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Friday, March 12, 2010

Belgium Beer Weekend Wrap-up #3: Cantillon Brew Day

In between the pre-ZBF and ZBF festivals I made it to Brasserie Cantillon's Opening Brewing Day where they open the doors to the public at their brewery/museum in Anderlecht while they are brewing a batch of lambic. As a huge fan of lambic and gueuze I found this to be a wonderful experience.

Cantillon dates back over 100 years and a lot of the brewing equipment there is still old and traditional. I have been there a number of times before but this time was different. We gathered before 7am to pass the time with coffee and croissants before a guided tour began. It was hugely exciting to see all the belts that power the brewing implements spinning and to smell the cooking malt amidst the steam around the mash tun as we toured the brewery. Seeing the barrel cleaning device in operation was also a real treat. The photos I took and posted here only can partly convey the whole experience.

After a glass of lambic at the end of the tour, it was off to Sint Niklaas for the ZBF fest.

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