Leave the abbey, join the playground
Written on the taprrom walls in thick letters from floor to ceiling are the words, "Hello 21st century, goodbye middle ages." This is something Brussels Beer Project stands firmly for, says Sébastien: "We want to innovate, collaborate and try to give a new perspective on beer. There are huge possibilities for us at this point in time, like reaching out to the masses online."
It's clear when you visit that this is not a traditional Belgian brewer. Sébastien sees it this way too. "The idea behind this project is it is a brewery without a strict structure. We want it to be a sort of playground for beer, where new ideas and recipes can emerge. The Brussels Beer lovers have a prominent role in this, because they choose a new beer every year that will be part of our assortment."
A new look at Belgian beer
"In my opinion there is too much distance between traditional brewers and beer lovers, while beer can bring people together." That may sound critical, but Sébastien has a lot of respect for the traditional Belgian brewers, too. "Our goal is absolutely not to provoke other brewers. We do want to offer a new concept, with new and different beers. But we also know all too well that traditional breweries, which have existed for decades or even centuries, have mastered the art of brewing Belgian classics like no other. We're not adding anything by simply trying to mimic that."
Beer according to the Brussels Beer Project
Sébastien thinks beer brewing is one of the most beautiful things that exists in the world. "It is incredibly cool because the possibilities are infinite. As a brewer you have lots of colors to paint with, so many varieties of malt, hops and yeast. You can also continue playing with other ingredients: flowers, herbs, chili peppers, whatever. The limit lies with your own imagination, and that is what I love about brewing. "
He tips Delta IPA and Jungle Joy as the best beers to try. "Delta IPA was our very first beer. We had the audience sample 3 beers and they chose Delta as a favourite. It is a good marker for the kind of beer we brew, with Belgian roots of a saison, combined with a modern taste of IPA."
"Jungle Joy is also a very nice introduction to the Brussels Beer Project. This beer was voted for by the public in our regular assortment in 2017. It's full of fruit, but isn't sweet."