Welcome back …
… to the world’s most authoritative guide in any language to the beers of Belgium, who makes them, and where best to drink them.
We’ve been busy. This book is a bigger job than ever.
There are many more beers. Breweries of all types are trying to satisfy the growing thirst for variety in Belgium and beyond.
There are many more breweries. For the last edition, four years ago, we counted nearly 160. Here we list 245, even if most of the newcomers are small and local.
There are many more beer cafés. In the last edition, we listed about 500 places across the country to drink or buy interesting beer. In this one, we have nearly 800. Why? Because more cafés are serving more beers worth drinking—despite the fact that Belgians are going out less and drinking less when they do. Instead, they are drinking better.
We had to cut about 80 other cafés that were not up to scratch—some had shut but more had a drab atmosphere or too many safe beers. We had the luxury of deleting them; standards are on the way up.
We know your free time remains short, and that you need to spend wisely. So we have done our best to call out nonsense, make short shrift of amateurism, walk past mediocrity without a wave, and point you at the very best.