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About Vanberg & DeWulf:
Vanberg & DeWulf has the most decorated portfolio in the annals of U.S. Belgian beer importing. Always these beers come from independent, family-run breweries.
From the outset, Vanberg & DeWulf has been dedicated to importing the finest example of every indigenous style brewed in Belgium. In our Belgian Classics collection you will find some sixteen distinct styles: Saisons, Abbey Singels, Dobbels and Tripels, Lambics, Strong Golden Ales, Wit beer, Belgian Pils, Bière de Table, fruit beer, Christmas beer, Belgian Stout, Gruit and Spéciale Ale, even a “sour” Tripel blended with Gueuze, and honey beer. Sometimes they are also organic.
These are the creations of five remarkable breweries. The oldest, Dubuisson, was founded in 1769 (before Belgium was a country); the newest, Dilewyns, is less than a year old. As an assemblage they showcase the unrivaled Belgian talent for creating beers of unique flavor, fermentation, aging and ingredients. Respect for tradition and raucous individualism are on display in equal measure. Our love of Belgium, and our desire to have you share our passion, is what drives the curating and editing of the beers we present to you.
The breweries in Tourpes, Pipaix, Dendermonde, Ninove and Gooik are radically different from one to another—reflecting their unique histories and communities, their varied regional brewing traditions and local architecture. Dupont is a farmstead in Hainaut in a sweetly rural setting. Dubuisson is a proud elegant pantile-roofed brewery complex on an ancient Roman road. Slaghmuylder presides like a little commercial fiefdom over the small municipality of Ninove—itself situated on the medieval trade route between Flanders and Brabant in the ancestral grain belt of Belgium. Nearby in East Flanders on the mouth of the River Dender, the Dilewyns Brewery is starkly modern but the emblem on their labels makes reference to Ros Beiard, the heroic horse who saved his masters from capture by Charlemagne. De Cam occupies a barn on the grounds of a museum of folk life in Gooik, “the pearl of Payottenland,” in the heart of Lambic country. It is a setting right out of Breughel. Seeing how different the settings and styles of the breweries are, it is impossible to deny that there is truth to the notion of terroir in beer. The more you know, the better these beers taste. Join us in exploring them all.
We started as importers, and became brewers (we created Ommegang). Now, in addition to straight up importing, we’re commissioning beers to be made based on flavors that reflect the special genius of Belgian brewing, and bringing back flavors the market has forgotten. Our focus is to create beers that showcase the unrivalled Belgian talents for unique flavors, fermentation, aging, and ingredients. We work in cooperation with promising Belgian brewers to give them new ways to exercise that talent and to grow with the benefit of our special understanding of the U.S. market. Because Belgium has a tied-house system (80 percent of cafés are controlled by one company) exports are key to the prosperity of the independents.
The VANBERG & DEWULF Special Selections we have developed and launched over the last three years are getting plenty of recognition. LAMBRUCHA™ with Lambic from De Troch was named “Experimental Beer of the Year” in the U.S. Open of Beer. Esquire named it “one of the world’s healthiest beers.” Time Out called LAMBRUCHA a “Top 100 Taste of 2011.” HOP RUITER, brewed at the Schelde Brewery to our specifications, took the GOLD medal in U.S. Open of Beer, the World Beer Championships, and swept a major competition in Belgium. HOP RUITER is offered in Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan and the USA. What single malt is to blended whiskey, and chardonnay is to champagne, LAMBICKX is to Gueuze. Dry, almost still, compared to Gueuze, it is redolent of barnyard and Lambic cellar aromas. We act as negociants, buying stocks from casks of our choosing for special blending. We are working with three producers and each resulting beer is utterly distinct. It’s only fitting that with Ghent as our adopted Belgian hometown, we have a beer of that city in our portfolio. GANDAVUM (the Roman name for Ghent) is an extraordinarily dry and herbal blond beer. It is unfiltered, made with all (pilsner & Munich) malt, hopped with Tomahawk and Willamette, and dry-hopped with Willamette.