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The Belgians Are Coming, The Belgians Are Coming


Belgian brewers launched an all-out offensive in early May with events in Miami, FL and Washington, DC to kick off Belgian Beer Week.

The venerable Belgian Brewers Guild spearheaded a phalanx of 70 brewers and their personnel along with Knighthood board members.

The highlight was a knighting ceremony held at the Belgian Ambassador's Residence in DC with 24 Belgian brewers set up in the garden of the ambassador's stately mansion in Georgetown.

Knights of the Brewers Paddle and the new Honorees; Jeannine Marois of Mondial de la biere is greeted by Olav Blancquaert, Secretary of the Knighthood; Tony Forder with fellow Knight Mary Guiver of Whole Foods; Chimay's Bobo with Tom Peters of Monks Cafe.


18 new inductees were welcomed into the Knighthood of the Brewers Paddle, honored for their contributions to Belgian beer – distributors like Jerry Sheehan of Sheehan Distributors, retailers like Nima Hadian of Shangy's, PA, Suzanne Schalow of Beer Cellars, and Greg Engert of Church Key, DC, and others in the marketing and restaurant world.



Many familiar faces were in the invitation only audience – Tom Peters of Monks Cafe, Luc "Bobo" Van Mechelen (the face of Chimay), my old Brooklyn buddy Rob Hodson of Sheehan, Rich Hamilton and the Merchant du Vin crew, and other importers new and old.


Master of Ceremonies Alan DeLaet (Huyghe brewery, Delirium Tremens), told the assembled that it's time to re-establish the traditions of Belgian Brewing in the US with their strengths of quality and consistency. He also said it's time for US brewers to stop using the term Belgian-style.


And with American craft beer seemingly taking a pause – volume was down 6% last year – the timing could be right.


A Belgian Beerfest open to the public was held Saturday May 6 in DC.


The Who's Who of Belgian Brewers:


BOON Est. 1978) - Karel Boon, 2nd Generation Owner

CHIMAY (Est. 1862) - Pierre Hensenne, Export Director

CORNELISSEN (Est. 1859) - Mike Wildemeersch, Export Director

DE BIE (Est. 1992) - Nicolas Tjoen, Founder/ Owner

DE BRABANDERE (Est. 1894) - Albert De Brabandere, 5th Generation Owner

DE HALVE MAAN (Est. 1856) - Xavier Vanneste, 6thGeneration Owner

DILEWYNS (Est. 2011) - Claire Dilewyns, Founder/ Owner

DUBUISSON (Est. 1769) - Vincent Carton, Sales Director

DUVEL MOORTGAT (Est. 1871) - Bobby Dykstra, VP of Sales & Marketing

HET ANKER (Est. 1872) - William Leclef, 6th Generation Owner

HET NEST (Est. 2015) - Bart Cuypers, Founder/ Owner

HUYGHE (Est. 1906) - Alain DeLaet, 4th Generation Owner

JOHN MARTIN (Est. 1909) - Jonathan Martin, 3rd Generation Owner

KEREL (Est. 2017) - Charlotte De Cock, Founder/ Owner

LEFEBVRE (Est. 1876) - Peter De Lausnay, Sales Director

LINDEMANS (Est. 1822) - Dirk Lindemans, 7th Generation Owner

RODENBACH (Est. 1836) - Rudi Ghequire, Brewmaster

ROMAN (Est. 1545) - Lode Roman, 14th Generation Owner

SAINT-FEUILLIEN (Est. 1873) - Edwin Dedoncker, General Manager/ CEO

SILLY (Est. 1850) - Lionel Van der Haegen, 6th Generation Owner

SINT-BERNARDUS (Est. 1946) - Marco Passarella, Sales BREW SOCIETY (Est. 2017) - Bjorn Desmadryl, Founder/ Owner

THE MUSKETEERS (Est. 2000) - Stefaan Soetemans, Founder/ Owner

VAL-DIEU (Est. 1997) - Pierre Mottet, Export Director

VAN STEENBERGE (Est. 1784) - David Wagnon, Export Director

VANHONSEBROUCK (Est. 1900) - Marc Schrauwen, Sales Director

VERHAEGHE (Est. 1880) - Amaury Kervyn, Export & Marketing Director

WESTMAL LE (Est. 1836) - Johan Du Bois, Export Director & Marketing Director

TER DOLEN (Est 1994) - Mieke Desplenter, Founder/ Owner

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