Known for it’s important contributions to the culinary world, like chocolate, waffles and “French” fries, Belgium is also very well known for its beer which has been made in there since the Middle Ages. With over 1000 varieties, popular styles include Dubbel, Tripel, Lambic, Blonde, Flemish Red and Pale Lager. This is the place to come if you like beer, love beer, or are a “Beer Hunter.” You’ll meet people from all over the world on their beergrimage (beer pilgrimage) and the locals are friendly and welcoming. What do you expect from a city where, when their water supply was polluted in the 1800s, decided that the best way to get clean liquids was to drink beer?!
Where We Went
- Delirium Cafe — This beer drinker’s paradise features over 2,006 different kinds of beer. Try a shot of the Brussel Sprout flavored booze or the Flamme de Biere, a mix of Apple Schnapps and Apple flavored beer. If you want to stick to a traditional Belgian beer, try Chimay. And if you’re feeling fruity, ask for the Floris chocolate or strawberry beer. Just watch out for Beer Hunters!
- A La Morte Subite — Go and play 4-21 and buy a beer for Bart-The-Bartender. He claims to drink 20 beers a day while working.
- Chez Leon — Stop in for their Mussels and Fries, the National dish of Belgium. While you’re there try one of their specially made brews. A great combo.
- Orval Monastery – Meaning “Golden Valley” Oval is one of only 6 trapist breweries in the world. They produce roughly 14 million bottles a year and the proceeds go towards local charities.
- Le Chocolatier Manon – A trip to Belgium is not complete without having some true Belgian chocolate. And rumor has it that it’ll help your hangover.
- There are three official languages in Belgium – Dutch, French and German.
- French Fries were invented in Belgium and not France.
- Beer should be stored in a dark, cool place.
- Kriek is a type of beer that is made with real fruit.
- Until recently you could only get a glass of Faro Mort Subite (one of Brussels’ oldest beers) at A La Mort Subite.
- With over 2,006 beers to choose from, Delirium Cafe holds a world record for most beers in one bar.
- Three toasts are common in Belgium: Cheers, Sante (French), and Gezundheit (Dutch).
- There are over 200 fruit flavored beers in Belguim.
Three Sheets Trivia
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- How many mussels does Chez Leon cook everyday
- What keeps the 421 game warm in the A La Morte Subite
- What does the bartender at Mort Subite like to do after work
- The first monks came to the Orval Monestary at the end of what century?
- The “good burp” gesture originated from what country?
Recap from Zane Lamprey
“I went back to Morte Subite in Belgium, to say “Hi” to Bart-the-Bartender, about a year after we shot there for “Three Sheets”. We were in town shooting “Have Fork” for the Food Network. When I walked in, Bart looked up and said “Shane, is that you?!”. He remembered me.I asked him if anyone had come in from watching show. “Are you kidding me?” he said. I thought the prospects were grim. “About four to five groups of people every day,” he proclaimed. Just as he said that, a guy came up to me and yelled back to his buddies, “It is him!”. One guy handed me his phone– “Talk to my wife!”. Reluctantly, I spent about five minutes convincing the woman that I was me.After that scene at Delirium, I discovered that I was drunk. I sipped about 20 beers and lost track. I learned that lesson with the next day’s hangover. Ouch… Oh, and yes, Logan the Beer Hunter was nuts. Nice guy. but nuts.”
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