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Belgian Witbier & German Hefeweizen: Aren’t They the Same?

Do you know what the best part about summer is? Do you? …wait, what? Summer is over? No, don’t tell me that. Summer is the best part of the year, and the best part about summer is the beer. Wheat beer, specifically. Glorious and fruity, wheat beer is my drink ...

Belgian Beer Styles Everyone Should Try

Most beer drinkers agree that brewers in Belgium produce some of the best beers in the world.  Perhaps this is because Belgian brewers have very strong ties to their history and tradition of brewing while still managing to maintain a level of individuality and creativity. This is why it is ...

Cooking With Belgian Beer

Drinking a Belgian beer can be an experience unto itself, but did you know those complex flavors are not limited to an experience reached solely by glass? Cooking with Belgian beer is a flavorful—and healthy!—experience not to be overlooked. Experimenting with your favorite brews in the kitchen is immensely satisfying ...

Why Does Beer Come In Different Colored Bottles?

The average consumer probably doesn’t pay much attention to the shape and color of their beer bottles these days. With an exploding market and a vast variety ranging from short, squat bottles to tall long necks, from glass to aluminum, from the average brown to the rare green, the bottles ...

You Might Think You Understand How Beer Gets Skunked…

But you might be wrong… This beer is too hoppy. That one is too sweet. You may not like it, but chances are there’s someone else who does. Unless of course that beer is skunked (gross!). Certain beers seem to carry a distinct, inescapable aroma of skunk, and no one ...

Drink Belgian Beer. Drink Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw.

With each flip of the calendar, we put our tastebuds to the test, and select one premium imported brew as our Beer of the Month. And here we are, the year 2015 is one-twelfth over. February is upon us: It’s the month for rodents who predict six more weeks of ...

Hut, Hut, Drink: Belgian Beer Guaranteed to Up the Ante

Sure, it’s the most exciting football game of the year. The food is plenty. The commercials are memorable. But let’s face it: The best part of the Super Bowl is the beer. And while you could stick with the old, faithful brew you know and love, but that would be ...

Togetherness Reigns During Christmas in Belgium

There are stockings hung on the mantle, an evergreen tree draped in colorful lights, spiral ham or a roast duck on the table, cookies and milk set out for a jolly old man expected to shimmy down the chimney while the children sleep in their beds — however you celebrate ...

Get Shopping: Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover in Your Life

Drinking beer is good. Drinking beer is great. Beer is a beverage, a profession, a hobby, a passion. If you find yourself short on holiday gift ideas, ask yourself one simple question: What about beer? The good people at Wetten Importers recently conducted a highly scientific* poll, and discovered that ...

World’s Best Belgian style DARK Strong Beer: Gouden Carousel Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw

Congratulations to Gouden Carousel Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw on Winning: WBA’s World’s Best Belgian style DARK Strong Beer  ...

Celebrate Oktoberfest When You Know All the Facts

It’s that time of year again: Time for that legendary festival in Munich. Oktoberfest is now! In honor of the party heard ‘round the world, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to share five little-known facts about Oktoberfest, and how you can celebrate when traveling abroad. 1. Oktoberfest actually starts in ...

Belgian Beer Quenches the Palate, Creates Jobs

You’ve heard the saying… Beer is proof God loves us, and wants us to be happy. Well, as it turns out, we now have proof that beer is also responsible for a large number of American jobs. What could be better than that?! Beer makes us happy. Beer quenches our ...

You Know Belgium Makes Great Beer, But Did You Know…?

You know it’s from where Wetten Importers brings that great and tasty Belgian beer, but did you know? Belgium boasts more castles per square kilometer than any other country in the world. Also, the world’s longest rail network, measuring more than 4000 kilometers. Brussels sprouts have been grown — where ...

