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Saison Dupont Named One of the Best Saison on the Planet!

Saison Dupont was named one of the best Saisons on the planet by Men’s Journal. Check out the article below, and read the rest to find out the other beers they consider top-tier!mensjournalfeb

More great scores and press for the Vanberg & DeWulf collection!

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Saison Dupont has just been featured in First We Feast’s profile of Garrett Oliver’s “10 Beers That Made My Career.”

Plus, La Biere de Beloeil and Curvee des Trolls have been featured as two of the Top 10 Fall Beers by Gayot.com!

In addition, the newest scores on our lambic and more are out from Beverage Testing Institute:

 98 • Vanberg et Famille (Belgium) 2013 Lambickx De Troch. Platinum Medal  http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=203443
93 • Birra Amiata (Italy) Contessa Italian Pale Ale. Gold Medal  http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=203439
90 • Green Jack Brewery (United Kingdom) Rippa English Tripel. Gold Medal  http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=203440
94 • Lambrucha (Belgium)  Kombucha and Lambic. Gold Medal  http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=203441
93 • Vanberg et Famille (Belgium) 2013 Lambickx Private Domain. Gold Medal  http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=203442
93 • Vanberg et Famille (Belgium) 2013 Lambickx Kriek Private Domain. Gold Medal  http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=203444

Belgian Beers to Drink Before You Die

The crew at At First We Feast has put out a list of Belgian Beers to drink before you die- and some of our favorites are on the list! Check it out: http://firstwefeast.com/drink/best-belgian-beers/s/109638/

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Brasserie Dupont’s Next Big Breakout Beer

We’re thrilled with the deft, spot on encomium La Biere de Beloeil from Brasserie Dupont received in Ken Weaver’s tone poem on this “especially unique offering  from one of the world’s truly inspirational farmhouse breweries – Brasserie Dupont” .  We know you are all busy, but please take 10 minutes to read this brilliant review - Feature this dazzling beer on your tap and bottle list of fall beers and make new friends and fans. Could this be the next great breakout beer from the legendary Dupont? Check out these excerpts and see if you don’t think the answer is … Yes.”Brasserie Dupont is regularly cited as one of the planet’s finest breweries. Offerings like the core Saisons, Moinettes, Avec les Bons Voeux continue to challenge American palates (via the spicy Dupont yeast) and American brewers (who make great efforts to replicate its effects here).  It’s hard enough to say that we think as highly of any beer as we do Saison Dupont – at least it makes more sense when it comes from the same source. This could quite possibly be the most overlooked beer in Brasserie Dupont (sic Vanberg & deWulf’s entire lineup) Whereas Saison Dupont leans towards a firm bitterness and yeast forward approach, La Biere de Beloiel opens up to something else entirely. While categorized as a strong saison – it reeminded us a great deal of those most layered, smooth and honeyed of quadrupels..It is a seemless nectar that is effortlessly light…. One could enjoy this beer endlessly. As one can tell I am pretty enamored of this beer.Click on the link above to download the PDF and share it on social media and with your customers. La Biere de Beloiel earns 95/98 Rate Beer, was recently featured on Beer Pulse and is a splendid exotic follow-up to the mind-blowing Gallo Roman Gruit, Posca Rustica. Gotta getcha some!

The best beers for summer

The press agrees on one thing, our portfolio has all the best beers for summer!

The New York Times has named Saison the “perfect beer for summer” for 2013, and Saison Dupont is the perfect Saison! And since Saisons were traditionally made by Belgian farmers, why break with tradition? Saison Dupont is the only beer on the list actually imported from Belgium!

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Gayot’s list of 10 best summer beers is out. First up and probably the littlest beer to make the list is Vanberg & Dewulf’s rising star from Brasserie Dubuisson’s- Peche Mel. Spread the word, it’s available on tap and in bottles now!

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Spring is finally here, make the most of it!

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Thrilled to have the lovely organic and summery Foret Saison from Brasserie Dupont featured in Philly.com!  A perfect choice for the quickly changing weather and sunshine, with spring finally warming up and summer around the corner. Pick up a bottle and enjoy sipping a glass outside in the sun!

Red Herring Smoked Ale on BeerInfo

From BeerInfo’s Beer of the Day: Red Herring Smoked Ale Brewed by Green Jack Brewing – United Kingdom

There are few smoked beers being made in the UK, and this one – hailing from a brewery that was a former herring smokehouse – is a gem. Wittily named, a red herring is something that distracts attention from the real issues; supposedly, escaping criminals would drag strong smelling red herring across a trail to make pursuing blood-hounds lose the scent.

Red Herring a 5% ABV smoked ale is made with pale ale malt, wheat malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt, and sugar, with UK Challenger hops to complement the smokiness of the grain. The resulting ale is fruity red with a bonfire smoke smell, a balanced plummy taste, gentle bitter finish, soft carbonation, and a beautiful, pillowy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and comfortable ale. Wow! 30 liter KeyKeg only.

This smoked ale is a yummy, plummy, smoky treat with ham, smoked cheese, kippered herring, and nuts  while reading novels by Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie and Patricia Cornwell.

