Belgian Beer Fete

Belgian  Beer Fete

THE DOVE & DOVETAIL – AWARD WINNING CRAFT BEER PUB AND BAR;

THE DOVE IN HACKNEY AND THE DOVETAIL IN CLERKENWELL, TO HOLD BELGIAN BEER FETES IN SUPPORT OF EAST LONDON’S ST.JOSEPH’S HOSPICE

The Dovetail on Tuesday 17th 2012 July and at

The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen on 18th July 2012

Prize Draw on Belgian National Day Saturday 21 July

Why do we want to do it?

We love the products we sell; our collection of Belgian beers is the finest available in the UK. We stock over 101 bottle Belgian Beers with 14 on draught at The Dovetail and 12 on draught at The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen. We want to help our customers to learn to love our different beers as much as we do. In the funnest manner possible we want to educate our customers to understand the taste and range of styles available and how to pair the different styles with our delicious food.

Belgian Beer Fete

So following on from the huge success and popularity of our previous Belgian Beer fetes Dove Pubs in association with Cave Direct, the specialist beer importer, are delighted to announce two events on 17th and 18th July at the Dovetail in Clerkenwell and The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen in Broadway Market, Hackney.

Win a trip for Two to the home of the Delirium Brewery Ghent

On a run up to the two big days there is an opportunity to win the star prize and a chance for those who cannot attend on the days to win. For one lucky pair we have teamed up with the lovely people from Huyghe Brewery to offer a trip on Eurostar to Ghent on 14/15th of September 2012 staying in a four star hotel http://www.ghent-river-hotel.be/, with a private tour of the Delirium brewery on Friday afternoon. From 1st July to 20th July on the purchase of any Delirium; Tremens, Nocturnum or Red entrants will be given a Dove card and will be directed to our website to enter into the draw which will take place on Belgian National Day 21st July

What happens at Fete?

On 17th the whole of the Dovetail will be taken over and on 18th the dining rooms of The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen with decorated market stalls and will feature the following:

Exotic Beer Stall

Manned by Jan Fleurkens of the Mongozo Brewery http://www.mongozo.com/en

Featuring the wonderful Fair-trade and organic beers of the Mongozo brewery.

Old beer-making traditions and new brewing methods have been combined by Mongozo to produce new and exotic beers. At The Dove we stock: coconut, banana and mango along with the Award winning Pilsner the first gluten free organic and fair trade beer. Ingredients, recipes and drinking customs from all corners of the world, including Ghana, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Brazil, are brought together in the different flavours of Mongozo beer. The exotic fruit beers and the pilsner beer are entitled to display the Max Havelaar–Fairtrade logo. Max Havelaar is the independent certification organisation behind the Fairtrade Mark. Fairtrade means just that: a fair trade. This means that Mongozo uses ingredients purchased from farmers in developing countries for a fair price. This enables the farmers and their families to take control of their businesses and to work towards a brighter future. More information can also be found at: http://www.info.fairtrade.net.

Trappist Beer Stall

Manned by Alain De Loecker from the Westmalle Trappist Brewery http://www.trappistwestmalle.be/en

Out of all the beers in the world, only seven of them can use the name ‘Trappist’: Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren and Westmalle. You can recognize them from the “Authentic Trappist Product” logo. A Trappist beer is only given this name if it satisfies a number of strict criteria: the beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision, The brewery must be controlled by the monastery and have a business culture compatible with the monastic project and the purpose of the brewery is not to make a profit. The income takes care of the livelihood of the monks and the upkeep of the abbey site. What is left over is used for charitable purposes, social work and people in need. The Trappist breweries produce beers of an impeccable quality that is permanently controlled. Westmalle Trappist contains 100% natural ingredients.

Draught Beer Stall

Featuring Bruges Zot and Bruges Zot Bruin http://www.halvemaan.be

Since 1856, six generations of the same family have steered the brewery with one single goal in mind: offer superior beer both in quality and in taste while respecting the traditional brewery art. The De Halve Mann (Half Moon) brewery is the only remaining brewery to make beer in Bruges.

The legend behind Brugse Zot (silver award winner at BISA Bira Tel Aviv 2011) was to welcome Maximilian of Austria to their proud town. The people of Bruges organised a colourful parade of merrymakers and fools. When they asked him at the end of the day to provide money for a new madhouse he replied: ‘Today I have seen nothing but fools. Bruges is already one large madhouse!’ Since then the people of Bruges are called ‘Brugse Zotten’ (fools of Bruges). Hence the brewery uses the symbol of a jester. A darker version of the town beer Bruges Zot Dubbel (gold award winner at BISA Bira Tel Aviv 2011) has been created. It is brewed with 6 special kinds of malt, which give the beer a rich taste. The world renowned Czech Saaz hop from Zatec has been chosen to give the beer this unique bitter note. Brugse Zot double is a full and stronger beer, highly appreciated by the beer lovers.