Pair a Picnic With Your Favorite Belgian Tripel This Summer in Northern Virginia

What could possibly be better than a summer night spent with good friends? A summer night spent with good friends, listening to good music, drinking good beer, and eating great food. That’s what could be better. And it’s happening. In the wild, Belgian beer-loving world of Wetten Importers tonight: I’m ...

Belgian Beer is Tasty (& It Might Keep You Slim!)

Brews from De Troch, Eggenberg, De Halve Maan, and others are made available to Belgian beer lovers throughout northern Virginia with a little help from Wetten Importers. Drink it. Cook with it. Pair it with your favorite meal. And hey, during the month of June, you can even visit Fado ...

Celebrate Sour Beer Month in DC at Fado Irish Pub, or Anywhere You May Be

It’s sour beer month in Washington, DC! At the area’s favorite Chinatown hotspot, and for the month of June only, beer connoisseurs and newcomers alike are invited to challenge their taste buds by trying handcrafted traditional Belgian sour beers, including: Oud Beersel Framboise Draught Oud Beersel Oud Kriek Oud Beersel ...

Brew a Better Belgian-Style Wheat Beer at Home

When we last talked, we talked of the differences between two similar styles of imported beer, German hefeweizen, and Belgian witbier. As northern Virginia’s importer of Belgian beer, it seemed only logical that we’d follow that up with this: A handy guide to home-brewing a better Belgian witbier Everybody who’s ...

Any Time, Every Time: It’s Always the Right Time for Belgian Beer

I like beer. All kinds of beer: Craft beer. Macro beer. Light beer. Dark beer. Hoppy beer. Malty beer. But do you know what kind of beer I like best of all? Belgian beer I like Belgian beer with breakfast. I like Belgian beer with lunch. I like Belgian beer ...

Take A Little Trip With Us: To Brussels, to De Halve Maan

Belgium. It’s synonymous with beer. Okay, maybe that’s not completely true, but it may as well be. Also, chocolate. And waffles. But mostly beer. Belgians love beer. And the rest of the world loves that Belgians love beer, because those beer-loving Belgians make damn good Belgian beer. We could go ...

Did you know…? All About Delirium Tremens

Someone asked me once, “Do you know what Delirium tremens is?” Being the Belgian beer expert that I am, I responded, “What is there not to know? Delirium Tremens, the pink elephant, L. Huyghe Brewery, my favorite beer. Delicious beer. I think I’ve got a few leftover in the refrigerator ...

Try Something New: Drink Belgian Austrian Beer!

Well, there’s something you don’t see every day. What’s that, you ask? Labels. Specifically, these beer labels. You might recognize some of the more familiar brands from Brouwerij de Troch (their Framboise, or Peche), Bierbrouwerij De Halve Maan (Straffe Hendrik), and especially Brouwerij Huyghe (Delirium, anyone?) — but do know ...

“Bark! Bark Bark, Ruff!” You Heard Him: Buy Your Favorite Four-Legged Friend a Case of Snuffle, Belgian Beer for Dogs

“Bark! Ruff ruff! Bark!” Didn’t you know? We speak English, and Belgian, and dog. It’s a good thing, too, because how else would man’s best friend come to know about the best thing to hit the floor since kibble? “Bark! Bark bark, ruff!” Translation: Buy me a case of Snuffle, ...

You're Not Hallucinating: Delirium Tremens Celebrates 25th Jubilee with Delirium Argentum

Delirium Tremens, with its iconic pink elephant, is a quarter of a century old! And to commemorate this jubilant occasion — that is to say, its jubilee — Brouwerij Huyghe developed a very special, very limited edition version of the popular brew: Delirium Argentum. A name to befit the occasion, ...

Watch the Ball Drop with Breathometer

TEN NINE EIGHT SEVEN SIX FIVE FOUR THREE TWO ONE… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Jamie and Jimmy are locked in a smooch for the record books. Alex gave Allison a chaste kiss on the lips. Lucy and Larry kissed, as twin siblings will do, on the cheek. The year 2015 has ...

