On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of October 2021, the closing weekend of the Month of the Lambiek, we – De Lambikstoempers vzw – in collaboration with Streekproducten Centrum (Halle), organized our 15th edition of the Day(s) of the Old Gueuze.
On the menu: more than 70 different beers of spontaneous fermentation: lambic, Old Gueuze, Old Kriek and various fruit lambics. Firsts and novelties were again trumps! And our tasting board with 5 “new Old Gueuzes” on it was also well received.
De Lambikstoempers vzw and Streekproducten Centrum Halle invite you to their …
15th DAY(S) OF THE OLD GUEUZE
This fifteenth edition will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of October 2021, the closing weekend of the “Month of Lambic”, in the parking lot of the Streekproducten Centrum, Poststraat 3A in 1500 Halle, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
At the last edition in 2019, more than 650 interested parties, including a large number of foreigners, found their way to the Streekproducten Centrum to (re)discover the various flavors of lambic beers!
Once again, we will provide an extensive sample of spontaneous fermentation beers. Beers from the following breweries / blenders can be tasted:
De Cam (Gooik)
Den Herberg (Buizingen)
De Troch (Wambeek)
3 Fonteinen (Beersel)
Lambiek Fabriek (Ruisbroek)
Mort Subite (Kobbegem)
Oud Beersel (Beersel)
To the delight of many beer lovers, we only serve the real lambic beers. Namely this one where 100% lambic is still used to obtain OLD GUEUZE & OLD KRIEK and where use is made of the yeast cells that can be found in the air of the Zenne valley. We are therefore proud that we can offer a complete overview of the range of the remaining lambic breweries and blenders in the region at one location.
This year, visitors will again have the opportunity to taste a real lambic, the basic brew of Gueuze. We provide three lambics, supplied directly from the wooden barrels of the local lambic brewers.
In addition to the lambic, we also serve gueuze, kriek and various fruit lambic beers… The blond beer Servais (top fermentation, 5.5% alc. vol.) and still & sparkling water will also be available.
All beers are sold in 15 cl tasting glasses. This should make it possible to taste several of these beers.
Entrance to the Day(s) of the Old Gueuze is FREE.
Firsts & tasters
As on previous editions, you can taste a number of exclusive beers and firsts on the Day(s) of the Old Gueuze. For example, you can taste the two home-brewed lambics from Angerik (Dilbeek), the latest innovations from Lambiek Fabriek and Tilquin (among others), our own Cuvée Lambikstoemper 2014 and 2019, Mikkeller Oude Geuze Vermouth, the Bierpallieters Fond Geuze and so on.
This year, we chose to put ‘New Old Gueuze’ in the spotlight for our “tasting board”, which has become traditional. We serve Oude Geuze Den Herberg, HORAL Megablend 2021, Oude Geuze Eylenbosch, Oude Geuze Bord-Elle and Boon Black Label n°6 on one plate. This tasting board has been specially designed to enable the visitor to taste 5 glasses at the same time and thus embark on a journey through a fascinating taste landscape.
De Lambikstoempers vzw wants to put the lambic beers in the spotlight every year by awarding the Golden Lambikstoemper Award.
In 2010, the first Golden Lambikstoemper Award went to De Heeren van Liedekercke, the second to Kaf’eko in Halle, the third to Boelekewis in Huizingen, the fourth to De Zwaan in Dworp, the fifth to ‘t Antwaerps Bierhuyske in Antwerp, the sixth, exceptionally to the Streekproducten Centrum in Halle, the seventh to ‘t Parlement, the eighth to Foeders in Amsterdam, the ninth to Den Herberg in Buizingen, number ten went to restaurant 3 Fonteinen in Beersel and last year the owners of De Smidse in Alsemberg were allowed to to pick up their Golden Lambikstoemper Award.
On the basis of an impressive list of catering establishments and a number of criteria (which were drawn up after many hours of discussions) and after an anonymous site visit to the proposed businesses, De Lambikstoempers vzw, in the presence of the Deputy of the province of Flemish Brabant Gunther Coppens, on Sunday 17th of October 2021 at 2.30 pm, will award its Golden Lambikstoemper Award for the twelfth time to the catering business that, in their view, has paid the most attention to lambic beers in 2021.
The Golden Lambikstoemper Award is an artistic charter with some poetry drawn up by Ludo Buggenhout.
At the request of Frank Boon himself, De Lambikstoempers visited the Boon brewery in Lembeek on Saturday 18th of September 2021. We were guided by the brewer himself in the old and the new brewery, through the hall with gullies, the barrel warehouses (also those on the right bank of the Senne, where there are dozens of foeders, each with a capacity of about 27,000 liters of lambic!), the cooperage, and so on.
Sometimes playful, sometimes profound! And of course we tasted, from very young lambic to … Vat 31 (and something in between). An unusual but wonderful visit which we thoroughly enjoyed!
Frank Boon appointed honorary member of De Lambikstoempers vzw
And that the collaboration between the Boon brewery and De Lambikstoempers vzw is quite unique, is proven by the fact that our chairman was able to appoint Frank at the end of the tour as … “Honorary member of De Lambikstoempers vzw”. Rightly so and from the heart… Congratulations!