Advent Calendar 17/12 - Taras Boulba Beer

Today I'm drinking my favorite beer with you, Taras Boulba.

It's a bit paradoxical because I worked for several years for Brussels Beer Project and the founders of the Brasserie de la Senne do not hold them in their hearts.

Brasserie de la Senne was created in the 2000s with Zinnebir, the first beer created for the Zinneke Parade. It was then the first new Brussels brewery in decades. During this time only the Cantillon brewery survived.

When the Beer Project was born with a very marketing approach and its first beers brewed under contract in other breweries, they were very poorly received by Brasserie de la Senne.

Although I love the diversity of the beers at the Brussels Beer Project (they produce around fifty new beers per year), I often ended my shift as a bartender from the taproom to the Walvis café across the street with a Taras Boulba.

A light, dry and bitter beer that is a great introduction to more bitter IPA beers. It's not an IPA beer but a Belgian hoppy ale.

Another anecdote that few people know is that Beer Project's first Delta IPA was organic but switched to conventional because the supply chain was too underdeveloped. Unlike the Senne brewery which brewed non-organic beers for more than a decade and which discreetly converted all its beers to organic 2 years ago.

Cheers and I hope you enjoy my favorite beer as much as I do.


Crédit Photo: Saskia Vanderstichele

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