Brussels Beer Challenge: October 30 – November 2, 2014 LEUVEN, BELGIUM

The third year in a row BECOMEV, organizes the Brussels Beer Challenge. The third edition of this international beer tasting competition will be held in Leuven from October 30 – November 2.

The Brussels Beer Challenge was launched in 2012 to promote the beer industry in a market that is not only a benchmark for beer but also home to connoisseurs. The event is backed by the City of Leuven and Visit Flanders.

International experts will be gathered to judge entries both without bias and professionally. During the tasting, all beers will be grouped into consistent flights depending on their origin, specific characteristics and style.

Award-winning beers from the Brussels Beer Challenge will benefit from media exposure and international recognition. These accolades will become powerful marketing tools, opening up new development prospects.

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Belgian Beer Journal wishes to congratulate all the medal winners in BELGIAN-STYLE and BELGIAN INSPIRED categories at this year’s GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL!

Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – 41 Entries
Gold: Raspberry Provincial, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO
Silver: Saison en Regalia, Roadhouse Brewing Co., Jackson, WY
Bronze: Poire du Pélican, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR

American-Belgo-Style Ale – 69 Entries
Gold: White IPA, Badger Hill Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN
Silver: Belgian IPA, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Rockville, Rockville, MD
Bronze: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

American-Style Sour Ale – 56 Entries
Gold: Cosmic Dust, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA
Silver: Myrtle, The Commons Brewery, Portland, OR
Bronze: Los Innovadores Kriek, Santa Fe Brewing Co., Santa Fe, NM

American-Style Brett Beer – 44 Entries
Gold: Beltane, Propolis Brewing, Port Townsend, WA
Silver: Peche ‘n Brett, Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery, Hood River, OR
Bronze: Curiosity No. 2, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens, GA

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 65 Entries
Gold: Sour Beer #2, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Silver: Recolte Du Bois – Apricot, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. – Truckee, Truckee, CA
Bronze: Yazoo Embrace the Funk “Cherry Deux Rouges”, Yazoo Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale – 44 Entries
Gold: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Silver: Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, Rancho Mirage, CA
Bronze: Rainmaker Ale, Stormcloud Brewing Co., Frankfort, MI

Belgian-Style Witbier – 65 Entries
Gold: White Ale, Saint Archer Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Ommegang Witte, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Bronze: ZON Belgian-Style Witbier, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 115 Entries
Gold: Daily Wages, Brasserie Saint James, Reno, NV
Silver: Un Atout, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Bronze: Saison-Brett, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

Belgian- and French-Style Ale – 27 Entries
Gold: Grisette, Sly Fox Brewing Co., Pottstown, PA
Silver: The Citizen, DC Brau Brewing Co., Washington, DC
Bronze: Barren Hill Biere De Extra, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery, Lafayette Hill, PA

Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 60 Entries
Gold: Benedictum, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX
Silver: Coolship Resurgam, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Bronze: Jon Flanders, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA

Belgian-Style Abbey Ale – 62 Entries
Gold: Samuel Adams Tetravis, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
Silver: Sanitarium, Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Bronze: Dubbel Entendre, Sound Brewery, Poulsbo, WA

Belgian-Style Tripel – 58 Entries
Gold: Golden Monkey, Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, PA
Silver: Bedotter, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Newark, Newark, DE
Bronze: La Flama Dorada, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, CA

Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale – 64 Entries
Gold: Squatters Hell’s Keep, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT
Silver: Thor’s Hammer, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Bronze: Golden Sabbath, Big Island Brewhaus, Kamuela, HI

Other Belgian-Style Ale – 26 Entries
Gold: Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Silver: La Querelle, Mystery Brewing Co., Hillsborough, NC
Bronze: Darth Delirium, Broken Tooth Brewing, Anchorage, AK

For a complete list of all the medal winners, click HERE.




It’s Renovation Time for BELGIAN BEER JOURNAL


These past few weeks, we’ve looked around the archives of our website, and discovered that there is much to update. We always want to bring the very best to you, our readers.

Therefore, we have decided that the month of October 2014 is renovation time Belgian Beer Journal. This will consist of continuing the work we did in September- creating new graphics, adding new pages (that are sorely needed), and ensuring that older page links are still active and correct.

Keep in mind, we will continue to post quick stories and updates. We have wanted to “clean house” for some time, but discovered that there was simply not enough time in September to do that.

We hope that you will continue to stay fans and supporters of Belgian Beer Journal during this renovation time. We promise, the result WILL BE BETTER! Send any questions or concerns via our CONTACT US page.

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9/23/14: New EVENTS added


We’ve added new beer events for 2014 and 2015. Check it out now at our EVENTS page!

Tickets for Beer Advocate’s EXTREME BEER FEST go on sale this Saturday, September 27th @ 12 Noon! Click on the picture for more info. 



We’ve updated the EVENTS page with more beer festival additions through December 2014. More events will be added as we find out about them!

If you know of en event that is not listed, send us a message at the CONTACT US page!