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The joys of Belgian beer, especially Abbey ales

July 16, 2008

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Reading the news feeds this morning Adam notes that InBev appears to have secured the agreement of the Anheuser-Busch board to the takeover offer. This may mean that Budweiser will no longer, to some at least, at some time in the future be synonymous with making love in a canoe.

Abbey Ale - Beer Labels

Abbey Ale - Beer Labels

Later this morning Adam was browsing the Atlantic site and came across this 1998 article, Belgian and Bubbly, which he thought might be of interest to those who read this blog and appreciate beer. It is a piece which sings the praises of Belgian beers, abbey ales in particular.

The item begins:-

Beer and pubs play a role in Belgium very much like that played by espresso and caffes in Italy, so it’s no wonder that on a recent trip I went from pub to pub, sampling the brews on offer. Men and women from all walks of life meet at all times of day in Brussels pubs—well-lighted, if smoky, places where you can strike up a conversation with the people at your communal table, and sit for as long as you like; the drinking speed seems to be one and a half beers an hour. Beer taps are maintained with the loving care given espresso machines in Italy. Belgium, especially Brussels, is famous for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and the styles are by turns sinuously and angularly apparent in chromed spigots.

Abbey Ales - Beer Labels (2)

Abbey Ales - Beer Labels (2)

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2 Comments
  1. Seamonkey Madness permalink
    July 19, 2008 12:58 am

    Adam,

    You know doubt realise that next Monday (21st) is Belgium’s National Day. The Malthouse in Wellington is putting out all its Chimays to celebrate.

    Yum.

    P.S: I proposed to my wife in Belgium, so it (and it’s beers) hold special meaning.

  2. July 16, 2008 1:17 pm

    Stop it Adam! You’re making me thirst!!

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