Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dry-hopped Girardin Oude Lambik to debut at Zythos Beer Fest this weekend

ZBF, Belgium´s biggest beer festival, begins in two days.

There are lots of special brews that will be offered, such as
the unblended version of Liefmans Kriek.

There will also be 200 liters of Girardin Oude Lambik, run through
a randall filled with Nelson Sauvin hops.This should be a great beer!

Better get to the Girardin/Brouwerij Montaigu stand early. I know
I will...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Leuven's "Extra Muros" event, ZBF weekend, April 26-28.

(M Cafe, a great new bar in Leuven.)

Well, it's less than 2 weeks now to the second time the
Zythos Bier Festival (ZBF) will be held in Leuven, Belgium.

(Part of the beer board at M Cafe.)

Leuven has embraced the festival like previous cities never
did, as it promotes it own beeriness at the same time.

(Evert Thys, Cafe Metafoor.)

See my new article in Celebrator Beer News, "The Bars and
Breweries of Leuven, Belgium" here for more info about the
cities' pubs and local breweries in the region.

(Leuven's beautiful old town hall.)

So just what is "Extra Muros"? Well, the city of Leuven got together
with local beer speciality bars and members of the local beer
appreciation and promotion club, LBT (De Leuvense Biertherapeuten-
"The Leuven Beer Therapists"-see here for more info) to develop
events in the city worth a diversion during the ZBF weekend,
April 26-28.

During that weekend, bars in the city will offer beers that are not
available at the fest, as well as several tastings and other events.
About twenty bars are involved in Extra Muros over the weekend.

The Extra Muros website, with details, is here.

I expect that Friday night, April 26th, will be very busy, as the fest
starts the next day.

I know that Extra Muros will be a hit for beer lovers, as I have been
drinking....I mean, researching, beer with LBT members, such as
Luc Smekens and Steven Vermoere, for about 15 years. They know
beer and they know Leuven, so it should be a fun, beery time.
Be there. Tell 'em I told you so.