Brouwerij Roman – Brewing Through Generations

Lode and Carlo Roman in the heart of Brouwerij Roman
Lode and Carlo Roman in the heart of Brouwerij Roman

Brouwerij Roman is the oldest family owned brewery in Belgium, making a wide range of Belgian beer styles as well as the Romy Pils. The brewery in Oudenaarde dates back 1545, and is now in the hands of Lode and Carlo Roman, 14th generation of the brewing family.

The current buildings are from the 1930s and they are an awe-inspiring sight. The huge yard with buildings on all four sides reminded me of a Danish country estate (like Hagenskov), and I suppose with its private quarters, horse stables and grain storage, it isn’t very far from the truth, though further production buildings make the brewery even bigger. Læs mere Brouwerij Roman – Brewing Through Generations

Visiting the De Koninck brewery tour in Antwerp

De Koninck decoration in the ticket office, made from a lot of De Koninck bottles
De Koninck decoration in the ticket office, made from a lot of De Koninck bottles

Antwerp’s De Koninck beer is a truly iconic beer, served in the equally iconic bolleke glass. In fact, you can go into any bar in Belgium and order a “bolleke” or an “Antwerpen bolleke” and you’ll get a De Koninck in the proper glass. Antwerp is a confident city, and they’re proud of their bolleke.

De Koninck is a part of Belgian Family Brewers, and although it was sold to international brewery giants Duvel-Moortgat in 2010, it still counts because Duvel-Moortgat is also family owned. They have put a lot of money into the old city brewery, and we visited a very impressive, completely new brewery tour. Læs mere Visiting the De Koninck brewery tour in Antwerp

Borefts Beer Festival 2015

At Borefts Beer Festival 2015. The evening view from the old mill
At Borefts Beer Festival 2015. The evening view from the old mill

Borefts Beer Festival 2015 was the seventh edition of the De Molen festival – and my sixth time visiting with a group of beer lovers from Odense. This year saw the festival growing even further, with a new warehouse being included, and the first floor of the warehouse offering a quiet place to sit and talk/write about the great beer. A nice touch that we took advantage of.

The first time we attended, on the festival’s year 2, we had tasted every beer available by Saturday afternoon, after two half-days of beer tasting. Recently, we have picked the more interesting sounding beers, and not really cared how many we managed. Today, it would have been near impossible to do all of them anyway. Læs mere Borefts Beer Festival 2015

Thornbridge Brewery på Borefts Beer Festival

Rækken af blogs om Borefts Beer Festival får lov at slutte med Thornbridge Brewery. Det engelske bryggeri har siden starten gået lidt andre veje end andre engelske bryggerier, uden dog at gå helt amok. Der er både cask ale og øl på fustage, afhængigt af hvad de mener passer bedst til den pågældende øl. Favoritten Jaipur var med på cask, men der var også et par ekstraordinære nye øl.

Thornbridge Brewery at Borefts Beer FestivalEn 3,5% Berliner Weisse fulgte stilen ganske traditionelt, med lidt brødnoter og frugt, foruden gærnoter og en forfriskende, citronsaft-agtig syrlighed. Den var renere i smagen end Berlins egen Kindl Weisse, og noget mere forfriskende. Også i den syrlige genre var en Sour Brown, en mørk øl med karakter af karamel, kirsebær og egetræ, meget i stil med de bedste amerikanske sour ales, og en virkelig vellykket øl af slagsen. Læs mere Thornbridge Brewery på Borefts Beer Festival