From the Publisher
Cogan & Mater is a small independent publishing
company, based in Cambridge UK, that produces books
about beer. Operating entirely without the support and
influence of advertising or sponsorship, it is guided only
by faith and foolishness. All profits go to the people who
create the books and are used mainly to fund future projects.
From the Author
Welcome to Brussels - Bienvenue à Bruxelles - Welkom in Brussel - Willkommen in Brüssel ...capital of Belgium, the country of contradictions they call the beer paradise.
For centuries Brussels has enjoyed a unique reputation for its beers and the hundreds of places to drink them. Conviviality is what the city does best so naturally you would expect to find a special beer place on every corner, right?
Well, no, to the surprise of many visitors. In this as in virtually every other aspect of Brussels life, to get the best out of what is really one of the world's great cities, you have to know where to go.
Joe was recently condemned to live out a few years in Brussels beacause of sins in a past life. Yvan has been campaigning for recogniotion of great beers in the capital for years, turning his slogans into real projects with the Bruxellensis Beer Festival and by the end of 2009 by opening his own brewery.
In a city that is loaded with excellent restaurants we have naturally included suggestions for fine dining with beer and how to pair food with particular styles of brew.