Belgian Beer Cafe
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Belgian Beer Café is a chain of concept cafes/restaurants specializing in Belgian-inspired food and Belgian beers. The company was founded in Brussels in 1998 by InBev and now is part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev Group. Currently Belgian Beer Cafés can be found in 50 cities spread out over 19 countries.
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The Belgian Beer Café concept pairs Belgian beers with Belgian cuisine. The Cafés were designed by Creneau International, inspired by the look of Belgian Cafés during the interbellum and incorporating many elements of Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta. The first Belgian Beer Café opened its doors in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, in 1998. Many other European countries followed rapidly. The first Café outside Europe opened in 1999 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Belgian Beer Cafés come in two slightly different concepts: rural and cosmopolitan. The rural version imitates the typical Belgian brasserie, which is rather spacious with a large amount of seating and a good view of the comings and goings. The cosmopolitan-orientated Cafés are furnished in a more efficient way, less roomy and are targeted to a different audience.
At first, the beer menu was limited to only original InBev brands but over the years the number of participating breweries has grown.
The Belgian Beer Cafés were also represented in 2011 at the Cleveland Wine Festival. During the festival, a Belgian Beer Café served Stella Artois (premium lager), Hoegaarden (white wheat beer) and Leffe (abbey beer).
In 2011 Belgian Beer Cafés can be found in 51 cities spread out over 20 countries and 4 continents (Europe, Asia, North America and Australia). Most of them are located in city centres, but the Cafés can also be found in hotels and at international airports.