Strubbe's Grand Cru - Sour Flemish Red Ale - Recognized Local Beer - West Flanders Belgium - Jan 2014
Beverage Business Insights - Waterloo's History
Published 90 X a year Vol 11, No 11 January 31, 2014
Publisher: Benj Steinman Editor: Gerry Khermouch Senior Editor: Jim Sullivan
Bev marketers who've struggled to crack difficult Bay Area recall Mission Beverage as brief beacon of possibility, before it was subsumed by Adina and its resources redeployed to that co's ultimately failed effort to build its Holistic and other bev lines. With 5-year non-compete clause now over, Mission Bay's original operator, Flanders-born John Vanloo, has returned from Europe to take another crack under name Waterloo Beverages, starting with Belgian and craft beers like De Struise, Uncommon Brewers and High Water but adding limited array of NAs too, some of them former Mission Bay suppliers like Hint and Purity Organic. Also in mix are glass-bottle CSD brands in Real Soda portfolio (Vanloo started out working with Real Soda) and Ito En tea brands. With nod to Vanloo's Belgian heritage, Waterloo name recognizes stiff odds vs distribution startups, he said. It's started small from base on Pier 50 on south side of SF, just adding 3d truck now. Coupla drivers from old days were quick to rejoin him. At this stage, Van Loo makes no bones about his suppliers having to pick up most of burden of opening accounts and developing brands. During his European exile, John kept his hand in by helping Hint build its UK and France presence
De Struise Brouwers - Westoek XX - Flemish Triple Ale - 8%
Just came across a Belgian Westoek XX label - such a great beer!
Nov 2013 - Visit Urbain Coutteau - De Struise Brouwers
2013 Awards - Oude Geuze - Oud Beersel Brouwerij
2013 Awards Oude Kriek - Oud Beersel Brouwerij
Arend Tripel - Brouwerij De Ryck Belgium - Elected Best Tripel of Europe in 2013
Meeting Urbain (Struise Brouwers) and Koen (Seven Sins) in Belgium.
Drinking the Westoek X at "De Struise Brouwers". It was good to see Carlo and Urbain again.
Here's a picture of Urbain showing how to resolve the foaming issues with Key Kegs.
Meet Koen Hugelier at his brewing company in Belgium.
Oude Kriek Oud Beersel wins 'Silver" WBC 2012
The Oude Kriek of Oud Beersel has won a Silver medal on the World Beer Cup at San Diego, USA. At the end of last year, it has been elected as Best Belgian & French Ale by the Australian International Beer Awards.
World Beer Cup 2012
"World Beer Cup 2012" with Female Brewer An De Ryck from the brewing company De Ryck, Belgium.
Visiting Raglan San Diego USA