I will never tire of telling the tale of Heverlee’s past. Its recipe, devised from the story of an ancient beer brewed by monks in my hometown, fascinates me so much that I made it my goal to bring it to the UK.

I’ve lost count of how many pints I’ve shared, chatting over Heverlee’s past – but last month I experienced something slightly different. Instead of me being the authority on all things Heverlee in Scotland, a land far from my own, I had with me the monks who reside at the beer’s home, the Abbey of the order of Premontre near Leuven.

On their trip they treated locals to the story of Heverlee, visited some of Scotland’s greatest sights and also the wonderful bars of Glasgow and Edinburgh where they got to see the beer they had helped bring to the UK enjoyed in front of their eyes.

The monks will soon see fans of Heverlee come through the doors of the Abbey to try a sip in their own territory at its new bar, but for now it was my pleasure to show off the progress the beer is making in Scotland on a trip I’ll never forget.

Posted by Joris