We found Frederik Broeckhoven, in Athens last April when we had the opportunity to have a conversation with him, after the Greek Stella Artois Draught Master final. Being in touch since then, Nicola asked him for a short interview, in order to share with us some of his thoughts. Read below what he told Nicola.
Frederik Broeckhoven: Well; yes I love Greece and would really love to live here but maybe Greek summer will be too hot for me. I really love the Aegean Sea, the beach and the sun and I am crazy about keftedakia (meat balls). During my visits to Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete, while working for Stella Artois I made some Greek friends Stavros Lamprinidis for instance the first Greek Draught Master, he became a good friend. I even had some Greek friends over at my place 2 weeks ago.
FB: I do like Greek bartenders because they are proud and good at what they do whether it is barista, mixology, flair bartending or draughting Stella Artois or any another beer on tap.
FB: I started working as a bartender for AB-INBEV 14 years ago through agencies. I got introduced to a senior special events officer, who taught me everything I know about the old school-style at the bar. Stella Artois has been a passion of mine for a long time. I have been working in Cannes for Stella Artois at the film festival since 2002. In 2010 I met Aris Katsiroubas from Amvyx who came to Belgium at the Brewery, where I was asked to come to Athens for the first Greek draught masters. I have been working the Belgian Draught Masters since 2004 or 2005 I think
FB: The level of the competition is going up every time year after year and that is good. This year Gus Dritsas won the competition because he was so consistent round after round and he always executed the 9 – step pouring ritual to perfection!!!
FB: I think I already had Mythos but when I was in Greece I had Hoegaarden with a small shot of vodka or a mix drink by a bartender.
FB: My advice; improve your English because it is important when you make it to the World Draught Masters, for the rest be yourself and enjoy the experience.
Frederik Broeckhoven, was born in Bonheiden (Belgium) in 16 August 1977. Today he lives in Mechelen. He is Stella Artois Global Ambassador for a few years now. He enjoys traveling and that’s the reason why he created a page in Facebook, Fré D’Azur, with pictures of all the amazing trips and the people he meets during the Stella Artois events the past 14 years. He says that his hobby’s is Stella Artois. Although that, he loves music festivals, travelling, meeting people from all over the world and learning new languages. He also keeps himself busy by doing some exercise and he has a black belt in Kenpo-karate.
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