HORAL Opens Membership to Gueuze Enthusiasts

HORAL Opens Membership to Gueuze Enthusiasts

The High Council for Craft Lambic Beers (HORAL) was founded a quarter-century ago. Only lambic brewers and gueuze blenders from the Pajottenland and the Senne Valley could become members of the brewers’ association. That has recently changed. In addition to the brewers and blenders, who are the so-called effective members, private individuals can now also become supporting members of HORAL.

HORAL promotes Oude Geuze, Oude Kriek and other traditional lambic beers, paying attention to the entire process from brewing to serving. In addition, the association has also set itself the goal of denouncing irregularities and taking steps at the European level to protect traditional lambic beers.

“In the past, we have been asked several times by gueuze fans how they can support these goals and whether they could also become a member of our non-profit organisation. Until recently, this was not statutory possible. After all, membership was exclusively reserved for brewers and distillers”, explains HORAL Chairman Gert Christiaens. “Recently, however, the General Assembly of HORAL decided that from now on, enthusiasts of Oude Geuze, Oude Kriek and lambic – so no companies or other legal entities – can become supporting members of the association.”

For a supporting member, the annual membership fee is EUR 37.50. Anyone who joins in 2022 is also a member until 31 December of next year.

In exchange, you get a HORAL T-shirt. Supporting members will also be invited to the ceremony of the Lambic Award, an award presented in December to individuals who have made a valuable contribution to Lambic, Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek. During this event, you can meet other supporting members and numerous brewers and blenders. Supporting members also receive a 10 per cent discount on the registration fee of the Lambic Academy.

For more detailed information, see https://www.horal.be/en/members/become-a-supporting-member-of-horal

HORAL was founded in 1997. The association promotes artisanal lambic beers, in particular Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek. HORAL unites 11 producers from Flemish and Walloon Brabant: Boon, De Oude Cam, De Troch, Den Herberg, Hanssens, Lambiek Fabriek, Lindemans, Mort Subite, Oud Beersel, Tilquin and Timmermans.


Press contact: tel. +32 498 522 322, pers@horal.be