19 April 2018
How "Belgian" are the Belgian beers of today?
Just how Belgian are the Belgian beers of today, is the question posed by the latest edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide Belgium, now on sale across the UK.
In 2016, UNESCO granted Belgium's beer culture the status of ‘intangible cultural heritage', marking it as something to protect. Co-author of the Guide Joe Stange argues that the Belgian style has since become "interchangeable" and lacking context.
Brewers from around the world currently produce a huge range of ‘Belgian' beers, while their Belgian counterparts make familiar IPAs with Americana. Thanks to modern ingredient sharing and technology, brewers are able to build their brews to match any profile from any place.
Co-author Joe Stange explains that: "The beer world is full of credible imitations these days, but nobody yet has been able to clone Belgian panache. Whether it's in the deep wood-and-patina brownness of an old estaminet or in the sparkle and resilient foam of a strong, bottle-conditioned ale, we find that these things are best experienced in their home context. We're delighted to show you where."
Belgium has become known for being one of the best beer-making nations on earth thanks to its incredible breweries, which makes it the perfect destination for aficionados looking to explore the best of Europe's beer culture. Just two hours by train from the heart of London, visitors to Belgium can use the Good Beer Guide Belgium to discover information on breweries, beers and bars.
The guide also features comprehensive advice on getting there, what to eat, where to stay and how to bring the best of Belgium's beer offering back home with you. With full-colour province-by-province maps and detailed city maps with over 800 bars, cafés and beer shops, this is the only guide you need to visit Belgium.
The eighth edition of the guide is sponsored by Beer Merchants, who have been importing amazing, small batch Belgian beers since 1979.
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The Good Beer Guide Belgium is on sale at https://shop.camra.org.uk/good-beer-guide-belgium-8th-edition.html
CAMRA is an independent, voluntary organisation which campaigns for real ale, cider and perry as well as protecting and promoting community pubs and clubs and fighting for consumer rights. We have over 190,000 members across the country who work to champion beer and cider drinkers as well as pub and club goers.