I think about Belgium
Belgium is a country I’ve been interested in (well, “fascinated by” may be a more accurate phrase) since I first started drinking beer and realizing that the beers I liked most came from this small European country. When I had the chance to travel to Europe on vacation, Belgium unquestionably became my first destination. My friends, a native Belgian and his American fiancé, were a bit concerned that I would be disappointed once I got there. They were afraid that I’d built up the country in my head because of my love of their beers. Well, from the day I landed to the day I left, I loved every moment of my time in Belgium. That feeling became even stronger after visiting Paris for 3 days. While I loved Paris and can’t wait to visit it again, getting off the train from Paris and sitting down to a Duvel at a sidewalk cafe somehow felt like coming home.
Everywhere I went, the people were kind and gracious and happy that I chose their small country as my vacation spot. I plan to make Belgium a regular spot to visit so that I can continue learning about this wonderful country and its fantastic beers. To put it simply, I fell in love with Belgium.
Belgian Beer Reviews
Belgium – This is my list of reviews of Belgian Beers. They are organized alphabetically by brewery name. I’ve chosen to use the name they’re most commonly known under, for example: Instead of Brouwerij Boon, I just listed them as “Boon” or instead of “Brasserie de Brunehaut,” I listed them as “Brunehaut.”
Belgian Beer Label Iconography
Belgian beer labels are littered with a litany of badges and logos that represent a whole host of associations and history. Learn what they mean in this two part series.
Belgium 101 – Six-Pack Style
Are you looking for some beer suggestions so you can learn about the varied beers of Belgium? Here’s a mixed 6-pack I assembled that will work as a great way to taste your way around Belgium. It manages to cover a pretty wide swath of Belgium and its beers. Read my post “The Six-Pack Project: Belgium 101;” go out and buy the beers; and organize a tasting with friends to begin your journey down to the fabulous world of Belgian Beers.
My Belgian Beer Vacation 2012
Please check back to this page regularly as I add more posts about my trip to Belgium. You can expect to see posts about my stay in Antwerp; my visits to Bruxelles, Brugge, and Ghent; my brewery trips to Rodenbach, Boon and Chimay; and more!
Brussels Calling: Half a Day Wasn’t Nearly Enough – A half-day tour of Brussels and its drinking establishments
Gent (Ghent) – The Stairmaster of Belgium – A day touring Ghent
The Boons of Lembeek: A Tour of Brouwerij Boon with Frank and Karel Boon – My tour of Boon Brewery
Roeselare: A Short Walking Tour – Lunch and a Stroll Through Rodenbach’s Home City
The Foeders of Roeselare: A Day with the Wooden Behemoths of Rodenbach – My tour of Rodenbach Brewery
Brasserie de Brunehaut: A Day with Marc-Antoine De Mees – My trip to Brunehaut Brewery and Tournai
Belgium! Here I Come! – My itinerary
How to Build a Beer Travel Case – Instructions on how to create a safe, airline legal, beer suitcase
Resources – If you’re looking for other great resources, besides my website, I’ll be compiling a list of my favorite sites about Belgium and Belgian Beer. Please check back regularly as I update it.