Bookalokal: BRUSSELS CRAFT BEER CRAWL- April 19, 2014


BOOKALOKAL is hosting a Brussels Craft Beer Crawl tomorrow night!

Your Host- Dimitri

Your Host- Dimitri

Brussels is full of great bars and top-notch beers. This crafty beer tour takes you to three of the host’s favorite local watering holes and includes a beer at each location. As a beer-connoisseur-in-training, Dimitri is in his last semester of Zythology courses and is excited to share with visitors the particulars of these special Belgian beers, including how to properly pour, sniff and taste them like a local. He’s happy to guide you in English or Dutch.

NOTE: According to the website, tickets are still available!



We’d like to offer our sincerest congratulations to all the GOLD, SILVER, & BRONZE medal winners in the BELGIAN and FRENCH STYLE ALE categories in the 2014 World Beer Cup!

Category 54: Belgian-Style Witbier, 61 Entries

Gold: Witbier, Community Beer Co., Dallas, TX
Silver: Cheval Blanc, Les Brasseurs RJ, Montreal, Canada
Bronze: Gentleman’s Wit, Camden Town Brewery, London, United Kingdom

Category 55: French- and Belgian-Style Saison, 91 Entries

Gold: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen, CO
Silver: Temporis, Croce di Malto, Trecate, Italy
Bronze: TAPS Saison, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Corona, Corona, CA

Category 56: Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 31 Entries

Gold: Domaine DuPage, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Silver: Ohana Saison Noir, Ohana Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Barren Hill Biere De Extra, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery, Lafayette Hill, PA

Category 57: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale, 46 Entries

Gold: Blonde Fatale, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Knoxville, IA
Silver: St. Stusan Belgian Style Pale Ale, Galaxy Brewing Co., Binghamton, NY
Bronze: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 58: Belgian-Style Sour Ale, 37 Entries

Gold: Oude Kriek Boon, Brouwerij Boon, Lembeek, Belgium
Silver: Oude Geuze Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium
Bronze: Oude Geuze Boon, Brouwerij Boon, Lembeek, Belgium

Category 59: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale, 28 Entries

Silver: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
Bronze: Shadows of Their Eyes, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Category 60: Belgian-Style Dubbel, 35 Entries

Gold: Wäls Dubbel, Wäls Cervejaria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Silver: Gerardus Wittems Kloosterbier Dubbel, Gulpener Bierbrouwerij, Gulpen, Netherlands
Bronze: Brother David’s Double, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Boonville, CA

Category 61: Belgian-Style Tripel, 59 Entries

Gold: Candi Belgian Tripel, Dominion Brewing Co., Dover, DE
Silver: Steamworks Blitzen, Steamworks Brewing Co., Burnaby, Canada
Bronze: Delirium Tremens, Brouwerij Huyghe, Melle, Belgium

Category 62: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale, 41 Entries

Gold: Devil’s Thumb, Rock Bottom – Orland Park, Orland Park, IL
Silver: Deceit, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO
Bronze: Thor’s Hammer, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

Category 63: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale, 44 Entries

Gold: Hertog Jan Grand Prestige, Hertog Jan Brouwerij, Arcen, Netherlands
Silver: 3rd Anniversary, Airways Brewing Co., Kent, WA
Bronze: 4 Swords Belgian Style Quad, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas, TX

Category 64: Other Belgian-Style Ale, 55 Entries

Gold: Cerasus, Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery, Hood River, OR
Silver: Wäls Quadruppel, Wäls Cervejaria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Bronze: Golden Sabbath, Big Island Brewhaus, Kamuela, HI


Two Upcoming Beer Festivals in Belgium

We wanted to quickly mention two upcoming beer festivals in Belgium:

APRIL 26 & 27 2014

The 2014 Zythos Bierfestival will be offering 100 stands staffed by brewers and beer firms. At these stands you can exchange one token for one of the many different Belgian beers on offer and taste them in a smoke free environment. All beers are served in a 15cl tasting glass that you rent at the entrance to the festival (you can of course keep it as a souvenir).

Brabanthal Hall is a 10 minute shuttle bus ride from Leuven Station. The hall is easily reachable with a car and there is ample parking. The ZBF is a smoke free venue, which provides an optimal environment in which to taste some of the 500 plus beers providing a rich palate of tastes. In short the ZBF is an ideal place to discover or rediscover the whole family of the Belgian (special)beers.

For more information, visit: Zythos Bierfestival Website


MAY 24 & 25 2014

The Opstalse Bierpallieters have the honour of inviting you to their 23rd Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation which will take place Saturday May 24th and Sunday May 25th, 2014 both starting at 15h00 at Tapperij Beukenhof (Broekstraat 18, 9255 Buggenhout, Belgium). The entrance is free and even more, Zythos and EBCU members are offered a welcome drink.

At this unique event, the beerlist is mainly composed of lambic based beers as lambic, kriekenlambic, faro, gueuze, framboise and others (approximately 70 beers) from all of the remaining lambic brewers and blenders. Notice: only the authentic lambic based beers will be sold, none of the commercial ones. The beers of the 2 remaining breweries of Buggenhout and our own beers are also featuring on the beer list.

For more information, visit: Bierpallieters Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation Website

And a quick third (last minute) addition… (Tip given to us by Diane Fresquez, author of the book “A taste of Molecules“)

APRIL 1st, 2014

Belgian Beer and Food brings Poperigne to Brussels with a unique celebration of its hops, beers, and breweries. The event will feature Joris Cambie of De Plukker Brewery and Hop Farm. Danny Dieussaert of Van Eecke. An exclusive Poperigne beer tasting lead by Pierre Zuber of Delices et Caprices. Poperinge inspired canapes from chef Emily Gensley.

For more information, visit: Welcome to Hop Country, A Celebration of Poperinge Website

OMMEGANG OPPIDI BRUXELLENSIS – July 1 – 3, 2014 – Brussels, Belgium

Once more, Ommegang opens its doors to give you breathtaking folklore, magic and animations.

More than 1400 performers will help you relive a history (1549, the procession of Charles Quint) under the vigilant eye of the director Giles Daoust who will oversee sound and light for the sixth year in a row.

The Tenor Sebastien Romignon Ercolini and the Countertenor Dominique Corbiau and the Mezzo Soprano Isabelle Everarts de Velp will perform live at the spectacle accompanied by music composed by Ernst W. Meinrath.

Medieval village and Tournaments – Free Show

A whole medieval village will be created at Place du Grand Sablon, with free entry for everyone. Knights combating on foot and horses, falconry, are some of the activities that will combine history with pleasure over the three days event.

The Ommegang pageant reflects an important moment of Belgium’s  history as it continues to bear witness to its grandeur: They  welcomed the greatest Emperor of all times and showed him they could give a reception worthy of that immense nobility.

The festival’s purpose is to make Belgians aware of their national history, to inform them of their historic past so that they can better understand their future.

To visitors, the festival offers a historical portrait of Belgium and the role it played at all levels : history, economy, the arts, culture, etc.

You will see the major efforts devoted to recreating that memorable day of 2nd June 1549, which made their Ommegang an event of prime importance. It consistently attracts large crowds and implies a lot of social-economic advantages for Brussels and all of Belgium.

For more information, visit the Ommegang 2014 main website