It rained for the Belgian Festival

And it wouldn’t be a true Belgian Festival if it hadn’t. In a country where it can rain on one side of the street and sunny on the other, there’s no wonder the country is known for beer, waffles, fries, mussels, and chocolate.

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When we finally got into the Altman Building for early entry, me and my trusty photographer sidekick Raki were greeted and given a large booklet listing all the beer and food vendors.  Raki scanned the document with intense focus reading line by line to mark her most desired beers.

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There were volunteers on each side of this wall, pouring over 100 beers.

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Some notes on some of our favorite beers (note:  that I hadn’t had before):

Barber Belgian1 – Belgian pale ale. Cloudy color. Tasty and hoppy

Ommegang Gnomegang — perfect balance of sweetness malt and alcohol.

Barrier Mare Undarum — bpa. Nose is really hoppy. Taste is creamy and hoppy but not top hoppy.  Very enjoyable.

De struise brouwers oublack — Nice balance of dark chocolate, malts, and sweetness.  Not airy like Guiness nor heavy like German schwarzbier, but somewhere in between.

Brouwerij contreras valeir donker – toffee and malty with a slight sweetness.

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Overall, I had a great time drinking, snacking, and chatting up with the reps from Ommegang/Duvel, Brooklyn Brewery, and Victory.  It’s reassuring to know that they make good beer and employ passionate and nice people.

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About David Chaitt

my name is dave. i write about music, culture, technology, and food.
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