Until the thirteenth century, Ghent was the biggest city in Europe after Paris. The city prospered on a thriving wool and cloth industry. The majestic guildhouses on picturesque Korenlei are reminders of the city’s rich past.
Master-blender Armand Debelder of 3 Fonteinen is one of the founding members of Horal, the High Council of Artisanal Lambic Beers. The main goal of Horal is ‘to promote artisanal lambic beers and their derivates, with attention to the complete process from brewing process till serving’. Today we have lunch at Lambik-O-Droom, the new 3 Fonteinen facility near the river Zenne.
Back in the ’70’s, due to declining demand for sour beers, many breweries in the Brussels area were facing sour times. Trying to save his brewery Cantillon from bankruptcy, Jean-Pierre van Roy established the Brussels Gueuze Museum in 1978. Visitors from far and wide found their way to this working museum, (re)discovering beers of spontaneous fermentation.
Cantillon is where the tour ends. We say our goodbyes while having our last lambics.