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.

 

Chimay & Beers

Chimay

Chimay Brewery (“Bières de Chimay”) is a beer brewery and monastery in Chimay, southern Hainaut, Belgium.

The brewery is located in the Scourmont Abbey, a Trappist monastery, and is one of the seven breweries worldwide that produce Trappist beer. They make three widely distributed ales: Chimay Rouge, Chimay Bleue, and Chimay Blanche.

Chimay is an authentic Trappist beer. That means that it is brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery under the control and responsibility of the community of monks, and whose revenue is devoted to social service.

buy Chimay Beers here

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.


chimay and orval

Wow, what a few weeks. Orval, Chimay, new breweries in France, and then the GBBF, not to mention the Pre-GBBF events, new American brews and much much more…

When I first came on board to help promote and develop Beermerchants.com never once in my craziest of dreams did I think I might get to go and wander around the classical pillars of the world of beer. Yes, ok, I have been to a few breweries on the winding road, but recently I have had the absolute screaming pleasure of visiting the breweries of Chimay and Orval, and one in France that I am sure you’ll hear more of in time. I will say the last few weeks, and perhaps months – life has been on the left side of left field, not that I am complaining – I  would just love you all to have seen what I have seen over the past few weeks – so here goes… Continue reading

CAMRA Good Beer Guide to Belgium 2009

Good Beer Guide Belgium   Tim Webb, Sixth Edition

The Guide.

The Guide.

The complete package:  Good Beer Guide Belgium 2009 as well as a great selection of 21 classic and modern beers that put Belgium on the map as one of the great places to drink beer, plus a glass

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About: Good Beer Guide Belgium – 2009 -

In the Good Beer Guide Belgium 2009,  Tim Webb does a superhuman job chronicling the staggering array of breweries, beers, and bars in the Benelux region. I have referred to my weather beaten, beer stained and thoroughly thumbed copy on many a trip to Belgium, for me the book was indispensable. You probably can’t afford not to use this guide. Not all beers or bars are created equal, even in Belgium. With a limited time and traveller’s budget it would be impossible to have savoured as many beers as I have without Webb’s help.

Because the Benelux countries are among the most pleasant in the world and easiest to get around and travel in, you will not even need a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide–the important stuff (the beer!) is in Tim Webb’s book. You can easily find hotels, sightseeing info, and food when you are there, because the region is highly traveller-friendly. However, many of the local beer menus include thousands of offerings and so you can imagine how a guidebook like this might come in handy.

The Good Beer Guide Belgium 2009 will also help you decipher those book-long beer menus and select the right brew for you. With the guide in hand you also might find yourself in towns and villages you never would have visited otherwise, because you were drawn there for a Trappist monastery or a special little bit of brewing history. There are a smattering of other beer guides to the region but none even come close to this one!

Here you have an opportunity to grab both the book and great beers for a very special price!

Now in its sixth edition, CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide to Belgium is the essential guide book for any beer lover travelling to Belgium. Its outline of breweries, beers and bars is so impressive that it is acknowledged as the standard work for Belgian beer lovers, even in Belgium itself.

The book includes comprehensive advice on getting there, what to eat, where to stay and how to bring beers back home. The new edition is suitable for both leisure and business travellers as well as for armchair drinkers looking to enjoy a selection of Belgian brews from their local beer shop.

As well as describing over 1,000 beers from every Belgian brewery and a guide to over 600 quirky cafes in Belgium, the book also gives a comprehensive listing of the best UK outlets for Belgian beers.

This is a must for any lover of Belgium and its beers.

Well done Tim!