by the kings of Scotland. It later became the home of the Earls of Traquair whose descendants still live there. Currently, Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquir, is running the 300+ year old brewery that her father had discovered and reopened in 1965.  At the time he was brewing with all the original equipment! Known as the oldest inhabited and most romantic house in Scotland, Traquair House also is open as a b&b with 3 rooms.  The brewery is located in the wing of the house directly underneath the chapel.  Even if you don’t stay here, a visit to the grounds is possible and make sure to leave some time to get lost in the garden maze!

For fans of Belgian Beer, it doesn’t get much better…

Brouwerij Het Anker is well known amongst Belgian Beer Geeks for their Gouden Carolus beers. Staying at the hotel at the brewery has the advantage of allowing you to not only visit the brewery, but makes it quite convenient to eat at the tasty restaurant attached as well. And don’t forget to leave some time to check out their nearby distillery – even if you are not a whiskey fan you can’t help but admire the gorgeous hand-hammered copper stills.

A Serious Splurge-But Worth It:

The award-the winning brewery at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee is just the tip of the iceberg at this Relais and Chateau property in the Smoky Mountains.  This resort has so many awards and honors- from the food to the wine cellar and spa to the resort itself-  that the accolade section of their website is a downloadable 2-page pdf! This is the place where you go for a serious splurge, but nice to know that you’ll be able to enjoy some outstanding beer to go along with the rest of your awesome experience!

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Sheesh! When you read that it’s so cold that beer can’t be shipped, it is just too cold.  And it means that even those of us who are living the good life in the temperate southern states could even be affected by winter weather.  Not good.  We all need to take a stand against this crazy cold crap and find some ways to warm the heck up! Thankfully, we have some ideas to help you grin and beer it!

  1. Get out to some fabulous fests! This is fest season, people!  We have some great fests coming up in February here are 2 of our favorite upcoming options:

The Tailpsin Ale Fest on Feb. 17 is held in the WW II era hangar at Louisville Executive Aviation in Louisville, KY. This brewnique fest with over 75 local and national American craft breweries will also have a special “Kentucky Heritage” section featuring beers brewed in the bluegrass state. There will be vintage airplanes on display and photo opportunities with pin-up girls, live entertainment and some of Louisville’s best food trucks on hand.

In Florida, where heat is more the issue than cold, The Best of the Belgians Brew Fest in Boca Raton FL. will be held inside an air-conditioned facility at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach!  The fest will be the first of its kind in South Florida to feature Belgian-made and Belgian-inspired beers from breweries around world, including many local brews, offering beer lovers a rare opportunity to sample an enormous selection of some of the best Belgian-made and Belgian-inspired beers.

During the event, more than 60 beers will be flowing from local, national, and globally-known brewers like Ommegang and Orval, as well as some that are lesser known on this side of the pond, but have a fan base here such as De Struise, De Dolle, Abbaye des Rocs and De La Senne.

Barrel of Monks, hosts of this fest and other Florida breweries will also be sharing their own takes on Belgian-style beers.  VIP ticket holders will have access to specialty beers that will make any Belgian beer fan’s mouth water, from Westvleteren 12 to Cantillon’s Fou’ Foune (a lambic ale with apricot) among others.

Tickets were still available for both fests at the time of this posting.  Please see our fest and event page for other upcoming fests!

  1. Cozy up with some Beer & Chocolate Pairings

Wait until Valentine’s Day is over and hit up your local stores for all of the leftover valentine’s chocolate on sale!  Grab some of the good stuff while it’s a deal, pick out some nice warming beers and host your own beer and chocolate pairing!  Feeling guilty about this type of indulgence? Check out our previous article to learn why you should be eating chocolate and drinking beer!

  1. Warm up with a Winter Warmer Beer!
    Pick up a winter warmer beer. This is the time of year to enjoy something a little different, like Cascade Brewing’s Glueh Kriek. In London and elsewhere from the 17-19th centuries a drink called “flip” was served during the winter. It was a concoction of warmed ale, brandy or rum, sugar and spices like nutmeg.  This article on Vinepair offers suggestions on how to make your own winter warmer beer.  
  2. Warm Up Your Brain by learning about a Hottle!
    Did you know that long before you were warming up your morning brew with a portable heating rod in your hotel room, folks were warming up the other kind of brew with a tool similar to a fire poker called a loggerhead, flip dog or a hottle!  Check out this interesting article on beer warmers to learn more.
  3. Warm Up by Planning a Summer Vacation to the Sunny South of France for some beer… along with wine tasting, gourmet food, sightseeing, truffle hunting, medieval villages and some amazing experiences during our Provence Dreams Vacation. Sure, it may be more wine than beer, but if you are a wine fan as well, the thought of staying in a Chateau in the middle of a vineyard just outside of Châteauneuf du Pape should warm your heart!

