It just so happened that the same weekend we planned a baby shower for my sister-in-law, there was a Belgian Beer Festival going on at Ashley's -- a favorite hangout of my brother's. He was able to participate in the festivities all week, but Tom and I were at least able to join in for part of the weekend. They had numerous events and special menus -- beyond the seemingly never ending list of Belgian Beers on tap. It was really quite an impressive production.
With dinner, Tom ordered the Tripel Karmeleit by Brouwerij Bosteels. I also learned something interesting with this order. It came in a special glass that had the name of the beer logo'd on it. Ashley's had to get special permission to allow use of these glasses, because Michigan law actually prohibits the use of alcohol logos on a glass (or on store windows, etc.). Conversely, there was a time in Belgium where it was actually required to use a glass that bears the logo of the beer.
The next morning we did the Belgian Waffle Breakfast -- decent waffles, but nothing too exciting. Tom tried the Special Extra Export Stout by Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers. He gave it 3.5 stars -- it's bottle conditioned with lots of carbonation for a stout and is much lighter bodied than an American stout.
Later that day, we participated in the Trappist Experience, which was a really cool event. We learned all about Trappist breweries and got to sample three different beers. In order to be considered a "Trappist" beer, it must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, all of the equipment must be completely owned by monks, it must be brewed by the monks or the monks must supervise, and the proceeds must be used for charity. Only 10 (? we saw a couple different numbers, but I think that's correct) breweries in the world are considered "Trappist" -- and 6 of them are in Belgium.
|"The Trappist Experience" - great informational event by John Staunton who|
works directly with the monks to import Trappist beer.
- Orval by Brasserie d'Orval
- Trappistes Rochefort 6 (they produce a 6, 8 and 10 -- which refer to the tax level of the beer, as determined by the gravity level)
- Westmalle Trappist Dubbel
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!