Odd Couple: Belgian Beers will be Paired with Chef Bettina Arguelles’s Filipino Pica-Pica in this Virtual Tasting - Lifestyle Asia

The artisanal beers included in the event were curated from Brouwerij Van Steenberge, a 147-year-old brewery from East Flanders. 

The Tasting Club’s next event will be an exploration of Belgian beer, and how to pair it with dishes that have distinctly Filipino flavors. 

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Aptly called Belgian Beer Exploration with the Filipino Touch, the tasting event is done in partnership with specialty and craft beer importer Two Belgians, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the brewery Brouwerij Van Steenberge, and the Belgian-Filipino Business Club.

For this tasting, five artisanal beers were curated from Brouwerij Van Steenberge, which was established in 1874 in the Belgian province of East Flanders. 

“The purpose of the tasting is to appreciate and understand how the different types of artisanal beers are produced in Belgium,” says Kevin Charuel, The Tasting Club founder. “With the rise in popularity of craft beers in the Philippines, we are very excited to share about some of the finest artisanal beers produced in the world.”

This tasting will be also unique as each beer will be paired with Filipino fusion pica-pica prepared specially for the occasion by Chef Bettina Arguelles, executive chef of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. 

“Pairing gourmet beers with fine dishes incorporating Filipino ingredients will definitely be a special tasting experience for beer connoisseurs and foodies” Charuel adds.

Jef Versele, brewmaster and sixth generation family owner of Brouwerij Van Steenberge

What’s in the box

Each participant will receive a tasting kit featuring the aforementione artisanal beers and concocted dishes to enjoy the virtual presentation conducted by Jef Versele, brewmaster and sixth generation family owner of Brouwerij Van Steenberge, and Arguelles.

The pairings will go as follows: Baptist Wit, with tomate crevette and kesong puti dip arugula, cherry tomato, shrimp, kesong puti, and fresh tarragon; Baptist Blond, with waterzoï chicken braised in cream, vegetables, and malunggay; Augustijn Blond, with baked tahong mussels malagos blue peppato, garlic, and spinach; Piraat, with boulettes a la manillaise pork and beef meatballs, cerveza negra, and mango; and Gulden Draak, with chilli chocolate fudge 70% guanaja chocolate, siling labuyo, and almond.

The virtual tasting is scheduled on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 5 PM. Each tasting kit is priced at P2,000 and features the artisanal beer selection (333ml each) with the dish pairings (good for one to two people).

Reservations may be done through this link. For more information, email [email protected] or visit @the_tasting_club on IG.

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