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On June 28 I started this petition to save the Tridaine Spring and so the well that supplies the water for to the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy and the famous Rochefort Trappist Beer. 

Now 20.009 signatures are there and to my great surprise from 160 countries worldwide. 

I already had contact with the spokeswoman of  Lhoist Industries, the Senator-Mayor of Rochefort, and the Walloon minister for the environment last week. The friendly Mayor agreed to meet up with me as soon as I had an appointment with the Walloon minister. His excellency’s secretary mailed me that he was looking in to it  as the spokes women of Lhoist Industries didn’t respond on my email yet, But both will receive a phone call tomorrow to tell them to speed up the matter.

Many thanks to all of you where ever you may live and I’ll end this update with some of…

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On June 28 I started this petition to save the Tridaine Spring and so the well that supplies the water for to the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy and the famous Rochefort Trappist Beer. 

Now 20.009 signatures are there and to my great surprise from 160 countries worldwide. 

I already had contact with the spokeswoman of  Lhoist Industries, the Senator-Mayor of Rochefort, and the Walloon minister for the environment last week. The friendly Mayor agreed to meet up with me as soon as I had an appointment with the Walloon minister. His excellency’s secretary mailed me that he was looking in to it  as the spokes women of Lhoist Industries didn’t respond on my email yet, But both will receive a phone call tomorrow to tell them to speed up the matter.

Many thanks to all of you where ever you may live and I’ll end this update with some of your finest and well meant  comments :

