Sunday, February 10, 2013
I'm happy to say that I have a nearly 1,000 word piece on
three of Belgium's best spring beer festivals in the second
issue of BUZE Magazine.
BUZE is a digital magazine targeted at tablets like iPads.
The first two issues are available for the iPad, and for issue
3, it should be compatible with Amazon Kindle Fire HD as
I cover the superb Toer de Geuze, the open house where many
of Belgium's lambic producers open their doors to the public
for a day, every two years. It is Sunday, April 21st this year.
The Zythos Beer Festival, Belgium's premier beer fest, is
also a focus. There should be close to 500 beers on offer
on April 27-28 in Leuven.
The Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation is the third in
this trio. It's focus, as the name suggests, is lambic-based
brews. It will be held May 25-26 this year, in Buggenhout,
You can read about these fantastic events by downloading
the BUZE app at the iTunes store here
Cost is $3.99 for a single issue or $19.99 for a year.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I'm happy to say that I have a nearly 1,000 word article on
the new project of Hildegard and Bas van Ostaden in the
February/March issue of Celebrator Beer News.
I wrote about Microbrouweij Urthel on these pages in
January 2012. You can read that post here
De Hoppeschuur ("The Hop Barn") restaurant
My first visit was in September 2011, and I returned for
a second visit-and a meal-at the new De Hoppeschuur
restaurant in December 2012. De Hoppeschuur means
"The Hop Barn," and the excellent new restaurant is
adjacent to the brewery.
Inside De Hoppeschuur
You can read about it in on pages 2, 8 and 45 at:
I urge anyone that can to visit this fine brewery and
restaurant located in the countryside of West Flanders,
A fine meal of spare ribs marinated in
Saisonniere at De Hoppeschuur
Microbrouwerij Urthel as seen from the
entrance to De Hoppeschuur
One of the beers in a fermenter at