News & Updates

12-Mar-11 Updates Added Pivní, House of the Trembling Madness, Bottle (York), Bull's head (Burslem), Man of Kent (Rochester), Dean Swift (Bermondsey), Red Lion (Histon), Brauhaus and Nina's (Edinburgh), Westholme Store (Goring) and Chesters (Worcester).
Dropped Maltings (York) and Frog and Toad (Gillingham), neither of which had enough Belgian beer when last visited to warrant a listing.
 
12-Nov-10 News LambicLand (Tim Webb, Chris Pollard & Siobhan McGinn)
The long-awaited second edition of LambicLand has been published. Along with the trademark quality photos and production values, and profiles of the big players, the book is now entirely in English, meaning there is a good deal more information than in the original work. The book can be ordered from here.
 
12-Nov-10 Re-opening Le Trappiste
Altrincham's Le Trappiste has re-opened after a closure of several months, relocating just a few paces from its original premises. See the UK listings.
 
20-Jul-10 Event The Great British Beer Festival
The GBBF takes place from 3rd-7th August at Earls Court, with a large Belgian beer range as usual to be found in the Bières Sans Frontières area. The foreign beers list can be found here.
 
09-Mar-10 Event The Ship and Mitre, Dale Street, Liverpool is holding a Belgian beer festival
from 24th-28th March.
 
18-Feb-10 Closure Le Trappiste closes
After a long running legal wrangle with its landlord, Altrincham's Le Trappiste has ceased trading. According to a message on Le Trappiste website, owner Martin Matthews hopes to re-open in a new venue.
 
09-Dec-09 Closure City Lowlander closes
Lowlander Grand Café called in the administrators at the end of October, with the result that the City site in Creechurch Lane has closed. The ever-popular original Lowlander in Drury Lane remains open as a new company.
 
17-Nov-09 Re-opening Magpie and Crown resumes business
After just three weeks, following local support and having resolved at least some of the issues which resulted in its closure, Brentford's best pub is once again operational.
 
11-Nov-09 Closure Magpie and Crown closes
One of west London's finest pubs, The Magpie and Crown on Brentford High Street, closed its doors at the end of October as a result of a huge rent hike. It will be sorely missed by locals and GBG tourists who enjoyed the ever-changing roster of cask ales, foreign beers and homely atmosphere.
 
02-Sep-09 Closure Microbar shuts
Battersea's finest specialist beer bar is no longer. Sometime in the last few weeks it mutated into The Ink Rooms, an agreeable tattoo-themed lounge bar which still boasts a beer list worth traversing a few zones for. As of now the only Belgians are Orval, Delirium and a couple from St Bernardus. A few more and it will get its own listing. Worth keeping an eye on. [14 Lavender Hill, SW11]
 
30-Jun-09 Event The Great British Beer Festival
CAMRA's national showcase takes place from 4th-8th August at Earls Court and as always Belgium will be well represented in the ever-growing Bières Sans Frontières section. Full info can be found here.
 
30-Jun-09 Event Ealing Beer Festival
The 20th EBF takes place in Walpole Park, London W5 from Wed 8th to Sat 11th July. Admission £3 (CAMRA members £2).
 
30-Jun-09 Site update RSS feed added (main pages only). Not sure what this is? This site is a good place to start.
 
30-Jun-09 News The sixth edition of Good Beer Guide Belgium was published earlier this month. As well as the usual overhaul of the café and brewery listings, the latest edition of Tim Webb's essential work of reference includes more general travel info, maps of the larger towns, and an assortment of articles on the current state of the Belgian beer scene. The book can be ordered from here.
 

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