A monestary founded in 1230 and not spoiled all these years should not have its pure water distroyed. Pure sources of water are rare Save the Tridaine Spring
A natural water source thats free from the Earth & some muppets in an office would like to end it. fREE ADVICE close the office.
A terrible shame – business over nature.  This should not be allowed to take place and I pray this petition helps.
Absolute protection of pure natural water is non negotiable, everywhere on our Planet.
always save the water and the beer!! 🙂
An absolute dumb and short sighted idea! 
And lose one of the world’s best beers?  Not on our watch!
another selfish hearts!
ANYTHING is to be sacrificed in the name of PROFIT
As a Belgian, I cannot just ignore this. Save the trappist beers.
As an environmental expert of over 30 years experience working for the UK government and the EU, I deplore this unnecessary action, just for profit.
At Beer Mania, we are providing Rochefort (and all other Belgian Trappist except Westvleeteren) in Beijing, capital of China. 🙂
bier zoals het bedoeld is wordt zuiver gemaakt!!!
Clean water matters.  Mind it please!
clean water more important than money
Dat bier is erfgoed !
Dear Council of Rochefort and the Walloon Regional governement
Do not touch our beers!
Doing permanent damage in persuit of temporary gain just does not make sense, does it!
Don’t give our water to the mob
Don’t kill the real thing. Rochefort as it is. Strong and beautiful.
Don’t mess with beer
Everyone will remember Rochefort.  Nobody remembers a quarry. Which is better?
For the brew and for the environment.
Have you had their beer? It’s AMAZING! Don’t ruin it!
help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!help!!!
Het specifieke water is niet vervangbaar.  Ook de ecologische schade is niet herstelbaar.
i just discovered this beer.  please don’t take it away from me.  please.
I love this beer. Keep it alive!
I rate Rochefort beers as the best in the world. It would be a tragedy if it’s spring water supply were dried up. Please save the Tridaine Spring.
I was lucky enough to visit Rochefort last fall. It would be an absolute shame to let Lhoist Industrie dry up the Tridaine Spring – let’s see to it that this does not happen!
I will cry if they ruin this beautiful beer.
I’m writing to urge Rochefort and the Walloon Regional government not to dry up Tridaine the naturally pure spring. Please stop this project.
Is nothing safe from profiteers?
Is there no end to people’s greed?
It is enough !!!
It is vital that we keep all our rivers, water ways, etc,. clean.
Just hold on to the old tradition!
Keep it pure
keep your beer leave the water.
La qualità della birra è più importante del profitto industriale!
laten we nog een beetje cultuur overhouden voor
leave “well” alone
Leave nature alone!
leave our water – and our beer – ALONE!!!!
Leave the beer the way it is now!
Lhoist Industrie must be stopped, nothing can replace the taste of naturally pure spring free water!
Lhoist Industrie will never produce anything that comes close to mattering as much as Rochefort Trappist. Don’t mess with it!
Lhoist industries should be stopped right now !
Limestone is pretty common, Rochefort is rare. Save Tridaine!
Madness !!!
Making a quick buck is no excuse for interfering with this valuable traditional product.
Making money at the expense of others is just selfish and mean.  DO THE RIGHT THING.
More money sharks! I’m SOO TIRED of them!
Ne touchez pas a ma Rochefort, bande de ….
Please don’t destory a preserved part of history.
Please don’t let them destroy culture for the sake of industry!
Please don’t ruin the best beer I’ve ever tasted.
Please help save one of the best beers brewed today
Please keep greedy hands of water! I’m kindly asking to stop torturing our Planet, we do not have any other. The world is watching now, please take the right decision.
Please stop threatening one of Belgium most delicious beer!
Please, don’t kill world’s best beer.
Poland support Rochefort!
POR LA NATURALEZA!
Quality must be saved !!
Reinheitsgebot.
respect. the earth is your mother you belong to it. we shouldn’t become a pest to our own environment.
Rochefort 10 is my favorite beer!
Rochefort is absolutely brilliant. I can’t imagine that it could dissapear.
Rochefort trappist beer is a national Belgian heritage that should be protected for the future generations
Rochefort Trappist Beer is the pride of Wallonia… This is outrageous…!
Rochefort was the first Trappist beer I ever tried…it definitely can’t go away!
Salvemos el planeta!!
save the best beer in the world !!!!!
save this heavenly brewed beer, result of century’s of wisdom of brewery
Something as a long standing member of CAMRA I support!!
Stop the rape of our precious planet. Who do these people think they are?
Stop this destruction with the mining of limestone when so many harm will be caused.
Stop this nonsense, keep the planet sacret and stop polluting it and altering it for profit
Thank you @belgianbeerday & @captaincheers followers for spreading this petition Worldwide, CHEERS
The best beer in the world should be treated with more respect.
The greed needs to be capped.
The Rochefort brewery, and beer is a cultural treasure.
There must still be some people who don’t have realized that clean water is one of our most precious goods. Sad, very sad.
They are acting like Coca Cola.
This beer is unique in its history and taste and has been forever.
This internationaly respected product should be protected by law.
This is a great brewery, loved the world over by beer fans.
This is inappropriate and potentially hugely damaging. Please do not allow it.
This is VANDALISM
This sickens me.
This would be a disaster.
Tradition is more important than limestone.
Unacceptable behaviour to threaten a national institution.
Water is more worth full then any stone
Water matters more than money!
We all love Rochefort Trappist beer !
We love proper beer!
We must help peoples to save clean water anywhere at the world
What is max 20 years of business at this quarry compared to losing the Rochefort beer for eternity?
When will big companies learn to leave things alone. Money, money, money!!!
Why do human beings cause so much destruction in the name of money. Old traditions are the best ones, we should learn from them and work with nature , not against it.
Why so fool?
World class beer of Rochefort – needs to be protected
You cannot destroy centuries of tradition
you had me at beer
your hands off of my favorite beer
Yup, don’t mess with the beer.
Beer lovers unite!

AND WE DID And we’ll do it again and again , You ain’t seen nothing YET

greets & cheers

 

 

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Hello there beer-lovers,

 

What are my goals & Why AM I doing this? 

