De Struise Brouwers, Oostvleteren Belgium. Portraits of owners/brewers Urbain Coutteau and Carlo Grootaert. After a week of sampling Belgian beers, I’d have to say De Struise was my favorite brewery. They consistently put out amazing brews and aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. I love how they experiment with aging in different types of barrels. Their ‘Black Albert’, a Russian Imperial Stout pictured above was a highlight. Although every one of their beers is a winner. Big thanks to Carlo for taking the time to meet with us and give us a private tasting. And also to my buddy Matt Shields who was persistent enough at getting in touch with him that he finally agreed to it. A real honor.