Sunday, May 24, 2009

Here's a Fun Game: How Many of the 80 Beers Can You Pick Out from this Photo?

The front cover I posted before was stand-in. A dummy. A fake, if you will. Here's the real deal, Holyfield. Meanwhile, books should start going out from Cogan & Mater headquarters the first week of June. Many thanks to those of you who have already pre-ordered—and also to anyone who has helped spread word to those who could use a book like this.

Copies of Tim's Good Beer Guide to Belgium will be out a little before that. Expect an obviously biased but equally honest review soon afterward.

Meanwhile: Huge spike in traffic yesterday from the Drie Fonteinen news. I didn't expect that. I hope it is correctly seen as relevant industry news rather than self-serving blog gossip, although the line can be fuzzy. Tomorrow I'll be in Beersel and may find out more about what, if anything, the brewery's supporters can do to help. (Folks on Ratebeer have been discussing a donation system of some kind.)

Lastly: Those interested in Belgian brewing, and don't mind reading a little French, would do well to visit Ron Pattinson's blog. Check out this post on making lambic, faro and biére de mars in 19th century Brussels. By that account faro was made from second runnings, lambic from first (and strongest) runnings, with biére de mars being a "small" beer made from third runnings. For those who have no idea what that means, we're talking about running hot water through the grains multiple times to get successively weaker types of beer.

Since there were (I've been told) around 150 breweries in Brussels around that time, it may not be wise to put too much stock into any single account of how it was done back then. But it's damned interesting anyway.


  1. One blogger to another: two of the biggest spikes in traffic I ever had were for eulogies I wrote on hearing of the deaths of Michael Jackson and brewer Jay Misson. I didn't write them for traffic, I wrote them because I had lost friends and had to say something to honor them. If you write these things and rub your hands together with glee, that's wrong. But just writing them because you think it's important, you can't stop that. Don't worry about it.

  2. I'm bored so I'll bite...

    1 De Cam Oude Geuze
    2 Cantillon Kriek
    3 Girardin Framboise 1882
    4 De Dolle Oerbier
    5 ????
    6 Mea Culpa from Beer Mania
    7 Trappiste Westvleteren 12
    8 Duvel
    9 Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
    10 Orval
    11 Cantillon Vigneronne
    12 ????
    13 Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison
    14 Trappistes Rochefort 6
    15 Westmalle Dubbel
    16 Brasserie De La Senne Equinox
    17 ????
    18 Ellezelloise Saisis
    19 Cantillon Iris
    20 ????
    21 ????
    22 ????
    23 Duchesse De Bourgogne
    24 Saison Dupont
    25 Trappistes Rochefort 8
    26 ????
    27 ????
    28 De Ryck Arend
    29 ????
    30 ????
    31 ????
    32 Dupont Biolégère
    33 Malheur 10
    34 ????
    35 Ellezelloise Quintine or Saison
    36 Corsendonk Pater or Agnus
    37 ????
    38 Chimay Bleue
    39 ????
    40 Poperings Hommel Ale
    41 ????
    42 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek
    43 ????
    44 De la Senne Zinnebir
    45 ????
    46 ????
    47 ????
    48 Cantillon Gueze in a glass
    49 De Ranke Guldenberg
    50 ????
    51 ????
    52 ????
    53 St. Bernardus Abt 12
    54 ????
    55 La Moneuse Speciale Noël
    56 ????
    57 ????
    58 Trappist Achel Blond in a glass
    59 ????
    60 ????
    61 ????
    62 La Rulles Triple
    63 ????
    64 ????
    65 Bush Ambrée in a glass
    66 De Ranke XX Bitter
    67 3 Fonteinen Geuze in a glass
    68 Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella
    69 Fantôme Chocolat
    70 ????
    71 De la Senne Taras Boulba
    72 Maredsous 6
    73 Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
    74 Trappist Achel
    75 De Dolle Arabier
    76 Belgoo
    77 De la Senne Stouterik
    78 Duivels Bier 8
    79 Cantillon Fou' Foune
    80 Girardin Faro in a glass