Sunday, February 10, 2013

Belgian Spring Beer Fests article in BUZE Magazine

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,
East Flanders.

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

Microbrouwerij Urthel and De Hoppeschuur

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 
Microbrouwerij Urthel