Though I’m not in the industry professionally, craft beer runs through my DNA. My Philly Loves Beer 2018 Belgium Trip!

I joined the Philly Loves Beer (now Philly Beer Week) board in 2015. Though I’m not in the industry professionally, craft beer runs through my DNA. My Dad opened one of the first stores to sell mixed craft beer six-packs (Terry’s Deli, Havertown in the 90s) and I have been volunteering with Philly Loves Beer since the very first Opening Tap. Last year, I decided that it was finally time to join the Collaborative Beer trip to Belgium to brew the beer we drink during Philly Beer Week. I was hoping that this trip would be a wonderful opportunity to discover and indulge my love of Everything Beer. I was not disappointed.

Before you hear about the 2018 Belgium trip, you should immediately buy your raffle tickets to join us for the 2019 Philly Beer Week Collaboration Beer with Duvel now. The winner and local brewery will be announced at the raffle drawing event on November 15 at City Tap House Logan (though you do not need to be present to win).

Back to the 2018 trip. I met the crew in Brussels at Moeder Lambic, a craft beer bar conveniently (like out the back door of the hotel convenient) for a beer before our first brewery visit to the Cantillon Brewery. The beer list was unbelievable, and right then and there, I had a crucial decision to make- do I order beers I know can get back in Philly or do I try new beers that I may never get to drink again? The answer was: Yes.

I can easily wax on and on about all of the amazing things I experienced and learned during this trip. But since there is limited space, I am only including highlights from each brewery visit. I would be happy to further discuss any one of these incredible and exclusive brewery tours in more detail. Hit me up at the raffle drawing on November 15 at City Tap House Logan.

Brewery Visit 1: Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon

Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon is a small traditional family brewery based in Brussels. Founded in 1900 exclusively brews Lambic beers. Since they employ spontaneous fermentation, it is produced by exposure to the wild yeasts and bacteria of the environment- we were warned not to touch anything (walls, ceiling, etc.) so as not to influence the flavor.

Favorite Beer: Ros