Join us for the Journey -
Belgian Beer Quest illuminates the people, places, histories, and mysteries behind legendary Belgian beers like Westvleteren, Orval, and others. In our quest to understand what makes these beers so special, we take you to monasteries, villages, and rarely seen breweries in a small, beautiful, and often unassuming country. Take a deep dive into one of the richest and most authentic beer cultures in the world. Join us on Belgian Beer Quest brought to you by Ear Blitz. Your Host — Nate Cairney is a writer, renaissance geek, reformed indie rocker and father of three, Nate is passionate about excellent Belgian beer. Originally from the U.S. midwest, he spent five years in Germany searching for the perfect dunkelweizen and another seven years surrounded by hipster beer entrepreneurs in a southwest U.S. mountain town. He spends time in the U.S. and Belgium with his family.
Belgian Beer Quest - Happy Holidays
Happy holidays from EarBlitz! New episodes will be coming in the new year.
#009 Belgian Beer Quest Podcast - Zythology with Sofie
Zythology: Mastering Belgian Beer
The quest to experience legendary Belgian beer sometimes leads to unexpected revelations - like the existence of a profession called zythology. Zythologists are essentially master beer sommeliers, and their existence - which is relatively new - is incredibly meaningful for a variety of reasons.
Join host Nate Cairney as he digs into the subject of zythology and why it is matters in the context of Belgian beer. Along the way, you’ll meet Belgian zythologist Sofie Vanrafelghem, who will help illuminate what, exactly, zythology is, why Belgian beer deserves a place at the same culinary table as French wine, and why it is so important to dispel myths about women and beer.
Sofie’s World - Belgian Beer Expert Sofie Vanrafelghem
U.S. Craft Beer Institute - About Cicerones
UNESCO and Belgian Beer Culture
#008 Belgian Beer Quest Podcast - St. Bernardus
St. Bernardus: History and Mystery in Watou
With a range of excellent beers that consistently show up on “best of" lists around the world, St. Bernardus is a strong Belgian brewery. Yet its history is inextricably linked to that of Trappist powerhouse Westvleteren, which has led many to wonder how - and how closely - the beers are related.
Join host Nate Cairney as he travels to the heart of Flemish Belgium to unravel some of the brilliant mysteries surrounding St. Bernardus. You’ll learn about the perfect beer for a cold, rainy day, the identity of the jolly man on St. Bernardus labels, the truth about the connection between Westvleteren and St. Bernardus, and why a place called Watou might just be better than DisneyWorld.
St. Bernardus Official Website
Sofie’s World - Belgian Beer Expert Sofie Vanrafelghem
#007 Belgian Beer Quest Podcast - Rochefort
Rochefort: the Power of Place and Silence
Inside the walls of the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, located in the beautiful Ardennes Forest near Rochefort, Belgium, Trappist monks brew the Rochefort 6, 8, and 10 beers. But other than a small sign and a few dusty bottles behind one of the abbey windows, visitors might never know that this is the place that produces some of the most legendary beers in the world.This "silent approach" makes the quest to unravel the magic of Rochefort even more compelling. Join host Nate Cairney as he travels to a beautiful part of Belgium to seek a deeper understanding of the mysteries behind Rochefort - including why what you don’t see is sometimes the most important thing of all.
Saint-Rémy Abbey Brewery
Sofie Vanrafelghem - Sofie’s World
The Guardian - More on Rochefort and Water
Belgian Beer Quest Launch Party
In honor of the Belgian Beer Quest Podcast series launch, we are inviting you to the Belgian Beer Quest Launch Party and Tasting at De Belgian Bistro in Weilerbach, Germany on November 7th, 2019. Host Nate Cairney will be on hand to talk to fans and pass on his knowledge of Belgian beer. We will also have a beer tasting with some little known Belgian beers and a few surprises along the way. Space is limited, so register today at https://earblitz.com/launchparty/.
We hope to see you there!
#006 Belgian Beer Quest Podcast - Lindemans (Lambics)
Lindemans: the Magic of Lambic Beers
Lindemans is one of Belgium’s oldest and most respected beer brands. Its lambic beers are world-famous, and the business has been run by a member of the Lindemans family for six generations - for almost 200 years.
Join host Nate Cairney as he delves into the Lindemans story, which is fascinating and fraught with adventure, persistence, happy accidents and innovation. You'll also learn more about an incredible - almost magical - process known as spontaneous fermentation, in which the success of a modern brewing operation relies on harnessing something…invisible.
Spontaneously Fermented Belgian Beers
Gentleman and a scholar
Nate showed me around St Feuillien and we had a chance to chat with the brewer. I learned several fascinating facts from both Nate and the brewer. Ok so I am a certified beer geek but understanding the craft from these original masters and the historical sights and smells and tastes was amazing. I raved to my wife how a woman Stephanie Friart
restarted this brewing tradition and Dominique continues the tradition with her brother. Nin-Kasi was a babylonian goddess after all! Sante/Proost!
Engaging, sincere, and it’s all about beer!
Can’t wait to start my whisky review with Nate!
A Whole New World of Libation Exploration
I’m still new to the world of craft beer, but already Belgian Beer Quest has opened up a whole new world of libation exploration! Nate takes us on nothing less than a pilgrimage: an almost spiritual journey through the best of Belgian brewing and, in the process, the rich culture and fascinating history of the people who call Belgium home. I can’t wait for more of this adventure to unfold!