We were invited to get pissed at this year’s Ales Tales Belgium Beer Festival and we did just that.
I have to say, we’ve never experienced such good vibes in a confined space with nothing but business competitors. The idea of choosing a single beer to be No.1 out of the whole festival was almost immediately discarded because, Jesus fuck, these people can brew. And the theory that Belgium beer is the best in the world became a fact.
HOF TEN DORMAAL
These people are not just brewers, they are farmers who grow EVERYTHING they use to produce their beer – how fucking organic is that!
We had a banging Frambuesa & Chocolat beer and a stunning barrel aged blond ale at 12(%) miles an hour.
Brouwerij De Glazen Toren
The Brouwerij de Glazen Toren mantra? They make big beers and only big beers.
Why? Because beer is meant for sharing.
“In Belgium, we buy one of these and ask for 3 glasses”
Their favourite saying is “Beer fears light!” That’s why they wrap it in those great glorified paper bags a-la-hobo style.
We called them the Beer Whisperers.
“We listen to the beer. Does it make a sound? Pop pop? That’s Coca Cola. That’s crap”
These legends previously worked in a bank, got fired, did beer, did it good.
Their beer is not only good tasting but also good looking, just check out these beauties. They also promised that if you only drink their beer all night you won’t get a hangover, no matter how smashed you get . Challenge accepted!
These guys aren’t mucking about. Their lightest beer is 6.2%, so we suggest inexperienced drinkers beware! This family owned brewery is set up in a restored abandoned farm in Gembloux, Belgium. It’s less than an hr outside of Brussels and we reckon you should definitely book a tour next time you are in the neighbourhood..
Brasserie de la senne
The beer of Brasserie de la Senne are produced by two passionate brewers from Brussels: Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq.
They work in a small brewery honouring the traditional ways of brewing beer: unfiltered, unpasteurized, free of any additives and using only the finest raw materials of the highest quality.
Something happened after the 4th or 5th brewery- we lost an umbrella, half of our tasting notes and a member of our team. It’s not our fault the ‘tastings’ and the people too nice and chatty. Let it be said that Ales Tales can put a good show, we won’t charge them for the umbrella because they threw a hell of a festival. Thanks for having us and we can’t wait for the next one.