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Vanberg & DeWulf

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Vanberg & DeWulf is an American importation business that brings premium Belgian beer to the United States.[1] Vanberg & DeWulf is considered an influential Belgian beer importer.[2]


Vanberg & DeWulf, was established in 1982 by Donald Feinberg, and in 1990 his wife, Wendy Littlefield, joined him as a partner in the business.[3] Vanberg & DeWulf has worked exclusively with breweries that are independent, family-run and artisanal in their approach. Vanberg & DeWulf started by offering some of what are now familiar names in Belgian brewing: Duvel first,[4] followed quickly by Castelain, Rodenbach, Kwak, Blanche de Bruges, Affligem, Frank Boon's lambics, Dubuisson, Dupont and Slaghmuylder. They brought French Bieres de Gardes to the US market, first with Jenlain and then Brasserie Castelain [5]

In 1996, Vanberg & DeWulf opened Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, with Duvel Moortgat and Scaldis.[6] Brewery Ommegang was the first brewery in the US dedicated to Belgian-style all bottle-conditioned, cork-finished beers.[7][8][9] In 2003, Duvel Moortgat purchased Vanberg & DeWulf's majority stake in Ommegang as well as Vanberg & DeWulf's import rights to import Duvel beers.[10]

Following the sale of Ommegang, Feinberg rebuilt the remaining portfolio over the next five years.[11]

In 2011, Vanberg & DeWulf celebrated 30 years of bringing Belgian beers to the United States with the Coast-to-Coast-Toast[12] ,[13][14] a nationwide promotion of Belgian beer. 350 of the top Belgian beer accounts in the United States participated in the event, in conjunction with Untappd.[15] Vanberg & DeWulf has since celebrated the Coast-to-Coast Toast annually in November as a celebration of craft and family-run breweries, and it has become the largest one-day celebration of craft and specialty beer culture in the country.[16]


Vanberg & DeWulf imports forty-three beers from eleven breweries in four countries representing more than twenty styles, mostly Belgian or Belgian-influenced. The company represents beers brewed by:[17]

Belgian Classic Brewers:

  • Geuzestekkerij DeCam – (Gooik, Belgium)
  • Brasserie Dubuisson (Pipaix, Belgium)[18]
  • Brasserie Dupont (Tourpes, Belgium)[19]
  • Brouwerij Slaghmuylder (Ninove, Belgium)[20]
  • Brouwerij Dilewyns (Dendermonde, Belgium)[21]

The Vanberg & DeWulf “Honorary Belgian Beer” collection of beers includes:

  • Brasserie Castelain (Benifontaine, France) Bieres de Gardes[22]
  • Amiata Birrificio Artigianale (Arcidosso, Italy)[23]
  • Brewery Olvisholt (Iceland)[24]
  • Green Jack Brewing Company (UK)[25]
  • Borg Brugghús (Iceland)[26]

Awards & accomplishments

  • Vanberg & DeWulf published the first US edition of Michael Jackson’s The Great Beers of Belgium in 1995[27] – now in its 6th printing. They worked closely with Ruth Van Waerebeke the Belgian chef and writer who authored Everybody Eats Well in Belgium,[28] a standard reference for US chefs.
  • Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield were the first Americans inducted into the Belgian Brewers Guild in its history.[29]
  • Feinberg and Littlefield were both nominated for the Mercurius Award, the highest civilian honor given by the Belgium government for the promotion of Belgium abroad, in the late 1990s.
  • V&D import Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter won the Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships on January 16, 2012.[30]
  • Feinberg and Littlefield were nominated as semi-finalists for a James Beard Foundation Award in 2013 for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional, the first beer importers to ever be nominated for the award.[31]
  • In 2011, V&D's own Lambrucha, a combination of lambic and kombucha tea, was named the Best Experimental Beer of the year at the U.S. Open Beer Championships.[32]
  • In 2014, V&D import Bush de Nuits (Scaldis Prestige de Nuits) was named one of the 100 Top Beers in the World by[33]

