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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). As a physical event is not possible in 2021 due to prevailing COVID-19 measures, a virtual version of the Toer de Geuze will be staged this year: the Toer de Geuze At Home.
The Toer de Geuze At Home is a virtual version of the beer event in 2021. The website provides the opportunity to find out more about the 10 participating lambic and geuze breweries, the brewing process and the Toer de Geuze itself. On 1 and 2 May 2021, the Toer de Geuze At Home Live Sessions will take place, a two-day programme of events for beer lovers, which can be followed via a livestream on this website.
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.
10 lambic breweries and geuze blenders are participating in the Toer de Geuze At Home event: 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 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 2021 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 and Timmermans. This year’s Limited Edition will be launched on 30 April. From 3 May onwards, the bottles will also be available at specialised beer retailers.
Watching the videos 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 one of our Live Sessions? Here are some suggestions of where you can purchase lambic beer where you are. Be sure to order in time, in order to take part in the Live Sessions with the brewers on 1 and 2 May .
The next Toer de Geuze will take place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2022. We are looking forward to welcoming you again to our breweries and blenderies!
From 6 April onwards, you can become acquainted with the lambic breweries and blenderies, along with the brewing process and the Toer de Geuze itself. Leading up to the weekend of 1- 2 May, new videos will be added to the website regularly. And if you can’t initially see an online video of your favourite brewery or blender, do keep checking our updates online!
It will still be possible to watch the videos on the website after the Live Sessions.
The Toer de Geuze At Home Live Sessions is an interactive programme of events over two half days, attended by the participating lambic breweries and geuze blenderies. It provides the perfect opportunity to ask your favourite brewer or blender any pressing questions you may have about lambic or geuze. We will also provide inspiration for food pairing with Oude Geuze and will be tasting the Megablend 2021 with the brewers. To add to the authenticity, the event will be streamed from a traditional lambic pub in the Pajottenland.
The full programme for the Live Sessions will soon be available here.
The two-day programme via the live stream will be in English.
Participation in the Toer de Geuze At Home Live Sessions is totally free of charge.
There is a button on this website to go to the live stream. This function will only work on 1 and 2 May.
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.
During the weekend of 1 and 2 May, all live sessions can be viewed on-demand on our website. Also after this weekend, the recordings of the Live Sessions will remain available.
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.
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