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Gueuze at a Castle: Grote Dorst, Ebenezer’s and Millennium Gueuze blender team up

Kasteel Neufcour, Eizeringen

Kasteel Neufcour, Eizeringen

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I’ll start this new site with breaking news: Kurt and Yves Panneels, owners of the great lambic cafe, In de Verzekering Tegen de Grote Dorst, sent me a press release today. Kurt and Yves have teamed up with Chris and Jennifer Lively of Ebenezer’s pub and Lion’s Pride in Maine, as well as famed brewer/blender Willem Van Herreweghen of Belgium, to organize what will surely be a fabulous lambic event next month.


The Lambic Cafe, In de Verzekering Tegen de Grote Dorst

Van Herreweghen and Armand Debelder of 3 Fonteinen teamed up to blend the now famous Millennium Gueuze. Read more about Herreweghen’s illustrious career here.

The event will be held on Friday, December 10 at Kasteel Neufcour in Eizeringen, a chateau dating to the 18th century that was recently restored. It was built on the ruins of a medieval structure itself.

Yves and Kurt Panneels, Oude Gueuze lovers of the highest order

Jen and Chris Lively of Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, Maine

Details of the event, and the castle are here.

Only 30 lucky beer lovers will be able to attend the making (blending) of an Oude Gueuze, the first vintage ever produced inside a castle.

This is the press release: The World’s First Gueuze ‘Mise en Bouteille au Château’

Eizeringen, 8th November 2010 – Maybe some people have already dreamt of making their own beer. Perhaps some have even pondered blending their own gueuze. Too often the gap between dreams and reality is too large, because how do you get started ? On Friday the 10th of December, that dream can become a reality. That day a gueuze workshop will take place at the newly restored Castle of Eizeringen (Belgium) with one of Belgium’s top brewers: Willem Van Herreweghen. At noon Christopher Lively, master chef of the world’s best beer restaurant, Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell, Maine, USA, will prepare a fantastic 5-course lunch. After lunch, the very first geuze mise en bouteille au château will be made at Castle Neufcour.

In the morning, Willem Van Herreweghen – former brewmaster of the Palm and Rodenbach breweries, founder of the gueuze blendery De Cam and co-creator of the Millennium Geuze – will unveil at the Castle of Eizeringen the secrets of spontaneous fermentation and the art of gueuze blending. He will also show  through the eye of his microscope the famous brettanomyces bruxellensis and lambicus live.

At noon, the participants will be awaited by Christopher Lively, master chef of the restaurant that has been awarded  by RateBeerfor the fourth consecutive time the title of ‘the world’s best beer restaurant’. Chris will prepare a fantastic 5-course meal with top-quality Belgian beers.

A unique event
“In the past, gueuze was commonly blended in the Payottenland by numerous beer blenders and pub owners. That tradition has completely disappeared. It is exactly that part of our national beer culture that we want to put in the spotlight”, says Yves Panneels. “Therefore, after lunch, the participants will put the theoretical knowledge into practice under Willem’s guidance in the historical kitchen of Castle Neufcour. They will taste the unblended lambics, they will make their own blend and will bottle the very first geuze mise en bouteille au château.”

In order to ensure the quality of the event, maximum 30 persons can participate to Geuze op ‘t Kasteel.

The next day the 3rd edition of the Day of the Lambic will take place. Both events are being organised by the House of Gueuze in co-operation with ‘In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst’, the Eizeringen pub that was voted ‘Best pub of Flanders’ by Tourism Flanders and that is also included since September in RateBeer’s ‘Top Beer Destinations’.

More info: or call +32 498 522 322, skype yves.panneels