Belgian beers

On July 30th, we talked all about Belgian beer culture and did a whistle-stop tour through several different Belgian beer styles.

To listen back, find a recording of the session below:


Video: Beer Culture in Belgium

In 2016, UNESCO declared Belgian beer culture part of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity“. Instead of starting off with a long list of style descriptions, I think this video is a helpful way to immerse yourself in Belgian beer culture visually.

A few things to call your attention to (besides the beer, of course!) are the importance of glassware and the importance of cooking with beer.


A brief history of Belgian beer

We’ve got two short articles to read here, as neither quite tells the full story.

The first gets a few dates wrong about the introduction of hops and doesn’t mention the revival of Belgian brewing in the 1920s and 1930s (post-WWI), but you’ll find more on those two topics in the second article.

https://www.visitflanders.com/en/themes/belgian-beer/a-brief-history-of-belgian-beer/index.jsp

https://belgibeer.com/en/blog/the-history-of-belgian-beer


And now, an overview of Belgian beer styles

This article’s a long one, but it makes for a friendly introduction to the many different styles of Belgian beer.

http://allaboutbeer.com/article/belgium-diverse-beer-styles-delectable-brews/

PS. For more on the legal definition of an ‘Authentic Trappist Product’ and a list of the 14 current Trappist breweries see below. (We’ll go into more detail on all this during the session.)

https://www.trappist.be/en/about-ita/atp-label/

https://www.trappist.be/en/products/beers/#


See you on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30pm BST to talk and taste our way through the beers of Belgium!

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