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Staying in Shape and Drinking Beer – You Can Enjoy Both in the New Year!

It’s funny. People always ask me how I stay in shape while I “drink so much beer”.

I have to confess, I probably don’t drink half as much beer as it may appear from my social media posts. I like to share good beer, beer travel and beer experiences with my friends and followers, both in person and online, so most of my pics reflect this. However, drinking beer on a regular basis comes along with the job description when you are the CEO of a beer vacation company. And as someone who spent most of their youth out of shape, (yes, I was that kid that got picked last in gym class) I am motivated to keep myself healthy and fit. I spent years on the diet yo-yo and went up and down 20 pounds from high school all the way through my 20s.  By the time I was 30 (and I’m not telling how long ago that was!) I finally figured it out:

  1. The number of calories that you take in must equal the amount burned off by your activities of daily living and/or exercise in order to maintain your weight.  If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more than you take in.  If you consume more than you burn off, you will gain weight. Simple math.
  2. Dieting don’t work for most people, at least not in the long run. If you have a mindset that you are “going on a diet”, which many folks equates to depriving themselves to some degree, then you are likely planning to go off that diet at some point, which means reverting to your previous eating & exercise habits and potentially backsliding to your previous state. If instead of dieting, you choose to change your lifestyle to incorporate healthy options without giving up your own personal “dietary vices” i.e. beer, ice cream etc., then you can move forward toward your goals.

So, how do I drink beer(and eat chocolate and ice cream!) and stay in shape? By balancing my intake/output, keeping in mind that moderation is key.

The following guidelines will help you to make the transition to a fit lifestyle that incorporates beer.

  • You don’t have to finish everything that is put in front of you. This is something to consider, i.e. if you are in Belgium where they like to present a full pour in the proper glassware, rather than offer tasters. It can be hard to resist, but if you are at a brewery and are being offered full pours as samples of 3 of their high ABV beers, you may want to consider sharing with a friend or just not finishing the whole thing, especially if you are heading out for more beer tasting afterwards.  You may also just be at a local brewery in the US where you ordered a flight. You like three of the beers and don’t like the others. There is so much good beer all around us, life it too short to waste empty calories on beer, or any food or beverage you don’t like.
  • Water is your friend. It is good to balance your beer drinking with your water intake
  • Beer, or even treats such as chocolate, ice cream etc. needs to be accounted for in your daily/ weekly eating plan. To do so, you need to figure out the approximate calorie count in the beers or other treats you consume regularly, as well as what your daily calorie intake should be. (More on this below).  The majority of your calories should come from healthy, nutritious foods.  Beer and desserts should be a decidedly lower percentage of your daily calorie consumption.  If you are having a beer or two, you may not want to have ice cream the same day.
  • Keep Moving. There are plenty of exercise options and advice to be had all from all around. Nowadays, you can even join other beer lovers and combine your beer drinking with your fitness regimen.  Yoga in Breweries and at beer events is so popular that it was written about in the Wall Street Journal.  Beer marathons and beer running clubs are another way to burn up your beer fuel.  There are bike & beer events as well. Some breweries even offer discounts if you ride your bike there.  Of course, we all know that beer calories on Beercation don’t count!  Well, okay, that is wishful thinking, but on our Bon Beer Voyage tours we often have walking tours in the cities we visit so we can burn off some of that great beer we consume!

Learning what the calorie counts are for the majority of foods you eat regularly is fairly easy. There are tons of apps, books and online info as well as articles on diets, what helps curb appetite, healthy recipes, etc.  Most of us have learned or know where to find the basics about incorporating lean protein, “good carbs” and even healthy fats into your diet. So now all you need to know is how to figure out how the beer fits in.

Before you start looking at calories and workouts though, take a look at an estimated calorie intake chart like this one from the USDA https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usda_food_patterns/EstimatedCalorieNeedsPerDayTable.pdf

This will give you an idea what the average caloric intake should be for someone of your age, gender and activity level and will give you a baseline to work with.

