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Beer History:
 
Beer is one of the oldest drinks in the world and dates back to the 6th millennium BC. It hasn't lost its popularity with over 35 billion gallons being sold each year.
 
Beer has changed and developed through the years and now there is a wide choice to choose from. In Belgium alone, there are wheat beers, lambic, trappist, blond beers, dark, abbey beers, amber, brown ales, saison, champagne beer, dubbel, triple, Christmas beers, Flemish red, golden ales, pils, oud bruin, hop-accentuated beers, scotch, stout and winter beers.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
-Benjamin Franklin

 
Beer of the Month:

DECEMBER 2012 - GOUDEN CAROLUS CHRISTMAS

Considering how old some Belgian beers have been brewed for, this beer is relatively young as it has only been in existence since 2002. It's already classed as a top world beer.

Made by the Het Anker Brewery in August, it is then left alone for a few months to gain an optimal balance in taste and flavours. At 10.5% ABV, it is a strong dark ruby red beer made from blending 3 different types of hops and 6 types of herbs and spices. It really will warm you up during these winter months!

You can purchase this beer in large 75cl bottles in packs of 12 or 33cl bottles in half or full crates. We also sell the Gouden Carolus glass.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Goudencaroluschristmas.aspx




NOVEMBER 2012 - ST BERNARDUS ABT 12 MAGNUM

This newly stocked Abbey beer definitely deserves a mention as it's classed as one of the world's greatest beers. The large bottle looks good in its gift box and makes an excellent present at Christmas.

It is still brewed by using the original 1946 recipe. The beer is dark brown in colour with ruby highlights, perfectly balanced, with a full body and a hoppy bite. It is also bottle conditioned.

The dark brown Magnum bottle is specially designed. The brewery logo is embossed on the bottle, which gives it a stylish finish. In addition, the special Bière Belge neck, personalised champagne cork and the full colour wire closure make this bottle unique. The famous Belgian artist Rik Vermeersch created the artwork for the front label of the St Bernardus Abt 12 Magnum Edition 2012. He made "De Abt" specially for this purpose and the original painting (80x80cm) is part of the brewery’s art collection. The screen printing on the bottle makes it a unique collector's item and the concept is the start of an annual tradition.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Stbernardusabt12magnum.aspx



OCTOBER 2012 - WOJTEK

Wojtek is a British beer brewed by Beartown Brewery in Congleton, Cheshire and is our Beer of the Month.

It's described as "powerful, deep golden and full of character", just like the bear it is named after. Wojtek was a bear that served in World War 2 alongside a unit of Polish soldiers. The bear behaved like a human and drank their beer, smoked their cigarettes and eventually their fate. It has become so well known that there is now a film produced to commemorate it.



This beer has an ABV of 5.8% and is sold in packs of 8. It is brewed by blending four different types of malt and a mixture of old and new hops.

It recently won a bronze award at the International Beer Challenge, London. Wojtek was also awarded the "World's Best Pale Bitter over 5%" and "Europe's Best Pale Bitter over 5%" at the World Beer Awards 2012.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Wojtek.aspx


SEPTEMBER 2012 - HOFBRAU OKTOBERFESTBIER

It's that time of year again - the biggest fair in the world - the Oktoberfest! The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and started back in 1810. There are lots of Oktoberfest German beers to drink and we have picked the Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier as our Beer of the Month.

This traditional German beer is rich and full-bodied and goes great with typical Bavarian cuisine. It has a bitter taste and an ABV of 6.3%.

Don't worry - if you cannot make it to Munich, then why not buy our Oktoberfest German Beer Mixed Pack so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own living room!


AUGUST 2012 - GULDEN DRAAK

To celebrate all of the Olympic gold medals won this year, we have chosen Gulden Draak as our beer of the month!

Translated literally as Golden Dragon, this beer gets its name from the golden dragon at the top of the belfry in Ghent, which has sat there for over 700 years.The legend says the gilded dragon first featured on the prow of the ship with which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson left on a crusade in 1111. He offered the statue to the emperor of Constantinople (the current Istanbul) to put it on the cupola of the Aya Sophia. Some hundred years later, the Flemish count Baldwin IX had the showpiece transported to Belgium. Here, the Norwegian dragon ended up in the hands of Bruges. After the battle on the field of Beverhout in 1382, the inhabitants of Ghent took the dragon as war booty and put it on top of their Belfry. In the Belfry all communal charters were kept. The dragon had to protect these documents and it was also the symbol of the freedom and might of the city.

Gulden Draak is a dark triple Belgian beer, brewed by Van Steenberge in East Flanders. It has a high alcohol content of 10.5% and smells of barley, ripe plums and cherries. Some call this beer a "barley wine". It undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle.

The beer is used in a variety of ways - as an aperitif, to accompany a rich dessert and in cooking!

