A HEAVENLY BIT OF HISTORY of Hoegaarden Beer .
Perhaps they had too much time on their hands. Or they were sick of the sacramental wine. Maybe it was divine inspiration? We’ll never know for sure. What we do know is that the (Hoegaarden Beer ) Hoegaarden monks were the first to discover the unique recipe for wheat beer around 1445.
1445. That’s a long time ago. Belgium was still part of the Netherlands and the Netherlands still had plenty of colonies. And as true tourists the Dutch often brought wonderful and odd things over from their excursions abroad. So it came to pass that exotic spices became readily available in our parts. All to the benefit of our beloved monks.
Historical sources tell us that the first wheat beer was incredibly sour. That is until the Hoegaarden monks started experimenting with orange peel and coriander from the colony Curaçao: a divine discovery that led to the world famous Hoegaarden recipe. Had Masterchef been around back then, the judges would surely have called it a masterpiece.
ONE BIG BREWERY
Wheat beer caused a bit of a stir in Hoegaarden. In all honesty, Hoegaarden became one big brewery in the 18th century. In 1709, the village had no less than 12 breweries. In 1726, that number had increased to 36. Oh and let’s not forget the 110 malt houses.
A TALL GLASS OF WHEAT BEER
The last brewery in Hoegaarden, Tomsin, closed shop in 1957. Soon after, in 1965, the villagers decided to take action to preserve the original recipe. Milkman Pierre Celis took the bull by the horns and started brewing up a batch in his milk shed, using only a copper boiler.
He quickly expanded his operation and moved into a bigger building – ‘De Kluis’ (The Vault) – a subtle nod to the monks. By 1985 the nod was no longer subtle as he was making more than 75.000 hectolitres per year. Just as he was about to start exporting to the United States, a rather large fire flattened his dreams (and the beer). The brewery was destroyed.
ONE HELL OF A HERITAGE
The original Belgian wheat beer could and would not be lost. Today, 9 out of 10 wheat beers sold in Belgium are from Hoegaarden. Meanwhile, the unique flavour is being appreciated and awarded throughout Europe, North America, Australia, Singapore and China. How they pronounce the name in other parts of the world is another story. One we won’t tell.
Prices Beers and Ballantine – Hoegaarden Beer
Prices Beers and Ballantine
Exwork Bond Holland can offer
Heineken 4 x 6 x 250ml btls 11.8 euros
Dutch Origin/ 31.07.21 BBD
Heineken 4x6x250 ml btls 11,60 euros
Heineken 0% 4x6x330 ml bottle 13.10 euro
Heineken 0% 24x33cl can 11.35 euro
Hoegaarden 24 x 330ml btls 12.79 euros
Tiger 24 x 500ml cans 9.80 euros
Tiger 24 x 330ml bls 9.55 euros
Tiger 24×330 ml can 8,4 euro
Stella 24 x 330ml btls 11.55 euros
1 Mixed Load Kronenbourg 1664:
6 pallets Kronenbourg Blanc 24x33cl btl EUR 16.65
8 pallets Kronenbourg Blanc Fruit Rouges 24x50cl cans EUR 14.70
12 pallets Kronenbourg Blanc Fruit Rouges 24x33cl btl EUR 14.80
Fresh stock, BBD minimum 10 months
Exw Loendersloot – Lead time 3 days
Guinness Fes 24x330ml £15,6 CFR
Guinness Fes 12x650ml £16,6 CFR
Guinness Draught 24x440ml £15.2CFR
Shipment from seabrooks bond UK
1000 cases Ballantines Finest 12/100 NRF CODED
Price 92.50 USD EXW LOENDERSLOOT (T1 status)
Lead time around 4 weeks. 10% deposit / balance on pre-advice