West Flanders Beer Stall

A collection of beers to showcase the different styles of excellent beers from the region; wit, sour red, gueuze, rose beer, amber beer, dark beer, strong blonde and triple. http://www.beerinflanders.be

The Dove Food Stall

Food to pair with the beers will be available from The Dove Food stall. All our food is made with fresh, tasty ingredients on the premises. Specialist products will be available such as Westmalle cheese – not readily available in the UK.

Staff from the breweries, The Dove and Cave Direct will be on hand to talk and answer questions about the breweries, the history of the brewing processes, the production processes and tasting suggestions and notes.

Finer Details

We do not charge for this event. We ask all participants to make a minimum £10.00 contribution to our local charity, St Joseph’s Hospice whose excellent work has helped and continues to help terminally ill patients in East London for over 100 years, http://www.stjh.org.uk.

Booking in advance is not required and entry will be on a first come first served basis.

On entering the market you will “buy” a book of coupons for beer and food, the customer chooses which products they would like to use the coupons on. Each customer will also receive a raffle ticket for entry into the tombola prizes. There will be a cornucopia of Belgian beer goodies to give away to the lucky winners.

 

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New Beermerchants.com site.

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website. We feel we have radically improved the layout, design and functionality of this new website with many new features! This will be the first time you’ll see the all new Beermerchants.com site.

Built from the ground up, the third incarnation of Beermerchants.com, We’ve gone out and put it all your suggestions in place with the new site.  It’s been a long, big job.   We really wanted to bring something special to the online beer retail world, I really hope you’ll appreciate what we have acheived.    Something simple, clean and easy to find the beers you want, and might like.

Here’s a few new things that I think you’ll appreciate.

NEW THINGS

We think the best thing is that you can browse by the breweries like Huyghe Brewery, Kernel Brewery and Fruli and more… you can find beers by style and by country at the click of one little icon.

You can now: Add to your wishlist, Review every beer, Buy Cider, Buy Genever, Buy Mixed Cases, Bottled Beers, many many different Beer Glasses for every occasion. View more than 300 products per page, quick search and many more little features.. with more to come…

IN STOCK? OUT OF STOCK? – Now, it’s always fatal to make promises, especially when it comes to technology – but, the new system has full stock control, so if it’s there, available and not saying “out of stock”, it should be there!

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ALL THE GOOD BITS – Be assured, all the good bits are still there: the favourite Mixed Cases, all the classic Belgian beers, Trappist Beers, but now with a range of awesome German brews and many great beers from the rest of the world! All delivered straight to your door for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, by our normal couriers.

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New beers are very much easier to add to the site now as well as bring technology improvements over time, we really have to work constantly keeping the site fresh and always offering something new. We sincerely hope you enjoy your time on the new site and we cant wait to grow and improve it further through 2012.

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Leffe Blond

Leffe Blond, in the UK!

Leffe is a beer brand owned by InBev Belgium, the European operating arm of the global Anheuser–Busch InBev brewery giant. There are several beers in the range, and they are marketed as Abbey beers. They are brewed in large quantities and are widely distributed.

History

 

Belgium beer (Leffe)

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The abbey Notre Dame de Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale. Using knowledge passed from generation to generation and ingredients found in the wild near the abbey, the canons developed a unique ale, brewed only at the abbey. 

The abbey itself has known hard times and has been damaged by both natural and human circumstances over the years. In 1460 the abbey was destroyed by a flood, a fire swept through the settlement in 1466, in 1735 billeted troops damaged the brewery, and in 1794 the outbreak of the French Revolution resulted in the abbey being deserted and the brewery destroyed. The canons returned in 1902.

In 1952, the production of beer was continued after a partnership with the Flemish based Lootvoet brewery in Overijse. This brewery was later bought by the international beer company Interbrew (now InBev). Leffe was then brewed in Mont-Saint-Guibert until Interbrew closed that brewery. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven.

The 1952 agreement between the Leffe abbey and a commercial brewery is said to have been the first of its kind (royalties continue to be paid to the abbey). Today, Belgium’s beer category called “abbey” is thriving – with several beers brewed under similar licenses to Leffe as well as abbey beers named after abbey ruins or abbeys that no longer exist. The Affligem and Grimbergen beers are a part of Heineken’s international portfolio. Other notable abbey brands include Corsendonk.

The Leffe museum in the town of Dinant is open to visitors.

Anheuser–Busch InBev

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From ABinbev.

Leffe makes the extraordinary, just perfect, bringing people together to share, and savor special moments. The Leffe family of beers are rich and full bodied. Made from only the highest quality ingredients, they provide a recipe for rich moments in life that deserve to be savored. Leffe’s unique brewing heritage is n

ow shared and enjoyed by consumers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

While sharing a Leffe, consumers savor true moments of indulgence. Designed for real beer lovers, Leffe is to be savored when there is time to relax and enjoy the deep, complex flavors wrought from a centuries-old brewing tradition. The brand is available in four varieties: Blonde, Brown, Triple, and Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée. Each of these unique brews is made by craftsmen who rely on hundreds of years of brewing competence and tradition to make a drink that offers a perfect moment of indulgence. Each one has its own character – treats to enjoy for different occasions.

