Nothing is cooler than coolships — especially for retro-futurists who love great beer. A large, shallow vessel made of copper or stainless steel, coolships are used to cool wort so it can spontaneously ferment into beer. They have been used for centuries, most famously for Belgian lambic at revered breweries like Cantillon.
“In Italy, being a gondolier is a family tradition. In Belgium it’s brewing beer.” Such is the introduction on the website for Belgian Family Brewers, a non-profit association representing small Belgian beer makers. If you love beer, you already know you’re destined for a trip to Belgium.
“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” lamely jokes the guy in your office who thinks he’s being naughty for having a light beer at a 3:30 p.m. offsite meeting. Today his coworkers might snicker at his so-called transgressiveness. Yet for most of history, drinking before 5:00 p.m. was perfectly acceptable, if not necessary. Many people drank in […]
Copenhagen’s Koelschip is maybe the best beer bar in the world. An ode to Belgian beers run by Danish craft brewery Mikkeller, it’s the rare supergroup that exceeds expectations. On a recent visit to Copenhagen, I stopped in. I was in awe of this tiny space with the most spectacular selection of lambics I’ve ever […]
Delirium Tremens is one of the most popular Belgian beers out there, and for good reason. Its signature pink elephant logo and ceramic bottles have helped it become incredibly recognizable. The medium-bodied Belgian pale ale exhibits apple and pear aromas at the nose, and features banana, fruit, spice, and wheat flavors. What it’s arguably most […]
We all have different ways of preparing for fall. Maybe you stock your wardrobe with corduroy and sweater vests. Maybe you apologize to your palate for all the pumpkin-spice-everything it’s about to endure. But one thing you should definitely do in preparation for fall: get your Belgian beer schedule ready. Oh, don’t have a Belgian […]
You may ardently love it —or think you hate it—but there’s still probably something you don’t know about Belgian beer. For one, it’s incredibly hard to qualify what “Belgian beer” actually is. (Except, that is, that it’s made in Belgium.) And then there are all the confusing religious terms —Trappist, abbey, Duvel (yeah, that means […]
Looks like Switzerland is not the only European country that likes to bury giant pipes underground. Granted, Bruge’s forthcoming underground beer pipeline doesn’t have as much devastating black-hole-creating potential as the Large Hadron Collider (which can apparently only be taken out by a weasel…really). But it’s still a bit freaky and futuristic.