 

 

I am doing this because I love BEER. Craft, Real Ales & Belgian Beer and I want other people to learn about Belgian beer and the centuries of craftsmanship it took to come to the variation of all different beers, all made in that little country called Belgium. A country where people love to live the good life in food and drink and now, probably & ironically when the further existence of that  country itself is not sure at all , I try to give it a day where the whole country and the rest of the world can celebrate solidarity and camaraderie between beer-bar-brew people worldwide. I also want to bring the International Craft beer scene To Belgium and show my fellow country peoples the styles and brews enjoyed worldwide.

 

But there’s more 

 

1)      I want to set up local Belgian beer days & weekends (with educational tastings and cooking) in the whole world starting in the USA. Events that are a tribute to the Burgundy way of life in Belgium and that will bring this drinking and eating culture to the attention and appreciation of the people of the world. Me, I just want to be closer to my best friends whom I met 10 Years ago at the burning Man Festival in Nevada, in the USA. I visited this festival and tried to spend as much of my free time with my friends during the rest of the year. Until two years ago when I was misled in an 8 month start up scam by two professionals. I didn’t only lose all my savings but after I was discriminated by a corporate  brewery (that owned the place) for personal reasons I had a  less fortunate period in my life, Two annoying surgeries made it impossible to work and i just wanted to go and see my friends and start a new career. 

 

And so I came to the migration story of the Red Star Line: A migration museum is going to open here in my home town Antwerp about the migration of 55 million Europeans to The New World (USA & Canada). I felt really connected to their stories because I was feeling something of the same. Then I filed an idea (to find onbelgianbeerweekend.com) with the City here, but because it was an election year, the credits had to go to somebody in office and running for another 6 year of snobby-culture-political-policy.

 

I couldn’t part with my idea of toasting over the ocean and was thinking, “What do you bring to a country you emigrate too?” The good things of your home country was the logical answer. Combining that with my love for beer and the burgundy way of life, the idea for a Belgian beer-day was born.

 

So last year after a whole winter behind the computer to get some computer skills and a couple of tries in the “normal” job world (were being social, which was my job for 25 years, is “differently” appreciated) I decided to go back to the plan and go for it. And now using Social

Media. So, on august 29 2012(my birthday I started tweeting under @belgianbeerday and

@captaincheers , now (today  22 August 2013) the two accounts  have reached more than 15.239 UNIQUE FOLLOWERS in more than 119 Countries and are still growing strong . The website’s traffic also goes up every day and by adding new content almost daily, the statistics encourage me to continue with  my project even more.

 

2)                 To set up a HUGE International Craft beer festival here in Antwerp. With seeing and feeling your passion on the twitter accounts that are connected to me, I am so curious about other Craft Beers and I know a lot of Belgians are curious as well. So I want to check out how to get a the craft breweries here to give us a taste of the international evolution in brewing. Belgians are beer lovers so I think they will certainly share the interest of tasting and drinking your local beers to.

 

3)                 Because I want to set up a global community to organize events & charities in a cooperation with bars,(home/Craft-beer )breweries, restaurants or other local Small or Medium Businesses. The intention is to offer the business owner or manager the opportunity to bring goodhearted or life enjoying people together on an event or charity. The first of the charities is the worldwide Thanks 4 Giving charity, because I believe it must be possible to avoid people being cold in wintertime or even worse that people die of the cold. If we bring our old or not used warm clothes to our local bars, restaurants or other Small businesses in the thanksgiving weekend and pick them up there (last year in Antwerp I had a friendly taxi company that picked up the bags and brought them to the help organization), there must be a way to get them to the people that need them in your city or to the organization’s that do that already but are always short in winter time.    

 

So why am doing this? To start a new life? To show corporates that for some of us, it’s NOT all about the money and that there is something like a HUMAN factor in doing business. Or maybe to change the world and show that fun and charity go along together if you bring the right people together. And maybe to show all people, but especially the young ones, that it IS Ok to have crazy dreams and chase them. That it is ok to reach out and ask for some help? That if you ask, somebody out there will listen and that TOGETHER, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. (Even crazy dreams)

 

I know Now that it’s probably a good mix of all this and in the end the (almost) perfect plan is almost complete . 