Leffe Blond

A dry, fruity, lightly spiced beer, full and creamy – a perfect balance of strength and subtlety. The brand has a delicate and light, malty aroma and a subtle, sweet finish. Leffe Blonde is a perfect accompaniment to light, everyday meals. Leffe blond is available from Belgian beer importers Cavedirect

buy leffe blond online

Leffe Brown

Leffe Brown is substantially more robust than Leffe Blonde. This rich variety combines the rich aroma of roasted caramel with a slightly sweet finish. It is an excellent accompaniment to hearty, sweet and savory types of cuisine.

buy leffe brun online

Leffe Triple

Leffe Triple is a stronger beer with a full aftertaste of spicy coriander and orange. Leffe Triple is an excellent replacement for any robust or full-flavored white wine.

Glass of Leffe Blonde, a Belgian beer, in fron...

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Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée

Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée combines a very complex taste pallet and the fruity flavors of banana, citrus fruit, coriander and cloves, with a mild sharpness. It is a beer to drink instead of complex wines, with sophisticated and complex cuisines.

effe makes the extraordinary, just perfect, bringing people together to share, and savor special moments. The Leffe family of beers are rich and full bodied. Made from only the highest quality ingredients, they provide a recipe for rich moments in life that deserve to be savored. Leffe’s unique brewing heritage is now shared and enjoyed by consumers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

While sharing a Leffe, consumers savor true moments of indulgence. Designed for real beer lovers, Leffe is to be savored when there is time to relax and enjoy the deep, complex flavors wrought from a centuries-old brewing tradition. The brand is available in four varieties: Blonde, Brown, Triple, and Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée. Each of these unique brews is made by craftsmen who rely on hundreds of years of brewing competence and tradition to make a drink that offers a perfect moment of indulgence. Each one has its own character – treats to enjoy for different occasions.

Leffe

Leffe Blonde
A dry, fruity, lightly spiced beer, full and creamy – a perfect balance of strength and subtlety. The brand has a delicate and light, malty aroma and a subtle, sweet finish. Leffe Blonde is a perfect accompaniment to light, everyday meals.


Leffe

Leffe Brown
Leffe Brown is substantially more robust than Leffe Blonde. This rich variety combines the rich aroma of roasted caramel with a slightly sweet finish. It is an excellent accompaniment to hearty, sweet and savory types of cuisine.


Leffe

Leffe Triple
Leffe Triple is a stronger beer with a full aftertaste of spicy coriander and orange. Leffe Triple is an excellent replacement for any robust or full-flavored white wine.


Leffe

Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée
Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée combines a very complex taste pallet and the fruity flavors of banana, citrus fruit, coriander and cloves, with a mild sharpness. It is a beer to drink instead of complex wines, with sophisticated and complex cuisines.


Basic Belgians

leffeI know it’s a crap name for the article, but we get plenty of emails from people looking for basic Belgian beers – not Belgian people with a simple “sense of humour”.

It could be argued that either Leffe or Duvel is the archetypal Belgian blonde ale, and one of the most popular bottled beers in the country as well as being well-known internationally.  Duvel, in the name means “Devil” and some other blonde beers follow the theme — Satan, Lucifer, Brigand, Piraat and so on.  Abbey blonde beers like Steenbrugge and Leffe also fit the bill – the popular Val-Dieu and Brugse Zot has been ever so popular here at Beermerchants.com.

But what’s the point?  why are these beers so popular?  are they lagers for grown ups?  are they just for people who’ve been to Belgium and want to express that point when they go to the pub…?

I am sure that there are many people out there who have discovered the delights of Belgian beer before ever venturing there.  Lagers for grown ups, what a load of tosh, but it might well be possible?

I really love some of the history of the old monastic Belgian brewers – especially the not to be confused with Trappist

According to the probably very edited script(ures) on Wikipedia – The abbey Notre Dame de Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale. Using knowledge like many of the monestaries at the time, they were brewing beer – although official inbev or what ever they are called now, say they brewed a “unique” beer, whether that’s true or not, I have in my youth drunk my fair share of Leffe, even when it was a bottle conditioned beer.

Interesting to read that the abbey, in Dinant a beautiful gorge on the Meuse,  itself has known hard times and has been damaged by both natural and human circumstances over the years. In 1460 the abbey was destroyed by a flood, a fire swept through the settlement in 1466, in 1735 billeted troops damaged the brewery, and in 1794 the outbreak of the French Revolution resulted in the abbey being deserted and the brewery destroyed. The canons returned in 1902.

In 1952, the production of beer was continued after a partnership with the Flemish based Lootvoet brewery in Overijse. This brewery was later bought by the international beer company Interbrew (now InBev). Leffe was then brewed in Mont-Saint-Guibert until Interbrew closed that brewery. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven. The 1952 agreement between the Leffe abbey and a commercial brewery is said to have been the first of its kind (royalties continue to be paid to the abbey).

So, with all this history – is that a Basic Belgian?  If I was to pick a gateway belgian blond beer – perhaps, 6 or so years ago, I might have, now I would certainly suggest the double gold winner in the world beer cup – Brugse Zot.