As far as figuring out how many calories are in your beer,  there are charts listing the calories on some beers out there, but a lot of them are for beers you do not likely drink if you are reading this blog. J   If you are brewing your own and know the Original and Final Gravity there is a formula that will give you an exact calculation. However, if you are not brewing your own but merely a consumer, as long as you know the ABV, you will be close enough to determine approximately how much of your desired beer you can consume while keeping within your preferred daily or weekly caloric intake by using this formula:

%ABV x 2.5 =  # of calories per oz. of beer.

Note: If you are drinking a beer with more residual sugars, then you should use 3 as your multiplier to get a closer estimate.

If you don’t feel like drinking and thinking, then instead of doing the calculations yourself, you can check out this nifty beer calorie calculator from Brew United: http://www.brewunited.com/beer_calorie_calculator.php

The trick is, to not replace your entire daily input with “empty” calories, but to eat well, using most of these calories to feed your body the nutrients it needs and then enjoy, in moderation, your beer. Don’t deprive yourself of things you enjoy, but just remember to be aware of how much you consume and how many calories this translates to. Then make sure to move enough to burn it off.  (Put that Fit Bit to good use!)

To sum it all up: Eat. Drink. Move. Keep count and make it count.

And you, too, can literally have your cake and eat it too, or in this case have your beer drink it too.

Cheers!

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Its not too late to get awesome gifts in time for the holidays!
Check out our last minute buy and download ideas below!

1. Destination Beer Fest tickets- Here’s the scoop on some of the hottest upcoming fests around! Grab your tix while they are still available, these fests are sure to sell out soon!          

Two in Florida-if you don’t live here, these winter fests are a great time to plan a trip to warm up with great weather and great beer! If you do live here, this is a no brainer.

One in Boston– There is a reason Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest is now going strong in its 16th year- this is a bucket list item for all beer geeks, so make sure you buy yourself a ticket as well.
One in Colorado– If you are looking for a winter getaway surrounded by winter sports and full of great beer and beer events,  Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywine Fest still has ticket available. You can up your game and add a beer paired dinner to your tickets to make this a truly memorable gift!

2. Books from Pete Brown, award-winning beer writer and Chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers

Pete is one of the coolest guys we know in the beer community. He always has a fresh, interesting perspective to share in his lectures, articles and/or whatever book of his you are reading.  Fortunately, not only are his books available on Amazon, but you can also get Audible books and or Kindle versions which you can download immediately (i.e. in time for the holidays)!  Check out his website for a listing of his books and links to Amazon US or UK https://www.petebrown.net/books/

3. Best. Gift. Ever.

You know we’d never miss an opportunity to invite you to travel with us, so wanted to make sure you knew that we have availability on most tours listed, but heads up that early booking prices will end and prices will increase after Christmas for the Asheville Beer Safari Weekend. This Year’s Asheville trip is updated with a slew of new brewery visits, including Sierra Nevada, Zillicoa and Highland! Check  out our  Current Beercations and Beer Safaris and give someone the best gift ever: The Beercation of a Lifetime!

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Along with joy, holidays can also bring stress. Especially when it comes to finding the perfect gift.  We’ve all been the recipient of that “perfect” gift from our well-intentioned friend or relative.  You know, like Great Aunt Tillie who thought that being a craft beer lover meant that you totally needed a singing beer bottle opener that doubled as an alarm clock.   And who knows, we may have at some point, unknowingly gifted some of these type of gifts ourselves. 

Well don’t stress. We’re here to help.  Below you will find our take on some Good and Bad gift choices.  Hopefully you will find some enlightenment among these. You may even want to print out a few copies to share with Aunt Tillie and the rest of the family!

Happy Shopping!

Get This:
IPA Glasses from Speigelau
Not This:
Dumbbell Beer Glass  –
The only dumbbell here is the one buying this.
Get this:
Gift Card for Northen Brewer
Northern Brewer gift cards invite homebrew enthusiasts to shop their extensive collection and select exactly what they want most – from premium beer recipe kits and ingredients to quality brewing equipment. Plus they offer live brewer support 7 days a week so your gift recipient is sure to get exactly what they are wishing for!
Not This:
Suzy Beer Mitt, Knit Beverage Insulating Koozie, Beer Glove Looks like grandma was trying to knit socks when she was drinking…
Get this:
Mouse Ears and Cold Beers Baseball Cap
Living in Florida, we know plenty of craft beer geeks who are also Disneyphiles.  This low key tribute to their fandom is the perfect gift.
Not this:
BigMouth Inc King of Beers Drinking HatThe ad prints states:  Thou shalt get thy party started with the BigMouth Inc King of Beers Drinking Hat.
Me thinks this is a party I shall not attend!
Get This:
German Beer Advent CalendarWho wouldn’t love a beer-a-day countdown? So much better than a word-a-day calendar!  

