Kraftwork Hosts New Kids on the Belgian Block

nkotbbThe crazy kids at Kraftwork have spent the last few months hoarding some of the best interesting Belgian beers for its “New Kids on the Belgian Block” event today,Tuesday, February 18th. There will be twenty-two beers, including 19 on tap. To capitalize on the NKOTB theme, chef Brian Lofink will be serving up a 1980s-inspired throwback menu.

The event began at noon and will go all day.

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Belgian Beer Takeover at SPTR

sptr-sign-400Tonight, South Philadelphia Taproom is doing a Belgian beer takeover. The taps are being turned over to Trappist ales, wild ales, bretty pale ales, sour beers and spiced winter ales. Among the taps will be the recently available in Philadelphia, Seef Beer and the latest Saint Feuillien/Green Flash collaboration, Belgian Coast IPA.

It all begins at 5 p.m. this evening. Also coming up at SPTR, the annual Beef and Beer where the beef and beer are good. It all goes down on Sunday, January 26th.

South Philadelphia Taproom [Foobooz]

Celebrate Belgian Independence Day with Duvel and Ommegang

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Legendary Belgian Brewery and Importer Duvel Moortgat will celebrate Belgian Independence Day from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 (the official holiday) with a week of events to mark the uprising that separated Belgium from the Netherlands.  Across the city, ten bars, restaurants and markets will serve Duvel Moortgat’s portfolio of award-winning Belgian and Belgian-style beers by the bottle and on draught, or during tap takeovers or as flights of beer created just for this beer-holiday.

Featured beers will include:

  • Duvel
  • Duvel Single
  • Duvel Triple Hop
  • Maredsous Blonde
  • Maredsous Triple
  • De Koninck
  • De Koninck Winter
  • Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Double White

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Monk’s Debuts the Newest Trappist Brewery Tonight

Stift Engleszell is a Cistercian monastery in Austria that was founded in 1293. And now it is the newest Trappist Monastery to commercially produce Trappist Ales. Stift Engleszell was granted membership in the International Trappist Association last month and ten of their kegs have made it to Pennsylvania, Monk’s Cafe to be exact. And at 5:30 p.m. they’ll be tapping the Pennsylvania debut of Stift Engleszell Gregorius Trappistenbier.

The beer is a dark ale made with organic honey and weighs in at 9.7% alcohol by volume.

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Philly Beer Week in Belgium

Philly Beer Week’s hotel in Brugges

This week several local beer luminaries are in Belgium to brew the 2012 Collaboration Beer with Brasserie Dupont. Back in November Philly Beer Week held a drawing  to send a lucky person on a beer trip to Belgium. Vince Masciandaro won and picked brewer Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill Maple Shade to accompany him to Belgium to be the head brewer for Philly Beer Week’s collaborative beer with Brasserie Dupont. This is the first time the Belgian brewer has ever done a collaborative beer.

It seems the pair has picked up more than a few traveling companions. Scoates from Grey Lodge, William Reed of Standard Tap/Johnny Brenda’s and Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe have all made the trip. Even Craig LaBan is along for the fun and he’s blogging the trip on Philly.com.

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A Gnome Comes to Town

Chris Bauweraerts, owner of the Belgian brewery Brasserie d’Achouffe is in town today and tomorrow with his La Chouffe in tow.

Tonight he and his beers will be at Belgian Cafe from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tomorrow he will be at Jose Pistola’s at noon and Eulogy at 7 p.m.

Philly Beer Week Wants to Send You to Belgium

Philly Beer Week is looking to send a brewer and beer drinker to Belgium to help brew a Philly Beer Week collaborative beer with Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouwerij.

In order to win, attend the party at McGillin’s Olde Ale House on Wednesday, November 17th. By entering a raffle ($5 per ticket for $20 to benefit Philadelphia Beer Week) to select the brewer to go to Belgium at 8:30 one raffle ticket will be selected and the brewer named on the entry will go to Belgium along with the person who nominated them.

Full release after the jump.

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Monk’s Cafe Update

Photo via Brownstoner

We just ran into Fergus Carey, co-owner of Monk’s Cafe and received an update on his bus struck Belgian bar.Repairs are ongoing and a meeting is scheduled with Licenses and Inspections at noon tomorrow. If all the repairs are complete and L&I gives the go-ahead, the bar could reopen at that time.

Monk’s Cafe [Official Site]

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