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Beer: The High Art Of The Low Countries

Andrew Graham Dixon’s new BBC4 series The High Art Of The Low Countries started this week with an episode on Flemish art. You can’t understand the history of art in isolation from the social and economic factors that influence it, so the programme is also a fascinating and enjoyable general background for anyone considering a beery trip to Bruges, Ghent or Brussels.

Andrew Graham Dixon

Partly to introduce the importance of religion and monasteries to the development of the Low Countries, Andrew also visited the abbey at Orval and discussed beer with Brother Xavier.  You can view that short section from about the 9 minute point on the BBC iPlayer at this link, which will be available for the next 18 days.  However, I would encourage you to watch the whole programme.


Whilst we’re on the Low Countries, I missed North Bar’s Lowlands Beer Festival, but when I called in this week the fridges were still packed with great Belgian and Dutch bottles, both traditional and modern.  We enjoyed an Emelisse TIPA and Viven Imperial IPA and finished off the keg of De Dolle Bos Keun, all of which took us back to our trip to Bruges, as recorded in these posts.  Andy Mogg has also posted about his trip to Bruges here.

First image from The Arts Desk.

  1. April 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Yep, a cool little unexpected gem. I haven’t been watching this series, but this piqued my interest, and in usual AGD has done a great job in distilling a lot of facets into one glass of beer. His Italian show with Locatelli was one of the best food shows on in recent years – because it was genuinely about food – not the presenter….

  2. Max
    April 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Andrew Graham Dixon and Beer… Surely TV gold. I am unashamed to say that I stalked AGD and Georgio Locatelli around Eataly in Turin. Didn’t speak to them. That wouldn’t be the done thing. Just stalked ’em… and then skulked off to the beer cellar. Waffle over

  1. May 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

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