We are more than half way through the summer, so it is time to update you on some stuff that has been going on in Belgium in the last few weeks.
Brewery Van Honsebrouck launches Passchendaele beer
During the First World War, in the fall of 1917, a terrible battle was fought at the village of Passendale. The battle lasted for several weeks and it cost the life of hundreds of thousands of (mainly British) soldiers. In memory of this ‘Battle of Passchendaele’, brewery van Honsebrouck has brewed a beer called ‘Passchendaele’. It is a light, thirst quenching blond beer. It comes in a 50cl bottle with a label that reminds us of the 1914-1918 period. Part of the money generated by this Passchendaele beer will be donated to the local town council.
In the period 2014-2018, one hundred years after the war, there will be many events in the region around Ypres to commemorate it. This beer is just one of the many initiatives that we can expect in the coming years. As a matter of fact, we can even expect more beers relating to this event. Micro-brewery Eutropius is already brewing a 14-18 Remembrance beer and brewery St-Bernardus is also working on a project in Ypres that should be finished in the coming months.
Maneblusser, the blond beer by Brewery Het Anker has undergone a total re-branding at the end of July. The beer received a completely new look, and will from now on be marketed as the beer for all Mechelaars (inhabitants of the town of Mechelen). The first batch of the ‘new’ Maneblusser was bottled on July 26th during a full moon. The coming months the beer will be promoted at pretty much every festival and every pub in and around Mechelen. This new look changes nothing to the recipe however, that remains exactly as it was.
New beer at the Abbey of Averbode
The Norbertine monks of the Abbey of Averbode in Flemish-Brabant will start brewing again. They will do so in collaboration with brewery Huyghe, known from its flagship beer Delirium Tremens. The Abbey of Averbode has a long brewing tradition; the monks brewed their own beer from the 14th Century until the 20th Century. Recently, the monks needed funds to pay for some restorations to their impressive abbey, and they decided to pick up their brewing tradition again. Together with this new abbey beer, they also plan to make an abbey cheese.
The beer will be ready by the spring of 2014. The major part of it will be brewed at brewery Huyghe, but there will also be a small micro-brewery with a tasting room inside the abbey. The Abbey of Averbode, surrounded by a large forest, is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers. They will soon be able to drink a refreshing beer at the abbey’s new tasting room.