Published 90 X a year Vol 11, No 11 January 31, 2014
Publisher: Benj Steinman Editor: Gerry Khermouch Senior Editor: Jim Sullivan
PEOPLE: Former Mission Bay Operator Vanloo Hangs out DSD Shingle in SF Again, This Time as Waterloo Bev
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
Just came across a Belgian Westoek XX label - such a great beer!
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.
"World Beer Cup 2012" with Female Brewer An De Ryck from the brewing company De Ryck, Belgium.
Visiting Raglan San Diego USA
We are gladly to announce you our first two of the “Seven Sins” beers by Hugel, the Gula and the Luxuria.
These will be available in the US as of April 2012. Yoepi …
Gageleer: A- ,
Westoek X: B , Westoek XX: B ,
Strubbe's Grand Cru: B+ ,
Arend Tripel: B+ ,
Abbaye De Sint Amand: B- ,
Leireken Wild Berries: B- ,
Jessenhofke Tripel: B- ,
Oud Beersel Bersalis: B , Oud Beersel Geuze: A- , Oud Beersel Kriek: A-
MORRISON: Honey-sweet in the nose with light hints of Meyer lemons and bready yeast, this beer tastes richer in the mouth than it appears in the glass. A white head lingers long above the hazy golden body, and the first sips bring an orange sweetness with fresh herbal notes that seem to lead into a gingery, peppery finish. Not sure if it was the bog myrtle (another name for sweet gale) or just me, but my tongue seemed to grow numb after several sips!
EVANS: I’m sure we’ve all had clumsy herb and spice beers that fail the subtlety test. Gageleer, I’m pleased to say, is not one of them. The featured herb here is sweet gale, also known as bog myrtle. You can pick it up in the aroma that somehow combines ginger, mint and rosemary. These flavors, along with a toffee note from the malt, marry nicely in the taste, which is delight- fully crisp and, with its spiky carbonation, not at all heavy for the strength. Herb notes then linger in the bitter finish. A beer for roast chicken, I would say.
BRYSON: Looks like uniformly cloudy cider. Beautifully delicate sweet-fruit nose, pears and berries on the verge of over-ripeness. But that sweet is not in the mouth, no sir—it’s drier, and bready, with a bitter overlay and a light body that invites gulping (some- thing the bitter finish accentuates). So we’ve got a complex, 6 percent ABV beer that has an invitingly quaffable character and a pedigree that promises quality. Probably great with fish or cheese.
BEAUMONT: Although well settled, this pours a cloudy copper color with a fruity (blueberry, blackberry) toffee nose topped off with a light, yeasty tang. The body starts faintly sweet and vaguely caramelly, turning more bitter and nutty in the middle and slightly tannic on the fairly quick finish. A not-so-careful decanting of a second bottle yields a notably tangy yeast soup, such is the sedi- ment of this brew. An enigmatic beer, but one without a lot to say for itself.
Carl Grillet together with Kris Verwimp introducing the Metal label Gageleer – Sept 2011
At the biological fields (organic) where the bog myrtle (sweet gale) is wildly grown, drinking the Gageleer in 2010.
Typical Belgian landscaping - awesome
At Brewery Deca drinking the new Westoek XX 8% together with Carlo Grootaert and Brew Master Urbain Couteau in August 2011.
Oostendse Feesten at the booth of Brewery Strubbe drinking a Keyte with brew master Marc Strubbe in August 2011
Visiting Marc Strubbe at Brewery Strubbe on August 2011