MARCH SHOWERS AND APRIL BEVERAGE!
It’s true, I grant it, we had no very constant winter. It is just in the final straight that the cold showed itself rougher, not just enough to leave the hop shoots pointed by the head and indicate us at the same time that 2018 should be an excellent year for the quality of the hop. The Belgian world of brewery more than ever, exports its beers towards all the horizons of the planet, even the most unusual. The brewing sector is the invited host of almost all the diplomatic missions, that they are accompanied by our sovereigns or by diverse minister’s personal staffs. It was the case quite recently in Canada particular in its part Quebec, the region promoter of the era of the microbrewery. In November 2017 it was India which welcomed some of our brewers and in particular beers of the Abbey of Chimay.
THE PETIT FUTÉ 2018.
Bernard Dubrulle, Jean-Louis Sparmont and Axel Cleenewerck, three convinced pioneers that the Belgian beer owes to be present in the numerous gastronomic relays in Belgium. For 17 years already, this guide of Belgian beers became the real bible not only for the foreign visitor but also for the autochthon, watching to not really miss anything. This very complete work, and quite easily handy, indicates you all the good stages not to be missed. Classified carefully and alphabetically, it is forbidden to you to know nothing more about our beers, of its breweries but also its stages where the beer pairing reigns in master. Although it does not appear at once, this guide shows however 216 pages. No region of Belgium escaped the vigilance of these 3 enthusiast beer authors. And besides it manipulates easily and with perfection. For little you would smell all the aromas from your sofa. Furthermore, this petit futé includes a history of the beer, the various stages of its manufacturing, the way of serving the beer as well as all that you should know to not missing a thing of the flavour of beers. The Petit Futé is a work by which you will appreciate the beer to the last drop in the glass!
60 YEARS, LET US RAISE OUR GLASSES !
This year we celebrate the 60th birthday of the Expo ’58. Those who, as me, lived it, have never forgotten it. I think that it is the most prestigious World Fair which was setted up. It left behind numerous memories as the Ancienne Belgique where already the Belgian beer took an additional moose. Numerous local beers obtained their letter of nobility, like Wiels, Concordia Pils, Gueuze Belle-Vue, Piedboeuf and I forget some. The most beautiful jewel remained intact, with the Atomium which is the most prestigious symbol of a whole generation. Between the modernity of certain buildings as the American Theater, for example, we shall also remember the Congolese pavilion in which there was reproduced a spectacular stream of the big African river. Is it a coincidence that today, John Christian Kavakure, founder of the brasserie de Flobecq, wanted to make relive this magnificent memory by a birthday beer, the « FLO 58 », a delicious very steady amber, mainly by the particular accents that must remind the announcement of the beginning of the years sixties? For certain nostalgic, it will bring them towards a user-friendliness more than a symbolism of a whole time, when human communication still had a sense of the friendship. For the youngest it will be synonymic of a gustatory opening as the elder at the time, who discovered in one day all the facets of the world. The Russian « Sputnik », present at the Expo 58, already evoked us the big dreams of the man, as that to be able to go one day to the moon. This new sophisticated beer will certainly not send John to another planet but will have the big deserve to bring its social role to move closer the people.