stills from the week | 9 sep 2019

Early September marks the beginning of what I’ve termed ‘beer festival season.’ As most of Belgium slowly returns from their August ‘vacance,’ weekends start to see a flurry of activity with festivals, concerts, and events claiming most Saturdays and Sundays. This lasts well into winter capping off with the Christmas markets that will be covered in this blog in a few months!

This past weekend, 6-8 September, was Belgian Beer Weekend on the Grand Place. It is mostly traditional Belgian breweries whose core beers are your typical Belgian Blondes, Dubbels, and Triples, but there’s always a few offerings from smaller breweries that peak my interest. For three days, the central market of Brussels sees a constant flow of beer geeks, beer lovers, and unknowing tourists passing through, and it always makes for an entertaining festival.

This year, I was shooting for Brasserie St-Feuillien and covering the event from their point of view. Alongside their core range, they were pouring a Spéciale Belge, and often times opening some larger-than-you’re-used-to-seeing 6 Liter bottles of their Triple. Weather was great, crowds were great, and because I did enjoy quite a few beers, I can report that the beers were great as well.

Enjoy the photos!

Gear Used: camera - sony a7iii | lenses - sony 85mm f/1.8, sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art

 
 

 
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stills from the week | 2 sep 2019

Part of my 9-5, which is anything but, takes me to quite a few breweries to shoot. For me, it’s the best of both worlds being a lover of photography and beer (all kinds). Watching the production of beer, or really the production of anything for that matter, can give you such a better understanding and appreciation for the finished product, and getting as close to the action as I do, while trying to capture it in unique and creative ways, is definitely a rewarding way to spend my days.

This past week, I traveled south to the Belgian town of Waterloo, famously known for its namesake battle in 1815. Here, Brasserie de Waterloo brews up a nice range of beers alongside some distilled spirits, too. Seeing that they’re located on a farm, it’s no surprise they’ve also got some hops growing in their courtyard, which just so happens to be the reason for my visit.

I was there to capture some stills and video of the hop harvest, and to follow one of their brewers around as he hand-picked these hops growing on the exterior of the brewery. Up and down the ladder he went grabbing as many buds as he could, and I got to enjoy it all from behind the lens. Hope you enjoy the shots!

Gear Used: camera - sony a7iii | lenses - sony 85mm f/1.8, sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art