 

Thank you and keep in touch or sign up to our monthly newsletter

 

 

SO ????? and WHATS Happening Now ?????
“I Just keep on dreaming” The captain said
Well first of ALL Thanks again, ALL of You, for your participation in Belgianbeerday #1.
(if you didn’t, try it out this year :THE Atmosphere & the BEER IS really  GOOD)
I love you ALL for it, from the Festivals, late night bars to the cozy back yards .Cheers!!!! This was not a perfect version(far from),YET ! But as you know I did or tried to do everything on my own and myself this year. For next year I am surrounding myself with good folks all motivated to work on this with me and all experts in their craft , also a bit of support from my Home-Town-crew and some extra means can only make it better. 
(& the site will become a meeting point of international people, their options and views
 
Still To come this year In 2013

In September you will be able to follow the oldest beer fest in Belgium Live on Belgian beer weekend .com It will be a media channel with semi-professional video’s live coverage and background information stories about the festival. With extra attention for the Nice Breweries and a huge survey on Craft beer in Belgium and an International Craft Beer Festival
In November I will try set up the Thanks 4 Giving Charity. During the T4GC weekend, people can bring their old and unused clothing to their local bar or restaurant, where it will be picked up and shared with local charity organization whose will bring & distribute it to the needing fellow man in your own town.
And THEN for IN 2014
The Captain Beerheart Foundation is Dreaming & Working hard on Organizing
  A)   The Belgian Beer day # 2 In April  2014 
I dream of a beer festival in Antwerp offering and creating a REAL Fair Trade Market place for beer People. Going from (very) small and other nice Belgian breweries to suppliers of basic products for brewing (ingredients –installations- services ) To show the whole craft to the public and to meet each other on the market .I would also like to work with Buddy -cities around the world. So, if you were a BB-Day participant last year and you think you can find some  people in your town to set something up, and to Toast with us in April LET ME KNOW so I can send an official invitation to your local community, organization or city leaders.
B) The Belgianbeerweekend Live (optional)
 In the First Weekend of September you will be able to follow the oldest beer fest in Belgium Live on Belgian beer weekend .com It will be a media channel with more than semi-professional video’s live coverage and background information stories about the festival.
 
C)  An International Craft Beer Festival In Antwerp, BELGIUM
 I hereby Invite You all, Good Folks, to come to Antwerp to show, share or sell some (or loads) of YOUR beers. The International Craft Beers, the Real Ales, other local specialties (beer or cider) the beer related Crafts or products or people that want to share their Beer cult with us are welcome to Antwerp on this First Fest.
(Probably held in the beginning or middle of September after the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, so international TRAVELLERS can do them both in good Ten Days)
The Intention in those to festivals is to create REAL Fair Trade MARKETS on the “Great Market” place in Antwerp. To check out the Location, :
Google it yourself or or CLICK BEAUTY to check it OUT
So real outdoor or indoor Fair Trade MARKETs with a presence of all involved in the Brewing of BEER, from the Basic Ingredients (hops etc..), the home brewers , small and middle crafters. All Breweries, organizations, beer minded or beer practical SMB’s are welcome. Also the beer lovers, consumers and (inter)national beer bar/clubs are welcome to participate (Belgian on Belgian beer day WORLDWIDE and International at the International Craft Beer Festival).
(If all goes well I even would like to make this a Monthly or Two Monthly even weekly Market or event starting in March 2014 and ending end November -Thanksgiving)
(And then monthly work around theme’s, regions, Countries or seasonal beers.)
 