The Green Jack Brewing Company
Originally founded in 1993 in Oulton Broad by Real Ale enthusiast Tim Dunford, The Green Jack Brewery Company temporarily ceased trading in 2001 after a split with business partners. However, in 2003, Tim and Lee installed a purpose-built 2000 litre plant behind The Triangle Tavern, therefore making it the UKs most easterly Brewery. Since then a much larger brewery has been built in Lowestoft to compliment the micro brewery and this exciting new brewery started brewing in early 2009, making Green Jack one of the largest real ale brewing companies in East Anglia. Tims Ales have won numerous CAMRA Beer Festival Awards over the years including best winter beer in the land!

Green Jack ales are well-known for their “hoppy character”. With locally malted wheat and barley, traditional English cone hops are blended with hops from the New World in generous proportions to give the ales floral, citrus and fruity aromas. Green Jack ales are a testament to Tims taste, skills and commitment to individuality and quality. The move to large purpose built brewing premises in Lowestoft is the dawn of a new chapter in the Green Jack success story and we hope that we can continue to increase our national presence as one of the finest real ale breweries in the UK.

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Green Jack Brewing
Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2NZ
United Kingdom
Phone: +44(0)1502 562 863
Email:info@green-jack.co.uk
www.green-jack.com

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Vanberg & DeWulf
“The experts in Belgian beer since 1982″
52 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607.547.8184
www.belgianexperts.com

Belgian TV Explores The Business of Belgian Beer with Wendy Littlefield

This past November Belgium’s equivalent to Bloomberg TV did a series on the business of Belgian beers and their influence in the world. In the episode on exports to the USA. Wendy Littlefield was selected as the authority on the American market. This video was shot in Ghent at the spanking new tourist headquarters.  Watch the full interview here. It’s about 10 minutes long.

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013 Coming to USA This Spring

After 5 years of making Belgians extremely happy with their special seasonal release a dry-hop Ssison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping version of SAISON DUPONT, Vanberg & DeWulf and Brasserie Dupont are now able to make American drinkers equally happy. Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013 will be available this May only featuring the famous TRISKEL hop varietal from Alsace.

Triskel is bred from the French Strissespalt and English Yeoman hops. Dupont’s master brewer Oliver Dedeycker describes it as “combining the aromatic notes, mainly floral, of Strisselspalt with the fruity character of Yeoman.” The unusual name, Triskel, was apparently inspired by triskelion, the symbol of the Gauls, those beer drinking ancestors of the French, which represents the three elements: Earth, Air and Water.

Cuvee 2013 will be available in the following formats:

case 12x75cl (please note bottles will be brown to better preserve dry-hop aroma and flavor)
30L KeyKegs.

Distributors in the Vanberg & DeWulf network will be able to pre-order their supplies of Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping only in January for delivery in April to the best retailers, bars, restaurants and beer connoisseurs coast to coast.

Saison Dupont Named One The Twenty Most Influential Beers of All Time

Chris Schonberger, editor of First We Feast gathered a group of beer experts to put together a list of the twenty most influential beers of all time. Saison Dupont was given this honor, read more below.

Chris Schonberger says: “If anyone in American know their Belgian beers, it’s Don Feinberg. Before the majority of Americans had even heard of a farmhouse ale or a sour, he was driving around Belgium seeking out small, traditional breweries and bringing their beers back to America in suitcases. After establishing Vanberg & DeWulf in 1982, he went on—with the help of his wife, Wendy Littlefiled—to introduce the country to world-class beers like Duvel, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Frank Boon’s lambics.

Given this history, I can forgive Don for answering with the slightly argumentative response, “Belgian beer,” when asked about the most influential brews of all time. If he had left it at that, I might have pegged him a curmudgeon. But, in fact, his reasoning is both heartfelt and instructive, and worth sharing here:

“Belgian beer broke the ridiculous hold of Reinheitsgebot [the German purity law regulating how beer can be made] on the American imagination. It showed home brewers, craft brewers, and big brewers that it’s what’s in the bottle that counts, not some absurd adherence to an approved ingredient list or narrow stylistic guidelines. It showed the essential importance of fermentation, and the value of re-fermentation for stability (why pasteurize when you can re-ferment?). It showed that that sugar is an ingredient to be prized if you want drinkability with your higher alcohol; that hops are just one of the spices brewers should use; that sour is good, that strong is good, that aging in barrel or in bottle is good, that more than one fermentation is good, that fruit is good; that, in sum, there is no one great beer, there are only great beers and anyone with a palate and passion can go out and make one.”

The man makes a good point. And so I’ll let Don be the visionary and the teacher, and I’ll be the list-obsessed Internet journalist and make a pick for him.

The beers that Vanberg & DeWulf brought across the pond from Belgium have been undeniably influential in inspiring the American craft beer movement, for all the reasons Don notes above. And for me, looking at its catalog, the one beer that stands out is Saison Dupont—the farmhouse ale whose effervesce, earthy hop character, and dry finish have set the rubric for so many that have come after.

Needless to say, there’s a story there too: When the seminal beer writer Michael Jackson encouraged Don to go visit Marc Rosier (then the brewer at Brasserie Dupont), this beer was actually slated for extinction due to its lack of popularity. Don convinced the brewery to keep making it, brought it to America, and now the beer is considered among the world’s best. (Interesting side note: It has also become popular back home in Belgium.)

As Wendy Littlefield points out, “An English journalist and and American importer made it possible for Saison Dupont to become the most imitated style of beer by craft brewers.”

To see the rest of the list click here

 

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