Beer sommelier Jane Peyton is to host a tasting of Belgian beers in CAMRA’s virtual pub on Tuesday, 5th May, at 6pm.

Free and open to the public, the event will be limited to the first 50 participants to sign up (visit theredonlion.co.uk and click ‘Join’).

The session will give participants a taste of five Belgian beers representing different styles, with the guidance of an award-winning writer and drinks educator. 

The beers are: Brouwerij Boon, Kriek; Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Duchesse de Bourgogne (Flanders red ale); Brasserie d’Orval, Orval; Brouwerij Boon, Mariage Parfair (gueuze); and WEstmalle, Dubbel (Trappist dubbel). All can be found online at Beers of Europe.

Jane said: “If you want to join the tasting but cannot get those exact breweries, then I suggest any Belgian kriek/cerise, or gueuze. If the Duchesse de Bourgogne is out of stock, then I recommend the Flanders Red Ale from Rodenbach. If Rodenbach is out of stock then try an Oude Bruin style beer — it is similar to Flanders Red.

“With Orval, there is no alternative I’m afraid, it is a singular beer style. If you cannot get Orval, then try any Trappist beer, such as Chimay or Achel, and during the tasting let me know if you have one of the alternatives and I can talk about them too.”

She added: “The Belgian brewers who harness wild yeast fermentation produce beers like no others on earth. Warning: if you are in the mood for hops and malt flavours, you will be disappointed. This beer tasting is powered by sour! I look forward to welcoming beer afficiandos to the Red (On)Lion on Tuesday and sharing the joys of Belgian beer!”

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