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…

A day at the Diageo Bar Academy

I received the privilege to attend one of the Diageo Bar Academy lessons recently. It took me right away to my days at the university, most of the students had slept for less than 3hrs, everybody took notes and forgot them at the end of the day. Then everybody went for a beer… All in…

The Cocktail Nation goes Amster-damn! And “Hides in Plain Sight”

HPS a secret circle of tastebud enchanters   The second cocktailbar we wanted to visit was the HPS – Hiding in Plain Sight. An award winning bar in the Dutch cocktail scene and a bar much recommended by Belgian bartenders.Curiousity was triggered, I had to pay a visit. Ben Belmans, internationally acknowledged genever specialist and godfather…

Stanislav Vadrna en de Nikka Perfect Serve Wedstrijd

Wel, mocht je het nog niet weten het is volop wedstrijd seizoen in cocktailland. Diageo World Class, Bols Around the World, Nikka Perfect Serve, Thomas Henry, Disaronno Mixing Star, … noem maar op. Bartenders worden volop getest op hun vaardigheden en winnen of niet; elke deelname verhoogt hun wedstrijdervaring en stressbestendigheid. De Belgische preselectie voor…