There's a certain fascination to Belgian beers. Why are they considered the best in the world? Could it be the scenery or maybe the traditions that go back centuries? It's hard to say. But one thing is certain, it's always a fun trip. The first day is never easy. The plane takes off from Newark, NJ about 6:30, and we arrive about 7:30 am in Brussels. Does anyone sleep well on a plane? Please tell me your secret!
The trip would not be complete without a breakfast beer on the bus.Thanks to Ale Street News for starting us off with a fabulous brew, Duvel 2010 Tripel Hop. What a breakfast beer! You'll be hearing more about Duvel from me later.
We drove a little over an hour to Brasserie Du Boqc in Purnode. This is the first time I have seen any of the scenic hilly country of Belgium, southeast of Liege. Our first beer was the Gauloise Amber which is not exported. In addition to the Gauloise beers, Du Bocq brews the Corsendonk beers, several local brands and a new beer Tempelier which I suspect was designed to compete with the favorite beer in the land, Duvel. Who could not enjoy a beer in a place a scenic as this?
Next stop: Rochefort! Stay tuned.....