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The streets of Brussels were busy during the short Winter days. In January, more than 10,000 students skipped school to join marches demanding better protections for the globe’s climate. Many of the schools have shown understanding for the no-shows, an...

The post Beer Burglars, Lambic Departures & New Arrivals—Winter 2018/19 Round-Up appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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When Brouwerij Alvinne started in 2003, Glenn Castelein and Davy Speissens were contracting traditional ales and homebrewing classic styles. They worked at beer cafés and volunteered with the Objectieve Bier Proevers (OBP), the forerunners to the Zythos beer consumers group in Belgium....

The post EP013 | Glenn Castelein of Brouwerij Alvinne | The Belgian Smaak Podcast appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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Kristof Vandenbussche was a heating engineer, carrying out technical work for bigger breweries and assisting cafe owners in Bruges with the maintenance of their cooling systems. Before that, he had homebrewed with his friends, some of whom had studied chemistry...

The post EP012 | Kristof Vandenbussche of Brouwerij Fort Lapin | The Belgian Smaak Podcast appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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After meeting as volunteers on an earthquake reconstruction project in Peru in 2010, Elisa and I set up a home together in Ghent in 2013, using the cultural juggernauts of beer and chocolate to navigate the fascinating heritage of Belgium....

The post New Year Resolutions and Changes to Belgian Smaak appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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Belgium went to the polls last month for its local elections, held once every 6 years. As has been the case in other parts of the world recently, traditional centrist parties seemed to have come out as the biggest losers....

The post Burlesque Zwanze, ‘Māori Tears’ and Farewells to Podge—Autumn 2018 appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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Feature Photo by Trougnouf / CC BY As the summer of 2018 continues apace, Belgium recovers from a heat wave. President Trump raised the temperature on his visit to Brussels for a NATO summit in July, with thousands of people gathering under...

The post Canned Lambic, Lesbian Bars and Chinese Hoegaarden—Summer 2018 appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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“En Stoemelings” is Brussels dialect for “in secret” or “under the table”. Denys Van Elewyck was homebrewing as an archeology student. Samuel Languy went to India to study video game production. In 2015 the school friends from age 12 started...

The post EP011 | Samuel Languy of Brasserie En Stoemelings | The Belgian Smaak Podcast appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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Four years ago, two young men—one from Belgium, the other from France—started a crowdfunded beer project in the city of Brussels which involved a community of people choosing beers and contributing to their production. The beers chosen were produced at...

The post EP010 | Olivier de Brauwere of Brussels Beer Project | The Belgian Smaak Podcast appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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In March of this year, Oxfam—an international confederation of 20 NGOs working to end the injustices that cause poverty—began selling a beer box in Belgium.  The glassware in the box, made from recycled glass, was produced by a Bolivian cooperative,...

The post Socially Conscious | Brasserie De La Lesse appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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Jean Van Roy is a brewer and blender at Brasserie Cantillon, a lambic brewery with a colourful history located in the Anderlecht region of Brussels. Here, we discuss with Jean: Cantillon’s shift in 1999 to organic ingredients, his thoughts on...

The post EP009 | Jean Van Roy of Brasserie Cantillon | The Belgian Smaak Podcast appeared first on Belgian Smaak.

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