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Chouffe has great beers to go gnome to

Added: Friday, June 18th 2021

Chris at La Chouffee

  

June 21 may no longer be freedom day for beer drinkers but we can celebrate International Gnome Day thanks to the La Chouffe brewery in Belgium, famous for its labels depicting mythical gnomes living in the forest of the Ardennes.

Five Chouffe beers will be available in Britain on draught and in bottle, with tap takeovers in a number of top pubs and bars and bottles on sale in leading outlets.

The beers are:

•La Chouffe (8%), the original beer: pale gold, spicy with hints of coriander.

•McChouffe (8%), ruby red with aniseed, liquorice and caramel notes.

•Chouffe Soleil (6%), a new summer beer, lemon coloured with notes of elderflower, camomile, mandarin and lime, backed by peppery hops.

•Houblon Chouffe (9%), the first Belgian IPA brewed with Amarillo, Saaz and Tomahawk hops, with big citrus/grapefruit notes.

•Cherry Chouffe (8%), with cherry, strawberry, almond, port wine and spices on nose and aroma.

As well as the draught outlets, a La Chouffe gift pack containing all five beers will be available from the Beer Hunter,  the Belgian Beer Company, Virgin Wines and Honest Brews. The individual beers will be on sale in branches of Booths and Majestic.

Gnomes, known as the chouffe, were rumoured to live in the Ardennes, where they had their own brewery. Disaster struck when the brewery was destroyed but according to a legend one of her gnomes passed the recipes to the founders of La Chouffe.

Chris Bauweraerts (pictured above with Marcel the Chouffe) and Pierre Gobon started brewing in Pierre’s kitchen on a farm. In 1982 they graduated to a small commercial brewery and labelled their first beer with the image of a chouffe, which created enormous interest.

In 2006 the brewery was sold to the major Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat, which has exported Chouffe beers far and wide. Chris Bauweraerts now works a roving ambassador for Duvel Moortgat while the Chouffe brewery has been expanded with a visitor centre, shop and restaurant. The brewery produces 150,000 hectolitres a year.

Tap takeovers will be held at:

Account Name

City

Website

Boro Bistro

London

 

The Rake

London

 

The Golden Ark Micropub

London

 

The Dove

London

http://dovepubs.com/

Sutton Arms

London

https://www.sutton-arms.co.uk/

Bethnal Green Tavern

London

https://www.bethnalgreentavern.co.uk/

Lowlander

London

https://www.lowlander.com/

Funky Cellar

London

https://www.instagram.com/funkycellar_

Trappist House

Hoylake

 

Cavern of the Curious Gnome

Chester

 

Thirsty Duck

Ormskirk

 

Little Monk

Leeds

 

Cherry Reds

Birmingham 

 

The Tamworth Tap

Tamworth 

 

The Royal Standard

Cambridge 

 

The Maypole

Cambridge 

 

Triple B

Worcester

 

The Albert Kilpin

Nottingham

 

The Sirens Calling

Portishead

 

The Thirsty Duck

Burscough

 

The Beer Emporium

Bristol

 

Belgium and Blues

Bournemouth

 

Belgium and Blues

Southampton

 

 
 
 
Chouffe pack