21 Totally Useless (But Interesting) Facts About Beer

We love beer. That’s not news to you. We love pouring beer, and drinking craft beer — and importing beer. But there’s one thing we love most about beer: Trivia. Yes, that’s right. We know way more about beer than the average bear, and soon, you will, too. When was ...

Can Belgian Beer Travel Underground? De Halve Maan Says YES

De Halve Maan has brewed intoxicating libations in Bruges, Belgium for nearly five centuries. When you operate in a city dating back to the Iron Age — a UNESCO Heritage site, designated as “an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a ...

6 Creative Beer Labels that Prove Design Matters

Don’t judge a book by its cover. At Wetten Importers, we believe the opposite. From books to beer and beyond, packaging design is garnering more attention than ever before. Elephants and jesters and devils, oh my! Gone are the days of the same ol’ same ol’ when it comes to ...

Host the Best Imported Beer Tasting on the Block

You might think, isn’t beer tasting what I do every Friday night? Maybe, but not like this. In just seven simple steps, you can throw an imported beer tasting party that’ll be the talk of your social circle for years to come. 1. Invite your friends. Friends that like beer ...

Get Cooking: Imported Beer Adds Depth and Flavor

If there’s one thing we love almost as much as drinking imported beer, it’s cooking with beer. The versatile brews offered by Wetten Importers taste great in a frosty mug, but don’t limit their potential. Hops and malt give way to rich, earthy flavors and subtle sweetness. Soups and stews ...

Are You Drinking Your Beer From the Right Glass?

The exquisite Belgian beer distributed by Wetten Importers will tickle the your tastebuds from any glass or bottle, but why would you use a boring ol’ pint glass when you can drink that Belgian Strong Ale from a tulip glass? Trust us, that beer will taste even better a vessel designed ...

American Made Belgian Style Ales

Belgian beer is celebrated not only for its superior quality but also for its variety. There are more than 500 different beers made in Belgium. Some Belgian beers have so much complexity that they are best enjoyed in a wineglass so that the aromas can be funneled into one concentrated ...

USA Beer vs. Belgian Beer

When Belgium faced the U.S. in the World Cup this year, people everywhere had to make a very tough decision: which beer to enjoy with the game. While American brewers have unmatched vigor and a willingness to try anything, Belgian’s have mastered the art of brewing and have the tradition ...

Celebrate Lambic Beer Weekend!

Individuals that enjoy a good Lambic or sour Belgian beer might want to take a trip to Belgium this August. On August 30-31 De Lambikstoempers will be celebrating their 15th annual Lambic Beer Weekend. Over the weekend, De Lambikstoempers will offer over one hundred different beers for tasting including forty ...

Is Belgian Beer the Best in the World?

Belgium is responsible for some of the most important beer styles and traditions in the world. In fact all of the foundations that craft beer was built upon have always existed in Belgium. Belgium brewers follow traditional methods with an independent outlook and a keen focus on quality. So what ...

Using Beer in Your Brownies!

Foodies have been pairing wine and food for many years however pairing beer and food is a much more recent phenomenon in countries outside of Europe. Beer lovers in Belgium have always believed in a very natural relationship between beer and food. Everyone knows that milk, heavy cream and buttermilk ...

What is Lambic Beer?

Lambic is a very unique style of beer that is only produced in a very small region of Belgium. The name Lambic comes from the name Lembeek which is a town near Brussels. While most commercial beers are made with carefully selected strains of yeast, brewers of Lambic beer tend ...

Chocolate and Belgian Beer Come Together Like Never Before

Many people already know that Belgian beer pairs well with chocolate. Today that concept is being taken to a whole new level. Let’s explore how chocolate and Belgian beer is coming together like never before as we look at some of Belgium’s best beer chocolates. The owner of Martin’s Brewery ...