Not this:
Empty Beer Advent Calendar Box

Not sure why anyone would spend around $20 for an empty box and then have to pay to fill it on top of that… maybe that is why the crowdfunding failed on this one!

 

Don’t Buy This:
Lolo Lid Stealth Beer Can Concealer Hides Drinks In Ordinary Coffee Cups


Seriously, if your gift recipient needs to hide their beer in a coffee cup, maybe they shouldn’t be drinking beer- just sayin’…

Buy Something Cool and Put it in This:
Beer Beard Prank Gift Box

With the coffee cup thing behind us, we will say that sometimes hiding things is okay. Like a cool gift wrapping that will throw you off of what is really inside. In this case, the wrapping is a fake box which will make your recipient think you bought them something as tacky as one of the “Do not buy gifts lifted above! From the Amazon listing:  PRANK GIFT BOXES at first appear to contain bizarre products from ridiculous companies. Simply pack the real gift inside, and try to keep a straight face as you watch your friends & loved ones attempt to remain gracious while thanking you for the “Beer Beard Secret Beverage Dispenser”. Then watch them explode with laughter when they discover their actual gift inside and realize they’ve been pranked.

 What’s the weirdest “beer gift” you ever gave or received? 

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This summer, I discovered a Belgian beer that I hadn’t tried before and really enjoyed- and I wasn’t even in Belgium at the time! I was in NY and the beer that tickled my tastebuds is not even available commercially yet in the US.  I was at an event at the Flanders Investment and Trade Office in New York City.  The trade event was held during the 2nd Annual North American Belgian Beer Week and was designed to introduce Belgian breweries that have an interest in bringing their beers to the US market to potential importers as well as shops, media and catering outlets.

The beer was Dame Jeanne’s Brut D’Anvers, a Belgian Brut Beer.

Brewers Patrick Theunissen, from  Dame Jeanne and Mark Struyf, from Brewery Den Triest designed the recipe for this award-winning beer which Brewery Den Triest brews and then sends to be  finished (fermentation on champagne yeast, riddling, freezing, de-yeasting from the bottles, corking, labeling and packing the bottles) in their production site: Dame Jeanne.

Dame Jeanne is unique in that while there have been other “champagne- style” brut beers brewed in Belgium, these beers have traditionally been sent to France  to be completed via méthode champenoise. Jeanne Damme’s line of beers are entirely produced in Belgium, from start to finish.

I asked Patrick a few questions about his beer and his thoughts on bringing it to the US Market.  Here is what he had to say:

Name:  Patrick Theunissen

Position at Company: Owner

Where are your beers now? i.e.  what countries?

We are a very small local company. We are going to expand our production in a new warehouse by the end of this year so we just started to look into possibilities from other countries. This summer we started to export to France, Spain and Norway. In October we will send our first shipment to Australia and expand our distribution network into the Netherlands. We are also testing the beer at this moment to start export to Japan.

Why do you want to come into the American market?

There are so many Beers in the American market, and also many good national beers, but Brut beers “methode traditional” is not known by brewers in the states.

When do you think we will be seeing your beers here?

On the Belgian Beer week in New York we had positive reactions from the catering industry who wanted to work with our products but we didn’t find an importer yet… so no idea when it will be available in the US, but always welcome to come and drink our beers in Belgium.

There are so many Belgian beers, What is special about your beer that makes it something worth seeking out in Belgium as well as bringing to the USA?

At Dame Jeanne we transform basic tasty Belgian beers into pearly bubbly brut beers, which charm both beer and wine lovers alike. We do this by “champagning” the basic beers completely in keeping with the “méthode traditionnelle”. Thanks to a controlled refermentation with champagne yeast in the bottle by way of manual riddling and traditional de-yeasting.

We are the only production who is doing riddling and freezing from bottled beer in Belgium.

What is your next favorite beer? brewery? (Aside from your own, that is.)

