Here's a pictoral look at some of the places I visited on April 21, 2012.
Brasserie Augrenoise in Casteau, Hainaut Province, Wallonia.
Mashing in at Brasserie Augrenoise.
Augrenoise, the brewery's primary beer. It contains
6.5% abv and has a fine hoppiness. A very
Gunther Bensch of Brouwerij Montaigu pouring an
The Augrenoise Noel, another very good beer.
This one has 9.5% abv. Yum.
Taverne La Fourquet, taproom/restaurant of
Alain Bailleux of Brasserie Au Baron in Gussignies,
France. The family is actually from Belgium, which
is just over the border.
Blaugies and Abbaye de Rocs are less than 10 km
away. The family have been running the superb
restaurant since 1973, and have been brewing several
fine beers since 1989. Cuvee de Jonquilles is imported
stateside. The Saison Saint Médard Ambrée should be
Now this is how grills should be cooked. Take
an old copper mash tun, cut it so the front part
fits in the corner of a wall in your restaurant, and
get busy cooking. Nice. Seriously. Cool. Oh, and
I had a mixed grill with baked potato and asparagus
on the side. Gunther had a steak and frites. The food
was excellent. That's Alain pouring a Cuvée des
Alain pouring the Amber Saison, 7% abv.
This one had a year of age on it, and possessed
an enticing light sour character. A very good
Another brewhouse shot at Brasserie Au Baron.
The restaurant/brewpub is located in a beautiful
setting, right beside a small river. There is seating
for over 200 people outside in good weather.
Brasserie Brootcorens (Erquelinnes)
Hainaut Province, Wallonia.
Brewer Alain Brootcoorens with his son and
Brewer Alain Brootcoorens with a colleague in the brewhouse.
Alain savoring the smell of some whole hop flowers.
Brasserie Brootcorens has a hop field across the street from
Alain with his new Abbaye de la Thure beer, with 10% abv.
Well everyone, that was just day one on trip 24. Of course it was a Saturday, which is always a good time to visit breweries in Belgium. More later!