DWWA judge profile: Andy De Brouwer

Andy De Brouwer is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Andy De Brouwer

After graduating from Brussels Hotel School as best wine student, Andy De Brouwer’s hunger for wine knowledge resulted in extra sommelier training.  One year at the well-reputed Hotel School Ter Duinen on the Belgian Coast and also the Sopexa wine courses made him a recognized Maître Sommelier.

As a young driven Sommelier, Andy worked and still works in the family business restaurant “Les Eleveurs” in Halle, where he and his sister are the 4th generation to run this hotel-restaurant, established in 1897. He was awarded the title of Belgian Sommelier of the Year, the awarding body giving much credit to his dedicated and determined programme of self-study.

Despite his busy life, Andy is an active member of the Belgian Sommelier Guild and also a wine writer. He used to be columnist for the magazine of the national newspaper De Morgen and the wine magazine Vino. He also wrote a wine book “Message in a bottle” and a food book “Croque a day”.

Another passion is the creation of beverages; he assembled already 4 different wines in different countries for an own label in collaboration with winemakers such as Antonio Maçanita in Portugal, Anne Gros in France, and Thomas Glinavos in Greece.

A more recent passion is the bar tending world which inspired him to write his latest book “A cocktail a night”. He recently designed his own beer label “Eleveurke” and his worldwide praised sour beer, the Geuze “Zenne y Frontera”. In October 2018, he was awarded with the title “Best Maître d’hôtel of Belgium 2019” Prosper Montagné.

2016 was Andy de Brouwer’s first year as a judge for the DWWA.