The Belgian Brewer, which brews Belgian-inspired beers in Bishop’s Stortford, is opening its first shop in the town.

The brewer makes a tripel, saison, wheat and dubbel, as well as a raspberry beer, or Fromboos.

The two entrepreneurs behind the concept — Nik Lemmens and Scott Williams — have brewed 1,000 litres of beer in preparation for the launch event.

Lemmens, originally from Laakdal, Belgium, but now living in Bishop’s Stortford said: “I struggled to find beers I enjoyed in traditional English pubs, so learnt how to brew my own.

“Coming from a family who brewed back in Belgium, I was able to adopt traditional recipes, bringing them to the UK and working on them over many years until I got the perfect blend.

“It has taken a lot of hard work (and a lot of beer tasting) to finally be able to open our brewery and shop. I am so excited that the Belgian Brewer is launching in Bishop’s Stortford, in a county with a strong and fine heritage in brewing.”

Williams, who gave up his job at John Lewis last October to concentrate on full-time brewing, added: “Having spent a number of years working in or around the drinks industry, I always knew I’d open a brewery one day.  

“But just like brewing great beer, it has taken time for us to get here, but now we are here, we are enjoying every minute of it and looking forward to branching out across Hertfordshire and beyond.”

The Belgian Brewer launch event will begin on Friday, April 19, and end on Sunday, April 21, open from 1pm until 8pm each day. The shop is at Unit 11, The Links Business Centre, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 5NZ.

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