Meet the Ambassador

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The Board has the great privilege to invite you to this very special event:




Meet H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United States of America

Tuesday, July 9, 2019  7pm - 10pm

At New Belgium’s Magnolia Brewery Co., San Francisco




On September 16, 2016, Dirk Wouters became officially the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United States of America.  Now, we will have the great honor to meet him right here in San Francisco. And what better place for this meeting than a local brewery that was just purchased by New Belgium Brewery with a world well known Brewing Director!


Join us to welcome our Ambassador at

Magnolia Brewery Co.

2505 Third Street at 22nd Street, Dogpatch neighborhood

San Francisco, CA 94107


In addition to meeting the Ambassador, we will be enjoying what this venue is known for with a selection of 6 types of beers made on site while dining with Magnolia’s favored roasted chicken.



Dinner with the Selection of Beer cost: $65 per person for BCNC members.  For non-members, please add $15 per person.  All other beverages are no-host. Online reservation at

RSVP by July 3rd, 2019.  All reservations to be made and paid by that date.

For questions, contact Pierre Smit at or 415-939-2410.


Become a Member:

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Registration and Payment:

Please go to our website and select “Meet the Ambassador” under “Events”.  Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal.  You can also mail your check to:

Pierre Smit, 140 Greenwood Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.


Deadline to register:  RSVP by July 3rd.


Sponsorship Needed:

Everyone loves a dessert.  If you wish to sponsor the dessert for this very special event, please contact Pierre at  We will acknowledge your sponsorship during the evening.



Respectful to Belgium top Ambassador while relaxed for being in a’ll be the judge!



About H.E. Dirk Wouters:

Ambassador Wouters represents His Majesty The King of the Belgians and Belgium’s federal government in the United States and in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He works closely with the European Union Delegation and the local representations of Belgium’s community and regional governments.


Americans and Belgians will always stand together for freedom, for dignity and the triumph of the human spirit. (…) As a founding member and host country of NATO, Belgium will remain a reliable partner for peace and stability”, said Ambassador Wouters. “Our bilateral trade and investment relations (…) continue to expand. [The United States are] Belgium’s first export destination outside the EU and our first source of foreign direct investments. (…) The Belgian commitment to deep bilateral trade relations is also reflected by the large investments Belgian companies make in the US: [they] have expanded more than 50% over the last few years and topped a record 43 billion USD last year [2015].”


Ambassador Wouters’ diplomatic career spans four decades and has included both multilateral and bilateral assignments, primarily focused on European affairs. Prior to his appointment in Washington DC, Ambassador Wouters served as Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union (2011- 2016). Before that, as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Wouters was one of the main architects of the successful Belgian EU-Presidency and key foreign policy decisions on Afghanistan and Libya. From 2009 to 2011, Ambassador Wouters was diplomatic advisor and Sherpa in the office of Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy. He also ran his campaign to become the first President of the European Council.

Earlier in his career, Ambassador Wouters was Permanent Representative of Belgium to the Political and Security Committee of the EU (2003-2009), at the time when the common foreign and security policy was framed under the leadership of J. Solana. He was also directly involved in several negotiations on the revision of the European Treaties (Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice, and Lisbon) and assisted Jean Luc Dehaene as Vice President of the Convention on the future of the European Union in 2000 – 2002.


Ambassador Wouters is no stranger to the United States, having lived in New York while Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations (1995-2000). While at the UN, he was involved in the establishment of the International Criminal Court.  


Ambassador Wouters has a background in Law and Economics and obtained degrees from the University of Antwerp, the University of Louvain, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Institute of Higher Studies in Geneva. He has been invited to lecture at the Catholic University of Leuven, the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve, the University of Brussels and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP).


Ambassador Wouters speaks fluent English, Dutch, French, Italian and German.

About Magnolia Brewing Co.:

Magnolia Dogpatch is an independent brewery, full-service restaurant, beer garden, and event space where guests can enjoy a diverse selection of craft beer and modern American fare inspired by San Francisco’s rich culinary heritage.  For over 20 years, Magnolia Brewing has been a part of San Francisco’s burgeoning beer scene, producing beloved and award-winning ales.


This San Francisco beer pioneer got a fresh new start in 2017 with a major revamp of its large brewing facility and restaurant.  The new owners Dick Cantwell, New Belgium Brewing and its co-founder Kim Jordan reintroduced Magnolia to the Dogpatch neighborhood.  Dick Cantwell, founder of Elysian Brewing, a Seattle craft brewer acquired by AB InBev in 2015, is Magnolia’s new brewing director.  Dick is among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers.  In 2004, he received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing.  


He has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen (Brewers Publications, 1998), The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition (Brewers Publications, 2013), and Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide (Brewers Publications, 2016) with Peter Bouckaert.



Street parking is OK in the evening; go one block East to Illinois Street, or on 23rd Street.


July 9th, 2019 7:00 PM   through   10:00 PM
Magnolia Brewing Company
2505 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States
Member $ 65.00
Non-Member $ 80.00
Event Info
Date Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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