D) the Thanks 4 Giving Charity 2014
the same concept but bigger, so warmer and more international
AND THEN WE DO IT ALL AGAIN IN 2015 ,……..
I talked to several authorities here in Antwerp and they are very interested in my plans so I am bringing in my plan & dreams by JUNE 1th. All Your Ideas are needed and welcome on Vic@belgianbeerday.com
It would be fun to invite some of you here in my HOME town. 
So that is the News for now Please give us FEEDBACK and let us  know how you or your organization-bar –restaurant -club-family  can join in these Celebrations and gatherings of Beer Lovers Worldwide . 
IT Is GREAT TO HAVE a couple of cities joining us.
A lot of love & cheers
Vic &
@captaincheers          @belgianbeerday        www.belgianbeerweekend.com
you can stil visit the old site                                                                                                                 www.belgianbeerday.com
 Keep Informed monthly  Click here
 
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Loose thoughts and more dreams:
The city of Antwerp has a rich history on beer brewing and Craft beer, Situated on a 40 minute drive from Brussels, and an hour from Bruges and Ghent its perfect for visiting the art cities in Belgium. Knowing that it only takes two hours by train to Amsterdam and three to Paris You can already feel that you are in for a treat.
Several parties could be willing to cooperate on this project so I take my Dream very seriously and I hope & believe that with their logistic & financial support, in combination with the motivation & efforts from the Beer community, we even can find other companies to contribute to make these festivals a success.
Cheers & enjoy your life 
Belgian Vic
Victor Zaidi       viczaidi@hotmail.com        vic@belgianbeerday.com    http://about.me/victorzaidi
Vzw Captain Beerheart Foundation
Groenplaats 15
B-2000 Antwerp
Belgium
+32 492 198 303
The DREAM INCLUDES
A hop, malt, grain shop with variations & crossings as crazy as you can make them up.
An International Beer Bar that serves Crafts from all Over the Globe.
Me visiting all your festivals to hand you over the proper invitations.
Two or three Guest breweries on locations In Antwerp city, so crafters can come over and make their own Real Belgian Beer.
A Monthly gathering of Beer passionate people, sellers or buyers, brewers or boozers, sharing and comparing, Teaching and learning, I will drink to that , and hopefully with you , CHEERS
Interested in any way, comment or feedback: please Contact us us@belgianbeerday.com 
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Come on All, lets save ROCHEFORT #craft #Beer Brewery,Retweet & share everywhere, need 7024 signs,bring it personally goo.gl/oq6Luc

Come on All, lets save ROCHEFORT #craft #Beer Brewery,Retweet & share everywhere, need 7024 signs,bring it personally goo.gl/oq6Luc

SO ????? and WHATS Happening Now ?????

“I Just keep on dreaming” The captain said

Well first of ALL Thanks again, ALL of You, for your participation in Belgianbeerday #1.

(if you didn’t, try it out this year :THE Atmosphere & the BEER IS really  GOOD)
I love you ALL for it, from the Festivals, late night bars to the cozy back yards .Cheers!!!! This was not a perfect version(far from),YET ! But as you know I did or tried to do everything on my own and myself this year. For next year I am surrounding myself with good folks all motivated to work on this with me and all experts in their craft , also a bit of support from my Home-Town-crew and some extra means can only make it better. 
(& the site will become a meeting point of international people, their options and views

 

Still To come this year In 2013


In September you will be able to follow the oldest beer fest in Belgium Live on Belgian beer weekend .com It will be a media channel with semi-professional video’s live coverage and background information stories about the festival. With extra attention for the Nice Breweries and a huge survey on Craft beer in Belgium and an International Craft Beer Festival

In November I will try set up the Thanks 4 Giving Charity. During the T4GC weekend, people can bring their old and unused clothing to their local bar or restaurant, where it will be picked up and shared with local charity organization whose will bring & distribute it to the needing fellow man in your own town.

And THEN for IN 2014

The Captain Beerheart Foundation is Dreaming & Working hard on Organizing

  A)   The Belgian Beer day # 2 In April  2014 

I dream of a beer festival in Antwerp offering and creating a REAL Fair Trade Market place for beer People. Going from (very) small and other nice Belgian breweries to suppliers of basic products for brewing (ingredients –installations- services ) To show the whole craft to the public and to meet each other on the market .I would also like to work with Buddy -cities around the world. So, if you were a BB-Day participant last year and you think you can find some  people in your town to set something up, and to Toast with us in April LET ME KNOW so I can send an official invitation to your local community, organization or city leaders.