Beer Styles Specific to Belgium

Belgium is one of the oldest and more traditional places offering hundreds of different varieties of beer.  Belgian beers have a long history and are a favorite for many people around the world. This is probably due to the fact that Belgian brewers put their heart and soul into every ...

What Makes Belgian Beer Stand Out From the Rest?

Belgium is an extremely small country. In fact Belgium’s population is only slightly larger than the city of Los Angeles, California. Yet Belgian beer is commonly found on the top of almost every beer enthusiasts’ list of favorites. It is believed that the unique quality of Belgian beer comes from ...

Belgium Creates New Belgian Beer Flag

Belgian beer has been enjoyed around the world for many years. Beer lovers everywhere almost always have Belgian beer listed at the top of their favorites, and it’s really no wonder why. Belgian’s don’t just make beer; they put their very livelihood into every single beer recipe that they create. ...

Big Texas Beer Fest Honors Belgian Beer Day via Worldwide Skype Toast

The Big Texas Beer Fest was founded in 2012 by Chad and Nellie Montgomery after the couple visited Denver Colorado’s Great American Beer Festival in 2010. When they realized how the famous beer festival supported local businesses, local charities and the local economy in Denver, it just made sense for ...

How Does Beer Get its Color?

Not all beer is created equal. Individual brews can differ significantly in not only taste but appearance as well. They might contain a haze as a result of chilling or from particles of yeast that are suspended in the liquid. Head varies as well and can be described as creamy ...

Did You Know: Beer Taps in the Colorado Governor’s Mansion

During the final week of March, beer taps were installed in the Colorado governor’s mansion as part of the Centennial State’s celebration of Colorado Craft Beer Week. The mansion is the very first gubernatorial residence in the U.S. to feature in-house draught beer. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper invited brewers from ...

The History of Belgian Beer

Belgian beer dates back to the first crusades, long before Belgium became an independent country. French and Flemish abbeys brewed and distributed beer as a way to raise funds. The beer of that time had relatively low alcohol content and was preferred over the available drinking water which was often ...

De Troch Brewery is Now at Wetten Importers

De Troch Brewery is located in the bucolic countryside around Brussels and produce Chapeau fruit beers. De Troch is a truly unique Belgian artisan beer brewery that started brewing more than one hundred years ago. De Troch Brewery produces one of a kind Lambic fruit beer made with real fruit. ...

Now Offering Beer from Oud Beersel Brewery!

Oud Beersel Brewery is located in Beersel, Belgium, just 1o km from Brussels city center. Oud Beersel is one of the last remaining authentic Lambic breweries of Belgium. Oud Beersel’s Lambic beer matures up to three years in wooden barrels and is blended to create a variety of different beers. ...

Halve Mann Brewery Announces New Beer

Wetten Importers is excited to announce a new beer from Halve Mann Brewery, the Straffe Hendrik Wild. This unique beer is a Straffe Hendrik Tripel with Brets added. The Halve Maan Brewery is the only family brewery in the center of Bruges that is still active. It is situated in ...

News From the Huyghe Brewery!

Wetten Importers is pleased to announce the release of three new beers from the Huyghe Brewery: Delirium Tremens Cans, Delirium Red and Deliria. The world famous Delirium Tremens was born on December 26th, 1988. Delirium Tremens boasts an impressive 8.5% alcohol volume and is meant to be sipped slowly. This pale blond is bitter at first ...

Wetten Importers Announces the Launch of Their New Website

Wetten Importers of Sterling, Virginia announced this month the launch of their new user friendly website. Features included in the new website include detailed information about new and upcoming beers, distributor information and updated information about their products. Visitors to the website can learn about the many different products offered by Wetten ...

Special Easter Beer Release from Het Anker

Het Anker Brewery brews a very special dark beer every year for Easter called Gouden Carolus Easter. This unique beer contains several types of malt and two different kinds of herbs to give it a very fine and well-rounded taste. It boasts a ruby red color and an impressive ten percent alcohol volume. This truly unique beer is a real ...