Observations from Diageo World Class 2018 Benelux Finals

Well, the first one is easy of course, David Lebeer won for Belgium! He’ll be representing Belgium on the Global Finals hosted this year in Berlin and we wanted to create a little buzz (pun intended) here. Didn’t get the pun? Well he has a thing going on with bees and with a surname which…

The Cobbler, 1898 The Post Hotel, Ghent.

I know, it has been a long while since we reviewed another Belgian cocktailbar, but here we are again. This time it’s The Cobbler in beautiful Ghent, located in the spectacular 1898 The Post Hotel at the wonderful Graslei, close to St. Michael’s Bridge. If you have never visited Ghent before, then please do! Put…

The Macallan 1824 Series Foodpaired By A Master Chef

The title above says it all and what more can I add than just the fact that I had the honour to taste the damn stuff! We were mighty excited because the Master Chef in question is non other than Geert Van Der Bruggen from restaurant De Lijsterbes and the whole session was talked together…

Gold Gin 999.9 Competition

In every aspect Gold Gin would be the perfect gin for a Bond villain. I mean take a look at that bottle, it utterly demands to be looked at, you can’t miss it, but at the same time you can’t read what’s on it. It’s complex and mysterious. Just like its origin story, listen to…

Bijou Bar (Antwerp), timeless perfection

Bijou, a diamond in the rough? No, it’s definitely well cut and polished! A hidden jewel then? No, not really hidden, just rather modest. This bar created by cocktailian veteran, Ben Belmans and the bearded ginger sultan of drinks, Dieter Van Roy is a sparkling stone amongst pebbles! Even so that – not entirely unexpected…

Maison Ferrand & The Launch Of The Belgian Cocktail Book

Every year Maison Ferrand launches a cocktail book in a different city, this book  represents the (cocktail) culture and bartender scene of the country the city is located in. It started 5 years ago in Paris, followed by Berlin, London, Singapore, NYC and now Antwerp, Belgium. The good people of Maison Ferrand immediately spotted how…

Jigger’s will be jamming with the best of the world!

Belgium’s best cocktailbar Jigger’s has invited 4 worldstar bartenders – each belonging to a bar from amongst the top 50 best bars in the world – for a two day guestbartending. This is your chance to meet the best of the best in the world and compare cocktail culture from Italy, Moscow, Chicago and Amsterdam…

Jurgen Nobels wins Diageo World Class Belgium 2015!

Wow! Ladies and gentlemen, what a match! If you think bartending is easy feel free to enlist next year in what is commonly known as ‘the Olympics of Bartending’ – Diageo World Class! After more than 10 hours of competing, Belgium finally has a candidate to send to the Global Finals in South Africa: Mr….