Formed in June 09, Here Come the Belgians is a non-elite anti-team celebrating all things cross, cobbled and Belgian.
Seeking a different experience to the traditional cycling club, its aim is to harness the energy of a vibrant internet cycling community with grass roots racing and riding based around Cyclocross and Spring Classics. There is no race programme in the style of a racing team, more a collection of individual experiences through rides and racing, in whatever location a member may be, that all can share in and contribute toward.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Here Come The Belgian(beers)s

Seeing all the Belgian beer discussion on E-Mail this week jogged me into action... Part of my winter cross training this year (as god knows you can't get out on your bike in West Cumbria at the minute!)has been setting up an all-grain (IE From scratch) nano-brewery with a couple of mates.

We've all pitched in some cash to buy equipment and ingredients and chosen a beer to brew. My first effort is a Trappist-Style brown beer, about 8.4% ABV, as part of my continuing and deepening obsession with all things Belgian.

Now, here's the rub. Firstly, I'd like tasters to send a couple of 330ml bottles to for evaluation, after Christmas when it's been bottle conditioned properly. Secondly, Mark, I'd like to call the beer Here Come the Belgians and have Erik on the label, is that acceptable?

So then.. Volunteers?


  1. Great idea, good luck.

    Obviously, you won't courier "darn Sarf"?!

    I'll have a case of the stuff, when bottled, just to support a micro brewey

  2. PS, prepared to pay top dollar for beer anytime.

  3. I suppose someone has to volunteer to taste... I will reluctantly put myself forward.

    Cracking idea - good luck with it Phil.

    PS It's Duncan who you want to be checking with re logos, and branding.

  4. Russel, I'll send anywhere. I'm just that kind of guy.

    Alan, I'll e mail Duncan today,thanks.

    Its going into secondary tonight/tomorrow for a few weeks to clear up a bit.

  5. This sounds very interesting Phil, Belgian Beer from the North.

    I'm always up for being a guinea pig/tester/taster/lab rat type thing, and will give it my full and undivided attention. Just let me know when you're ready :D

    I'll look forward to the New Year and hearing how the brew develops,



  6. Sounds great - I've done plenty of cellar work and enjoy beer! I'd be very happy to help out.

  7. Both hands waving madly here!
    i'd be more than happy to help in the tastings.
    I consider myself a bit of a self taught expert in all matters trappiste.
    I've been to the Belgium beer museum if that counts.

  8. happy to offer to help as well, and up for some when its all done and bottled. Regular visitor to Belgium and its beer offerings if that helps ;-)
    Good luck with it as well.