B) The Belgianbeerweekend Live (optional)

 In the First Weekend of September you will be able to follow the oldest beer fest in Belgium Live on Belgian beer weekend .com It will be a media channel with more than semi-professional video’s live coverage and background information stories about the festival.

 

C)  An International Craft Beer Festival In Antwerp, BELGIUM

 I hereby Invite You all, Good Folks, to come to Antwerp to show, share or sell some (or loads) of YOUR beers. The International Craft Beers, the Real Ales, other local specialties (beer or cider) the beer related Crafts or products or people that want to share their Beer cult with us are welcome to Antwerp on this First Fest.

(Probably held in the beginning or middle of September after the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, so international TRAVELLERS can do them both in good Ten Days)

The Intention in those to festivals is to create REAL Fair Trade MARKETS on the “Great Market” place in Antwerp. To check out the Location, :

Google it yourself or or CLICK BEAUTY to check it OUT

So real outdoor or indoor Fair Trade MARKETs with a presence of all involved in the Brewing of BEER, from the Basic Ingredients (hops etc..), the home brewers , small and middle crafters. All Breweries, organizations, beer minded or beer practical SMB’s are welcome. Also the beer lovers, consumers and (inter)national beer bar/clubs are welcome to participate (Belgian on Belgian beer day WORLDWIDE and International at the International Craft Beer Festival).

(If all goes well I even would like to make this a Monthly or Two Monthly even weekly Market or event starting in March 2014 and ending end November -Thanksgiving)

(And then monthly work around theme’s, regions, Countries or seasonal beers.)

 

D) the Thanks 4 Giving Charity 2014

the same concept but bigger, so warmer and more international

AND THEN WE DO IT ALL AGAIN IN 2015 ,……..

I talked to several authorities here in Antwerp and they are very interested in my plans so I am bringing in my plan & dreams by JUNE 1th. All Your Ideas are needed and welcome on Vic@belgianbeerday.com

It would be fun to invite some of you here in my HOME town. 
So that is the News for now Please give us FEEDBACK and let us  know how you or your organization-bar –restaurant -club-family  can join in these Celebrations and gatherings of Beer Lovers Worldwide . 

IT Is GREAT TO HAVE a couple of cities joining us.

A lot of love & cheers

Vic &
@captaincheers           @belgianbeerday                  www.belgianbeerday.com
www.belgianbeerweekend.com

 Keep Informed monthly  Click here

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Extra

Loose thoughts and more dreams:

The city of Antwerp has a rich history on beer brewing and Craft beer, Situated on a 40 minute drive from Brussels, and an hour from Bruges and Ghent its perfect for visiting the art cities in Belgium. Knowing that it only takes two hours by train to Amsterdam and three to Paris You can already feel that you are in for a treat.

Several parties could be willing to cooperate on this project so I take my Dream very seriously and I hope & believe that with their logistic & financial support, in combination with the motivation & efforts from the Beer community, we even can find other companies to contribute to make these festivals a success.

Cheers & enjoy your life 

Belgian Vic

Victor Zaidi       viczaidi@hotmail.com        vic@belgianbeerday.com    http://about.me/victorzaidi

Vzw Captain Beerheart Foundation
Groenplaats 15
B-2000 Antwerp
Belgium
+32 492 198 303

The DREAM INCLUDES

A hop, malt, grain shop with variations & crossings as crazy as you can make them up.

An International Beer Bar that serves Crafts from all Over the Globe.

Me visiting all your festivals to hand you over the proper invitations.

Two or three Guest breweries on locations In Antwerp city, so crafters can come over and make their own Real Belgian Beer.

A Monthly gathering of Beer passionate people, sellers or buyers, brewers or boozers, sharing and comparing, Teaching and learning, I will drink to that , and hopefully with you , CHEERS

Interested in any way, comment or feedback: please Contact us us@belgianbeerday.com 

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