Gouden Carolus Whisky infused, brewery Het Anker and of course Triest IPA from brewery Den Triest….but this beer you will not find in the states.

How long have you been in the beer industry and what attracted you to beer/brewing in the first place?

We where originally making sparkling wine. In 2013 we started the beer project in cooperation with Marc Struyf from microbrewery Den Triest one of the best brewers in Belgium with a tremendous knowledge of the all hops you can find on this world.

Marc knew how to make great beer, we had the knowledge to make good sparkling wine. So why not combine the best of 2 worlds into 1 special drink? This resulted in our first beer Dame Jeanne “Brut d’Anvers”, the most champagne-like beer on the market.

In 2016 I completed the brewers school in Brussels so I can create my own beer and fully understand the whole process…but also today Marc is still sharing his knowledge so we can transform the exceptional basic beer into a tasty and pearly brut beer with a firm head.

Anything else really cool that you want to share with our readers?

Beer connoisseur and author of various international beer guides, Derek Walsh, called the Brut d’Anvers the most champagne-like and best brut beer that he had ever tasted. In our first year this brut beer won first prize at the Modeste beer festival in Antwerp, and was also pronounced to be the best brut beer at the Brussels Beer Challenge international beer competition.

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I recently had the good fortune of meeting Géraldine Legein & Gaëtan Vandenbulcke, founders of Bossuwé Brewing Co, at a Belgian Beer Week event at the Flanders Investment and Trade office in NYC. While I admit what first attracted me to their table was not the beer, but their monkey logo (I have a special place in my heart for monkeys), I was pleased to discover that they did not ‘monkey around’ when it came to producing good beer. Hop onto their website and you’ll see that they really have something special going on. Their talent and creativity is showcased just as well through their entertaining blog as it is with their wide range of tasty, award-winning beers.

Their beer is not yet available here in the US, but they’re working on that.  Meanwhile, you can find it in Belgium and fortunately for our Beercationers, we will be mooring nearby their home base one evening during our upcoming Belgium and France Beercation Cruise itinerary and plan on sharing some beers with our new friends.

Straight from the Monkey’s Mouth

I asked them to tell us a little about their brewery and plans to move into the US market and was honored to not only receive a response from Géraldine and Gaëtan, but also from Tony, the monkey!

Name:
Géraldine Legein & Gaëtan Vandenbulcke

Position at Brewery:
Founders

Where are your beers now?
In fridges all over the country.

Why do you want to come into the American market?
It’s a good excuse to have a drink on the other side of the Atlantic. Also, we’re on a pursuit of happiness.

When do you think we will be seeing your beers here?
All in good time.

There are so many Belgian beers, What is special about your beer that makes it something worth seeking out in Belgium as well as bringing to the USA?
We seem to have developed a very particular style of brewing, focusing on radical innovation, on weird and new beer styles and top quality levels while apparently remaining accessible for a surprisingly wide audience.

What is your next favorite beer? brewery? (Aside from your own, that is.)
There’s a time and a place for everything.

How long have you been in the beer industry and what attracted you to beer/brewing in the first place?          We’re pretty new in the industry. And we’ve always liked to have a great beer.

Anything else really cool about your beer/brewery that you want to share with our readers?
We’re hiring.

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Name:
Tony

Position at Brewery:
Monkey

Where are your beers now?
They must be down here somewhere. Let me take another look.

Why do you want to come into the American market?
Green card

When do you think we will be seeing your beers here?
A lot will depend on the time-space continuum.

There are so many Belgian beers, What is special about your beer that makes it something worth seeking out in Belgium as well as bringing to the USA?
It sometimes gets you drunk.

What is your next favorite beer? brewery? (Aside from your own, that is.)
Nothing like a Bud Light

How long have you been in the beer industry and what attracted you to beer/brewing in the first place?          The women.

Anything else really cool about your beer/brewery that you want to share with our readers?
We’re hiring

Get a Job!

Sounds like a fun brewery to work for! If you live in or plan to relocate to Kortrijk, Belgium, you might want to apply for a position!

Stay Tuned for more Belgian Beer Updates

Stay tuned to our blog by signing up for our free monthly brewsletter! We’ll be sure to let you know when some of these beers start escaping from Belgium, as well as news about other Belgian beers, Belgian Beercations, and even contests to win a trip to Belgium coming your way in upcoming posts!

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