Vanberg & Dewulf are the legendary importer of many high quality Belgian beers, including Saison Dupont, Hop Ruiter, and the Scaldis line. Birch & Barley, in recognition of this distributor’s 30 years advocating for craft beer, will host a special tasting on Monday, May 2 at 7pm.

The duo will be on-hand to talk about their experiences as craft beer importers and to share some very special beers along with food from Birch & Barley’s kitchen. Tickets are $45 and are available by calling 202.567.257. Tickets are going very fast, so if you have any interest at all, you should call ASAP.

The beer list for this event includes:

Lambrucha 2010
Vanberg & DeWulf’s Lambrucha is the ?rst time two different types of live yeast drinks – lambic and Kombucha fermented tea – have been blended together to create a completely new, live yeast beverage. Lambrucha is the brainchild of Don Feinberg, with technical assistance from Dr. Roger Mussche, one of the world’s leading authorities on Brettanomyces yeast. Lambrucha is blended and bottled exclusively for Vanberg & Dewulf in Wambeek – the heart of Payottenland. Draft.

Scaldis Prestige de Nuits
This beer is Scaldis Noel aged for six months in burgundy barrels from the Nuits St Georges Vineyard. Prestige de Nuits is a rare, incredibly complex, elegant and sophisticated beer with a high level of champagne-like carbonation. Draft.


This 8% ABV bottle-conditioned strong golden ale combines Belgian appreciation for aromatic esters with the American love of hops. The balanced blend of the two has been simultaneously enjoyed in the US and the Low Countries. Based on early response, this beer appears like it is going to be a Belgo-American classic. Draft.

Bieres de table are not the heavy hitters Belgium is so famous for. They are light in alcohol and enjoyed at the family dinner table. They are central to Belgian beer culture and are how Belgians learn to appreciate beer. There is no finer example than Avril certified organic. Bottle.

Dupont Biere de Miele
Pale yellow in color with a marvelous floral scent. A honeyed richness coaxes the palate into thinking the beer is sweet but the finish is dry with a notable hop tang. Bottle.

Castelain Blond Biere De Garde
Castelain is the classic example of the rare blonde Biere de Garde. Castelain has a sweet palate. Many beers that are sweet and malty have a tendency to be insipid. Castelain, on the other hand, has a great deal of finesse. Bottle

Dupont Saison
The classic example of the Saison style. A pleasing pale straw color with a dense creamy head. The nose is estery with citrus and spicy notes. Full bodied and malty, it sparkles on the palate and finishes with a zesty hop and citrus attack. Bottle.

Looks like a delicious menu. Congratulations to Vanberg & Dewulf, and thanks for all you’ve done for craft beer! Cheers!