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Meet The Founder Of Lambicus, Henk Cortier
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Meet The Founder Of Lambicus, Henk Cortier

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Updated: 29 November 2016
Meet Henk Cortier, one of the founders of beer-cafe Lambicus on Poble-Sec‘s Tamarit street. Lambicus specializes in Belgian beer, and by the look of the shelves – as well as according to the founder, the cafe has one of the widest selections of Belgian brews in the region, if not the whole country. Lambicus organizes beer tastings and other events, inviting everyone interested in learning more about the fascinating world of beer to sit down and drink a cold one.
Henk Cortier| Courtesy of Henk Cortier
Henk Cortier | Courtesy of Henk Cortier

What is the most unusual request you’ve had?

People often ask if we have a bed for them to be able to stay overnight. It reassures me that people feel at home here. When I started the project I wanted to make sure it would be the place I would personally want to spend time in, to serve the products I would want to be served myself, with the attention I would like to receive. All the people who collaborate on the project share the same philosophy.

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?

Come in, have a Cantillon, and meditate on what you’re about to do.

What’s next?

We are preparing a subscription-based club where you get a selection of Belgian beers sent to you every month. Check our website for further information.

Lambicus | Courtesy of Henk Cortier
Lambicus | Courtesy of Henk Cortier

What is your dream project?

Life.

If you could only bring three things to a deserted island, what would they be?

I wanted to answer ‘my wife and two kids,’ but I think I’ll go for a big boat, loads of food (including a pallet of Orval), and a good GPS so I can just leave and go home whenever I’m bored.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Buddha.

How would you describe Lambicus in 80 characters?

The Belgian Beer Heaven, 400+ beers, five rotating taps, tasting events, tapas.

Henk Cortier | Courtesy of Henk Cortier
Henk Cortier | Courtesy of Henk Cortier

Pale Ale or Lambic? Lambic.

Roman Polanski or Stanley Kubrick? Kubrick.

Canon or Nikon? Nikon.

New York or Paris? New York.

Sea or Mountain? Both.

Train or Plane? Train.

Lambicus | Courtesy of Henk Cortier
Lambicus | Courtesy of Henk Cortier