You can purchase this beer individually (within our pick n mix section), as a crate or half crate. We also sell Gulden Draak gift packs and glasses.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Guldendraak1.aspx



JULY 2012 - SCHNEIDER WEISSE

This German Bavarian wheat beer has a long history and is consistently winning beer awards, as you can see below:


Even today, it's brewed using the original recipe from 1872. It's amber-mahogany in colour and full-bodied.

Why not buy the Schneider Weisse glass to fully experience this wonderful beer! We also stock Schneider Weisse gift packs, which make great presents for all occasions.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Schneidergiftpack.aspx


JUNE 2012 - BEE BY GUM

Great Britain has a lot to be proud about this year, what with the Queen's Jubilee and hosting the Olympics so we thought we'd celebrate by having a British ale as June's Beer of the Month!

Brewed by Barnsley Beer Company, this beer is made from honey and is a play on words of the Yorkshire phrase "ee by gum!" The honey comes from the same town as the brewery in Wentworth. It has an ABV of 4.3% and we sell it in boxes of 12. On the label, you'll notice that the scarf the bee is wearing belongs to Barnsley Football Club!

Check out our other British ales as well!!

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/British-beers.aspx



MAY 2012 - COOKIE BEER

This month's beer of the month is the renowned Belgian beer - Cookie Beer!

It's a spiced, blonde ale with an alcohol content of 8% and really does taste like the famous Belgian biscuit - Speculoos. It is brewed by the Brasserie D' Ecaussinnes in Ecaussinnes D'Enghien, Belgium.

It's become so popular with our customers that we have now added it to our pick 'n' mix section so order as many as you like!

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Cookiebeer1.aspx



APRIL 2012 - BRUGSE ZOT

To celebrate April Fool's Day, we've picked the Belgian beer - Brugse Zot - as our Beer of the Month. Brugse Zot is translated as 'the Fool of Bruges'. The legend states that when Maximilian of Austria visited Bruges, the locals arranged 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 have been known as 'Brugse Zotten’ (fools of Bruges).

Brugse Zot is a Flemish golden beer with an ABV of 6%. It is produced by brewing four different types of malt and two varieties of hop. Produced by De Halve Maan home brewery, it is the only family-run brewery still active in Bruges and has been in existence since 1856.

The Brugse Zot beer was created in 2005 and since then it has won various beer awards. It has become so popular that the brewery has had to increase production and is now available in 15 different countries.

Brugse Zot is available in crates of 24, half crates or to be purchased individually via our pick 'n' mix section. Glassware is also available.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Brugsezotblonde.aspx


 

MARCH 2012 - ROCHEFORT 6
 
At 7.5% ABV, this Trappist beer is the weakest amongst the Rochefort beers. It was first brewed in 1953 and the recipe has hardly changed since then. It's a top-fermented, bottle-conditioned beer that is dry and surprisingly easy to drink.
 
The brewery is based inside the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, near to the town of Rochefort and hence where the beer gets its name from. It's manned by 15 monks and isn't available to the general public, therefore not a lot is known about the actual brewing process.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Rochefortglass.aspx
 
 
 
 
FEBRUARY 2012 - ULTRAMOUR
 
To celebrate St Valentine's Day, Ultramour is our Beer of the Month.
 
This fruit-flavoured Belgian beer is brewed by Brasserie d'Ecaussinnes. It has a sweet-sour taste due to it being made from four different fruit flavours, namely raspberries, cherries, strawberries and lemon. It has an alcohol content of 5%.
 
You can purchase this beer in crates, half crates, individually or within the Belgian Beer Lover's Mixed Pack.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Belgianbeerloversmixedpack.aspx
 
 
JANUARY 2012 - BARBAR WINTER BOK
 
A perfect winter drink that will warm you up during cold nights! Since 2008, the brewery decided to continue producing this beer throughout the year due to it being so popular.
 
This Belgian beer is brewed by Lefebvre. To find out more about the brewery, click on this link - http://www.brasserielefebvre.be/en/page/22/history
 
It is 8% strong and is classed as a brown ale that undergoes secondary fermentation. It's similar to the Barbar beer in the fact that it is still made with honey, however it tastes more bitter. The honey comes from Yucatan in Mexico. The brewery maintains that the beer doesn't taste of honey, however.
 
The bottle has a swing-top cap highlighting the strong and ancient character.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Barbarwinterbok.aspx
 
 
DECEMBER 2011 - ST BERNARDUS CHRISTMAS ALE
 
This is a new Belgian Christmas ale we are stocking this year and due to it's popularity, we think it deserves to be our Beer of the Month.
 
The St Bernardus brewery has been in operation since 1946 and produces a range of both dark and blonde Abbey beers. This Christmas ale is the newest member of their beer family. This deep, dark Abbey beer has an alcohol content of 10% and is ideal for sharing as it comes in the large 75cl bottles.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Stbernarduschristmasale.aspx
 
We guarantee you a very Merry Xmas with this one!!!
 
 
 
NOVEMBER 2011 - GUINNESS SPECIAL EXPORT
 
We think this beer is worth a mention if you're a Stout lover, however be warned - it is NOT your typical Guinness! It is brewed by John Martin in Belgium (since 1912) and has an ABV content of 8%. It's a dry stout with a roasted barley flavour.
 
