Lost Beers

The history of beer from The Netherlands (Holland), Belgium, France, and elsewhere. Looking for beer types of the past, now long gone. How did they taste? What did they look like? And why have they vanished?

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A French (and Belgian) beer for factory workers and farm hands

18 June 2018 by - No comments

A Belgian agricultural journal from 1863 quotes a French recipe for a beer for factory workers. It remains to be seen whether the workers and farm hands really were all that pleased.


Brasserie à Vapeur: Belgium’s last steam brewery

Back in February I visited the wonderful Brasserie à Vapeur in the small village of Pipaix in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Going there is quite an experience…

Fact check: the Vandervelde Law

A Belgian law from 1919 aimed at combating alcohol abuse, is credited with creating the heavy Belgian beers we now know so well: the dubbels, the tripels, the Duvels. But is it true? Time for a fact check.

The lost hop varieties of Belgium

Belgium is a hop producing country. However, Belgium has given up its native hop varieties long ago. Varieties that were once a staple of lambic and all the other traditional Belgian beers.

Eight myths about lambic debunked

In their enthusiasm for lambic, some writers have spread the weirdest tales. While slowly a few narratives are dying out, many of the old stories keep circulating. Which is why I’m presenting: eight myths about lambic debunked.

Gueuze in barrels (2)

If gueuze was originally sold in barrels as wel, then what was it actually? And why is it a bottled beer almost by definition today? The answers have everything to do with the trade of gueuze blender itself.

Gueuze in barrels (1)

Gueuze: this spontaneously fermented beer belongs in a bottle. Right? So why do I keep finding old newspaper ads where gueuze is advertised… in barrels?