The area south of Brussels is well known among beer lovers, for its open fermentation process. The first product called Lambic is absolutely not fit for human taste buds, or any other. It’s as if somebody’s done something unspeakably bad to your taste buds, the mixture of hurt, shame and disappointment makes you think that you will never be able to savour anything again! The next step, Geuze, is a slightly drinkable improvement, thereafter it gets somewhat better with the addition of cherries or strawberries or some kind of blend producing my favourite, the Bourgogne des Flandres!
We visited three breweries and a distillery, beautifully called a ‘stekerij’ in Dutch, all of varying sizes and productivity. Some want to stay under the export tax radar so keep it small and quaint. Others, like Boon, go for the big time, it’s a massive industrialized brewery.