Believe it or not, it only contains 198 kcal per imperial pint so you can drink it guilt-free and you don't have to worry about gaining a beer belly!!!

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Guinnessspecialexport.aspx
 
 
OCTOBER 2011 - PAULANER OKTOBERFEST BEER
 
To celebrate the German Oktoberfest period, we have selected this German beer as our Beer of the Month. It's full-bodied, with a hint of malty sweetness. At 6% ABV, it's slightly stronger than your usual lager.
 
We're now selling this as part of a mixed pack, which you will find under the pre-selected packs section for a limited time only.
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2011 - TARAS BOULBA
Not only do we love the beer label, but this blonde, hoppy ale from the De la Senne Brewery is very enjoyable and not too strong at just 4.5% ABV.
 
The beer label tells a story... It depicts a young Flemish man who had married a French-speaking Wallonian girl and her father, named Taras Boulba, wasn't very happy about it!

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Tarasboulba.aspx
 
 
AUGUST 2011 - FLORIS NINKEBERRY
 
It's summertime and there is nothing more refreshing to drink than a Belgian fruit flavoured beer. We've chosen the Ninkeberry beer for August's Beer of the Month as it's unique!
 
Floris Ninkeberry is a Belgian wheat beer blended with exotic fruits so has a golden yellow and cloudy appearance. It smells of peach, mango, apricot and passion fruit. It has an ABV of 3.9%, comes in 33cl bottles and is made by the Huyghe Brewery.
 
This brewery was founded in 1906 by Leon Huyghe and is located in Melle in East Flanders. It not only brews the Floris range but also Delirium Tremens and many more.
 
This beer can be bought in crates of 24 or individually. We also stock the Florisgaarden glasses.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Florisglass.aspx
 
 
 
JULY 2011 - SCHNEIDER AVENTINUS
 
We have chosen this German beer as our July's Beer of the Month due to the amount of awards it has won - 13 in total between 1996-2011! The full list can be found on this link http://www.schneider-weisse.de/index.php?lang=en&tpl=brauerei.gesternheute.auszeichnungen&sid=70027660330362106486421800651007
 
This German beer is the oldest wheat doppelbock and has been in production since 1907. It is brewed in Bavaria at the G. Schneider & Sohn brewery. It has an alcohol content of 8.2% and comes in bottles of 50cl. It was named after the Bavarian historian Johannes Aventinus and his picture can be found on the label. The colour and strength of the beer take people by surprise as wheat beers are normally light in colour and weak. This, on the other hand, is dark and strong!
 
It is unpasteurised, unfiltered and top fermented. It goes well with typical German cuisine, grilled meat and chocolate desserts. The matching glass is no ordinary Scheider glass as it has an unusual shape.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Schneideraventinus.aspx
 
 
JUNE 2011 - OUDE KRIEK OUD BEERSEL
 
This cherry flavoured beer is brewed by Oud Beersel, which has been in operation since 1882. The brewery is located in Beersel (hence the name), just 10km from Brussels. It is special because it's one of the last authentic lambic breweries in Belgium.
 
What is lambic? Well, it's a type of beer that matures up to three years in barrels. To make Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, sour cherries are added to the lambic beer and then it goes through two fermentations.
 
Oude Kriek Oud Beersel is ruby red in colour and is unique in the fact that it contains approximately 400g of cherries per litre. The beer has no added sugar, artificial flavourings or preservatives. It has an ABV content of 6.5% and smells and tastes of cherries and almonds.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/Oudekriekoudbeersel.aspx
 
This beer has won a few beer awards over the past couple of years and has recently won the trophy for the "Best Belgian Style Ale" at the Australian International Beer Awards 2011. Read the full article by using this link - http://www.force3.be/emailing/20110521_oudbeersel_AIBA2011EN.html
 
 
 
 
 
MAY 2011 - KWAK
 
Pauwel Kwak is a Belgian beer brewed by Bosteels in Buggenhout. It is an amber beer, which is relatively strong at 8.4% ABV. It gets its name from an 18th century innkeeper and brewer.
 
Kwak is a warming beer with hints of liquorice and a slightly spicy character of coriander and hops. There is a subtle aroma of banana, pineapple and mango. It's best served between 5-6 degrees celsius.
 
Not only is the Kwak beer delicious, but it's glass makes an interesting talking point too! It looks like a mini-yard of ale and due to having a rounded bottom, comes with a wooden stand. Apparently Pauwel Kwak designed the glass during the 19th century for coachmen who wanted a drink but couldn't leave their coach, although it wasn't launched until the 1980s.
 
Kwak has won various awards, which comes as no surprise!
 
We sell Kwak beer, Kwak glasses and Kwak gift packs so why not treat yourself or a friend.

http://www.thebelgianbeercompany.com/kwakgiftpack.aspx

"I'm Kwaked!"
-A quote from my husband after drinking one too many Kwaks

 
 
 

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