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Cheers for Oval Beer

Brussels Bistro launches Part 2 of  our Cheers for Beers promotion on Thursday, March 30th with Orval Beer from Belgium. We are so delighted to share a bit of Belgium beer history, beer flavors, and suggested food pairings at Brussels Bistro during this special event. We have invited a special guest from Merchant Du Vin to answer any questions about Orval Beer from 6-9 PM. Please join us and celebrate Belgium Beer. As a gift, every guest will receive a FREE souvenir Orval beer glass with their Orval beer purchase. We hope you will enjoy the event and share with your friends.

Brief History About Orval Beer:

The Abbey of Orval is located near Florenville, Belgium in the provence of Luxembourg. The present brewery was completed in 1929, at which time the skittle (pin)-shaped bottle and Orval chalice were introduced. (Brewery, bottle, and chalice were all designed by architect Henry Vaes.) In the middle ages, Orval was famous for producing its iron decoration as well as beer. The abbey was gutted by fire in 1252 & repaired, then was destroyed during the French Revolution.

Taste of Orval Beer:

Sunset-orange color; a fruity and slightly acidic bouquet, firm body, profound hop bitterness, and long, dry finish. Orval is bottled with Brettanomyces, a yeast strain that leads to superb dry complexity and ageworthiness.

Interesting Comments and Awards for Orval Beer:

“Number Six Beer of 2015,” 96 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2015
One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal, November 2015
“Orval’s masterful complexity and drinkability have cemented it as a classic.”All About Beer magazine, June 2015.
One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal (November 2014) 99 points (October 2016)
Gold Medal, 97 points and Top-Rated “Belgian Pale Ale,” – World Beer Championships 2014
“1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die,” selection, A. Tierney-Jones, 2010
98 Points, top beer tasted – DRAFT Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009
Featured on official Belgian postage stamps – Nov. 2006 and 1928
Best Bottled Beer -Peterborough Beer Festival 1997, 1996
“. . . absolutely nothing like it.” – Garrett Oliver.
“World classic.” – Michael Jackson.
Upcoming Cheers for Beers Event Dates:

03.30 – Orval

04.27 – Rochefort

05.25 – Westmalle




Belgian Beer Pipeline Special Report by Brussels Bistro

First Beer Pipeline

It’s not a Fantasy anymore: World’s First Beer Pipeline

Have you heard? Brugge is the official city in Belgium that now has the world’s first beer pipeline which transports Belgian beer underground through the city from its brewery to the bottling plant. The pipeline officially opened on September 2016 and has already created quite a stir around the world.

The two-mile pipe connects the Halve Maan brewery in the city’s historic center with a bottling plant in the suburbs. To not disturb the beer process and flavor, this practical idea allows the beer to slowly flow through the pipes instead of having the trucks thundering daily through the cobblestone town and narrow streets of this medieval town.   The pipeline means the brewery can stay in its current location within the town center, where it has been brewing for the past 500 years.

Pipeline in Bruge from Brussels Bistro

So who would pay for this pipeline?

The pipeline was partly financed by a crowdfunding campaign, which raised more than 300,000 euros ($335,000) of the four million ($4.5 million) needed. Halve Maan said it set a record for crowdfunding in Belgium. We were told by our tour guide that people were contributing to the crowdfunding campaign and and in return, they would receive up to a case of beer per month for their lifetime.

Brewery in Bruge The Half Mann

At Brussels Bistro, it was important to have a closer look and so our Cheers for Beers blogger headed off to Bruge to check out this amazing pipeline. Of course, we have great pictures and an interesting video of our tour to share. Please enjoy and Cheers for Beers.

brewing belgian beer in bruge