Almost Christmas…?!

Hi there!

Do you also love the christmas market in Bruges?? This friday the ice track, the little shops & bars officially opened. It’s very cosy (but a little bit cold). But of course there is a very obvious solution for that.. Yes, I can see you thinking.. Alcohol!

The most popular drink in the winter time and on the christmas market is genever – jenever – genièvre. Did you already know that genever can only be produced in Belgium or in the Netherlands? Otherwise it cannot even be called genever.

Genever was produced by distilling malt wine. But actually it tasted really awful, so they added the juniper berry, to make it drinkable. The juniper berry was known for its medicinal effects. So genever is actually a medicine! 😀

It’s now also available on my webshop Taste Belgium. Click on the link to see what flavors are available!

Cheers and bottoms up…

Jenever

Jenever

Cathy

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What about hops?!

Hi there!

Today’s blog is about hops! It is so popular lately…

It’s the female flower of the hop plant (see image above). And it gives a rather bitter, grassy, floral, spicy, lemony,… taste to your beer.

It all comes down to acids that the hop resins contain: alpha & beta acids. In a nutshell, the alpha acids favor the fermentation of the beer. So they are responsible for the flavor of the beer. The beta acids do not contribute to the taste, but to the aroma of the beer. So that is why, there are two kinds of hops: the bittering ones and the aroma hops.

If the hop is added during the final 30 minutes of boil, it imparts the ‘hop taste’. If it’s added during the final 10 minutes, it imparts the ‘hop aroma’. If the hops are added after the wort has cooled and while the beer ferments, it’s called ‘dry hopping’.

And guess which country is flooded with hops? 🙂

No, it’s not Belgium.

Love,

Cathy

Background …??!

Hi there!

Quick message to let you know that I’m working on a new background for the beer bottles. I like this background a lot! I have no photoshop experience, but tried some tutorials to make my logo look ‘burned’ into the wood. I like! But it has to be smaller of course. What do you think?

Any suggestions?

Love,

Cathy

Burned

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Historium & Duvelorium

Hello everyone!

This weekend we payed a little visit to our neighbors 🙂

We started out at the Historium. You really need to go there with an open mind. It’s more of an experience and attraction than a museum. You are led into different chambers and with the audio guide you can follow a story. It’s made really life like with special effects (music, scent, objects)… It’s an ‘ancient’ love story (15th century), but I will not tell you anything about the content. No spoilers ;-). I think the tour was about 35 minutes.

After that you can have a drink at the Duvelorium. If you adore Duvel, you really need to go there. And you will definitely go crazy. I added some pictures so you can get an idea. Sorry for the poor iPhone-quality, but I didn’t have my fancy camera with me…

You can also buy three little beers to taste the different beers of Moortgat. You always get other beers. This time we had a ‘La Chouffe‘, ‘Maredsous‘ and ‘Liefmans‘. Price: 8,5 euros. (Click on the beers to order them online at my webshop Taste Belgium)

After that, you should of course visit the Bruges Beer Museum. It’s next door! 

See you soon?!

Cathy

Tasting: Bierboom

Hello guys,

Tonight we are tasting the Bierboom Tripel. Thank you Rudy Vossen for bringing it over to the beer museum.

It has a 8,5% alcohol and has a very hoppy taste! I would definitely recommend it if you like the hoppy flavor. The name comes from the stick people used, to carry the beer. See the picture below to understand and see what I mean 😉

bierboom

The beer is also called after a bar that we have here in Bruges (with the same name). You can find that bar in the ‘Langestraat’.

I also took a picture of us tasting it, hope you like it!

Cheers.

Cathy

New product online: Duvel mini

Good day!

Yet another new product for sale on my webshop.

The little brother of the Duvel 33cl: the Duvel mini (25 cl). I think it’s kind of cute 🙂

I guess I do not have to explain how Duvel tastes like? It’s one of our most famous beers.  I personally like it a lot.

Check it out here!

Cheers.

C.

Inauguration new brewing room ‘De Halve Maan’

De Halve MaanGood evening!

Two weeks ago was the inauguration of the new brewing room of ‘De Halve Maan’.
They are known for their Brugse Zot & Straffe Hendrik. It was a grand opening with of course a lot of  their delicious beers, a stunning Power Point presentation that explained the history, girls dancing in front of the new kettles and a lovely dinner/barbecue.

Do yo know what Brugse Zot means? Maybe you can guess it if you see the label on the bottle 😉

Cheers,

Cathy