Many of the beers imported by Vanberg & DeWulf have received World Beer Cup Awards, including three silver, six gold, and one platinum medal in 2012.[34] In 2013, their own Vanberg et Famille Lambickx De Troch scored a 98 and earned a platinum medal.[35]


  1. ^ McIntyre, Jordan (March 29, 2012). "Spotlight On: Vanberg & DeWulf, As Told by Wendy Littlefield". Great Brewers. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ Noel, Josh (11 November 2011). "Raise a Glass to Belgian Beer at Coast to Coast Toast". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  3. ^ McIntyre, Jordan (March 29, 2012). "Spotlight On: Vanberg & DeWulf, As Told by Wendy Littlefield". Great Brewers. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Brew in Town: A pair of Belgian beer experts make Chicago their home". Tasting Table Chicago. October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  5. ^ DiTullo, Matthew. "30 Years of Belgian Imports Thanks to Vanberg & DeWulf". Brewpublic. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  6. ^ Vang, Richard (1997). "Vanberg & DeWulf's "Belgian Brewery"". Great Lakes Brewing News. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  7. ^ Halber, Rob (January 2002). "Belgo-American Brewing". All About Beer Magazine. 6. 22. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  8. ^ Vang, Richard (1997). "Vanberg & DeWulf's "Belgian Brewery"". Great Lakes Brewing News. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  9. ^ "With an American twist ..." Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Duvel Moortgat buys Ommegang". Modern Brewery Age. 10 February 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  11. ^ Lew, Bryson (1 November 2011). "Vanberg & DeWulf: 30 Years of Belgian Beers" (PDF). Draught Lines. 3 (5): 4–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 December 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  12. ^ Noel, Josh (November 11, 2011). "Raise a glass to Belgian beer at Coast to Coast Toast". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Holiday Beer Tasting Tuesday! + Vanberg & DeWulf Salute". Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  14. ^ Cook, Chuck (November 8, 2011). "Coast to Coast Toast is in one week". Belgian beer and travel. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Coast to Coast Toast partners with Untappd". 2 Beer Guys. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Ten things to look for at Vanberg & DeWulf Coast to Coast Toast 3 events this week". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Vanberg & DeWulf". Origlio. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  18. ^ DiTullo, Matthew. "30 Years of Belgian Imports Thanks to Vanberg & DeWulf". Brewpublic. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  19. ^ DiTullo, Matthew. "30 Years of Belgian Imports Thanks to Vanberg & DeWulf". Brewpublic. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  20. ^ Mai, Jeffy. "Publican Leads Nationwide Belgian Beer Celebration". Eater Chicago. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  21. ^ "Rare Beer Club Selections Apr 2012–Brouwerij Dilewyns - Vicaris Generaal & Masia Agullons - Runa Brown Ale". My Beer Buzz. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  22. ^ Nason, Adam. "Two Brothers, Castelain team up on Diversey and Lill(e) Collaborative Ale". Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  23. ^ "Contessa IPA Imported by Vanberg". Modern Brewing Age. 21 February 2012.
  24. ^ "New beer labels: Westbrook, Evil Twin, Heavy Seas". Beer Pulse. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  25. ^ "Green Jack Brewing Company Debuts at Churchkey". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  26. ^ "Vanberg and DeWulf update: Olvisholt, Garun, Green Jack, Contessa, Gandavum". Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  27. ^ Jackson, Michael. Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium. Brewers Publications, 2008. Print.
  28. ^ Van Waerebeke, Ruth. Everybody Eats Well in Belgium, Workman Pub., 1996. Print.
  29. ^ Uyehara, Mari. "Beer trends Industry experts give us the inside scoop on what 2012 holds for beer". Timeout NY. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  30. ^ "The Website of the Beverage Tasting Institute". Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  31. ^ "James Beard Foundation Awards- Vanberg & DeWulf". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  32. ^ "2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Winners". Archived from the original on 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2015-07-04.
  33. ^ "The Top Beers In The World".
  34. ^ "World Beer Cup Winner List" (PDF). World Beer Cup. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  35. ^ "Vanberg et Famille Lambickx De Troch". World Beer Cup.

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