Weyerbacher Brewing and Brasserie de la Senne brew the official beer of Philly Beer Week 2013!


L-R: Chris Wilson, Matt Hohorst, Tom Peters, Yvan De Baets, William Reed, Ed Friedland, Ken Correll and Jennie Hatton (photo credit).

Weyerbacher Brewing Company of Easton, PA and Brasserie de la Senne, of Brussels, Belgium, have collaborated and produced a new Belgo-American beer style, physically brewed in Belgium to be the official beer of Philly Beer Week 2013!  Philly Beer Week is the nation’s biggest and best beer week celebration— something no beer drinker should miss!

Chris Wilson & Matt Hohorst

Chris Wilson, the Head Brewer of Weyerbacher Brewing Company, was chosen out of sixteen Philadelphia area brewers to brew a collaborative beer with a Belgian brewer.  Matt Hohorst, a Philadelphia area resident and drinker of fine beers, won a raffle at an event held at the Field House in Philly.  As the winner, he was able to make the decision as to what brewery would participate in the collaboration.  In addition, Matt and his then-girlfriend [wait for it, wait for it] were able to travel to Belgium with Chris Wilson, Tom Peters (owner, Monks CafeNodding HeadBelgian Cafe), William Reed (owner, Standard TapJohnny Brendas), “Scoats” (owner, Grey LodgeHop Angel), Jennie Hatton (PR firm for Philly Beer Week), Ed Friedland (Origlio Beverage, our awesome Philly Distributor) and Ken Correll (Memphis Taproom) and others.  It seems Matt really enjoyed the trip as during the group’s visit to Brugge, Matt proposed to his girlfriend!

Congratulations, Matt & Elisa!

Chris worked with Brasserie de la Senne Owner and Head Brewer Yvan De Baets over the phone and email to hash out their ideas for a great Belgian-American collaborative brew which highlights both American and Belgian ingredients.  Yvan is considered an expert in the roots of historic Belgian beer styles.  His beers are delicious, generally quite hoppy for a Belgian beer and are available here in the US through Shelton Brothers.

Chris Wilson, Head Brewer of Weyerbacher Brewing Company of Easton, PA (left) and Yvan De Baets, Owner / Head Brewer of Brasserie de la Senne, Brussels, Belgium (right) (Jennie Hatton photo credit)

Once in Belgium, the pair brewed the beer together on Brassarie de la Senne’s modern 20 hectoliter brewhouse making this a truly collaborative beer.  The beer is a Belgo-American Dubbel with oats, molasses and a combination of American and European hops!  This as-yet unnamed beer will be the official beer for Philly Beer Week 2013 and will be available at select bars throughout Philly Beer Week.

Brouwerij De Dolle, Esen, BE

In addition to brewing the beer at Brasserie de la Senne, the group was able to visit the incredible Brouwerij De Dolle in Esen, famous for their Ara Bier, Oerbiew, Stille Nacht and Dulle Teve; the tiny Brasseria de Cazeau in Cazeau, known for their Tournay and Saisons; De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, known for their Pannepot Fisherman’s Ale and Black Albert; and last but certainly not least, Brasserie Cantillion in Brussels, known for their epic Lambic beers.

L-R “Scoats”, William Reed, Jennie Hatton, Chris Wilson in Antwerp

The group traveled to some of the most famous pubs in Belgium including ‘t Brugs Beertje and de Garre, both located in the medieval city of Brugge; Moeder Lambic in Brussels and many, many more!  The group played ‘Threes’ wherever they went.  It seems that many Euros were won and lost by all!

L-R Jennie, William in a bar in Antwerp

L-R, ‘Scoats’ and Matt at de Garre in Brugge


Philly Beer Week 2013 runs from  May 31st thru June 9th and is the nation’s BIGGEST and BEST beer week event.  Be sure to get in the action and go http://www.phillybeerweek.org/ to make some plans!

posted by Bill Bragg in News and have Comments (3)

3 Responses to “Weyerbacher Brewing and Brasserie de la Senne brew the official beer of Philly Beer Week 2013!”

  1. avatar Sean says:

    So where are we going to be able to find this sensational brew?

    • avatar Bill Bragg says:

      Hey Sean! It’ll be front-and-center at Opening Tap and available at select locations throughout Philly Beer Week – a press release is forthcoming!

  2. […] read about the trip to Belgium, the way this beer came to be and see lots of pictures, read this article.  To see the official press release for the beer and its label, click […]

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