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The Toer de Geuze is a biennial public event centred around lambic and geuze beers, putting the craftsmanship of the lambic brewers and geuze blenders of the Pajottenland and the Zenne Valley in the spotlight. The two-day event is organised by HORAL (The High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers). 

The first Toer de Geuze was organised on 19th October 1997. Boon, De Cam, De Troch, 3 Fonteinen, Lindemans and Timmermans opened their doors for the public. Since then the open brewery day of the Payottenland and the Valley of the Senne has become a biannual event.

The previous editions of the Toer de Geuze took place on 3rd October 1999, 22nd April 2001, 27th April 2003, 3rd April 2005, 22nd April 2007, 26th April 2009, 1st May 2011, 21st April 2013, 3rd May 2015, 6th and 7th May 2017 and 4th and 5th May 2019.

The next edition of the Toer de Geuze will be on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2022.

The ‘Hoge Raad voor Ambachtelijke Lambiekbieren’ (HORAL, High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers) was founded in 1997. The non-profit association unites most of the Flemish and Walloon Brabant lambic breweries and geuze blenders. The association promotes traditional lambic beers, especially Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek, and also takes initiatives to protect these beers. HORAL is the organiser of the biannual Toer de Geuze.

11 lambic breweries and geuze blenders are participating in the Toer de Geuze 2022: Boon Brewery, De Oude Cam Blendery, De Troch Brewery, Hanssens Artisanaal Blendery, Lambiek Fabriek Brewery, Lindemans Brewery, Mort Subite Brewery, Oud Beersel Blendery, Tilquin Blendery, Den Herberg brewery and Timmermans Brewery.

A lambic brewer brews the wort for the lambic beers he produces himself, whereas a blender buys wort from a lambic brewer. The further production process is identical: both let the lambic mature on wooden barrels and blend (mix) lambic of different ages (usually from 3 months to 3 years), to let it mature further, within the bottle.

Since 2009, a special Oude Geuze has been created for each of the Toer de Geuze events: the HORAL Megablend. The Megablend 2022 is a blend of young and old lambic contributed by all the HORAL members: Boon, De Cam, De Troch, Hanssens, Tilquin, Lambiek Fabriek, Lindemans, Mort Subite, Oud Beersel, Den Herberg and Timmermans. This Limited Edition will be available at specialised beer retailers from the weekend of the Toer de Geuze. 

Watching the videos on the website might have whet your appetite for a cold, delicious beer or perhaps you’d like to taste one of the numerous lambic beers on the market, during our online livestream event? Here are some suggestions of where you can purchase lambic beer where you are.

Questions about the lambic round table

As part of the Toer de Geuze’s rich and diverse programme of events in 2022, HORAL is introducing a new livestream event called The Lambic Round Table. Lambic personalities will sit down to discuss key issues relating to Lambic’s history, culture, and production. 

It will take place on Friday 29 April 2022 at 20:00 (CET). We kindly invite all Lambic lovers to come together and celebrate Lambic beers on this date.

The full programme for the Lambic Round Table can be found here.

The live stream event will be in English.

Registration is not necessary. Just let us know if you want to join us via the Facebook event Toer de Geuze - The Lambic Round Table. Stay up to date with this event via Facebook or Instagram.

To watch the live stream, you need a smartphone, tablet or computer. This device must have an up-to-date internet browser. To avoid any streaming issues, it is advised that you ensure access to a good internet connection, and would suggest connection via a superfast WiFi, a 4G connection or a fixed cable.

The livestream event will be recorded and made available on the website to be viewed on-demand during the Toer de Geuze weekend and after. 

You can watch the livestream on your TV via various options: an HDMI cable in your laptop, via the web browser on your TV or via a Chromecast.

You cannot directly cast from the player to your TV, but you can use the cast functionality in Google Chrome on your computer (right click on the web page -> cast). On your smartphone, you can use apps such as Web video caster.

Refresh the web page.

Check if your internet connection is stable. If you use wireless internet, it may help to use a cable.

Normally, the quality of the stream adapts automatically to your internet connection. You can also manually increase or decrease the quality in the video player by clicking on the cogwheel at the bottom (right side) and choosing a quality.

When opening the page, the video plays automatically, but a message appears telling you to click on the player to activate the sound.

At the bottom of the player (right side), a volume bar allows to adjust the volume.

You can also mute tabs in your browser by right-clicking on them. Check that the tab of the live stream is not muted.

If you still don't hear anything, check if you have sound from another source on your computer. If that doesn't work either, try another device.

 

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