Belgium, beer and besties!!

Do you like beer?


Let me tell you that beer is the third-most popular drink, after water and tea. It is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and it is known to be one of the oldest brewed beverage. In European countries drinking beer is cheaper than water.

Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the fermentation of starch, derived from malted grain, wheat and barley. Its strength is usually around 4- 6% alcohol by volume though it may also vary between 0.5% (de-alcoholised) and 20%.

Belgium is a European country where beer is a culture and more than just a frothy beverage. They have more than 500 varieties of beer and most of the Belgian beers have personalized beer glasses in which only that particular beer can be served. The shape of each glass enhances the flavour of the beer for which it is designed.

The country has enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for specialty beers since the Middle Ages and Belgians take their beer seriously. Connoisseurs favour Belgian beers for their variety, real flavour and character. A trip to Belgium is incomplete without having beer and world famous Belgian chocolates.

A perfect example of the love for beer by Belgians is  Delirium Cafe, known for its long beer list and recorded in ‘The Guinness book of Records’ in January 2004. It’s a bar in Brussels, Belgium which serves more than 4000 varieties of beer including Belgian beer and beers imported from over 60 countries.

This place is always buzzing with people and bit too crowded at times but they do have a quieter venue on the 3rd floor, where you can sit with a group of friends and have an endless conversation while enjoying different varieties of beer.

There’s no point feeling sad if you are unable to go to Belgium to enjoy the varieties of beer. I have a list of quality Belgian beers for our readers which they can enjoy in India as well. The following is a list of Belgian beers available in our country-

  1. Hoegardeen beer– This beer comes from the Belgian town of Hoegardeen. It’s a creamy wheat beer with a distinct flavour of orange peel, coriander and spice.
  2. Stella Artois Premium Lager– This sixth century-old beer is the best-selling Belgian beer in the world. This is a pale lager style of beer with 5.2% alcohol content. I personally love this beer and would recommend others to give it a try.
  3. Leffe blond– This is Belgian Pale ale with an alcohol content of 6.60%. This light beer is very smooth and fruity with an aftertaste of bitter oranges.
  4. Kapittel Watou Pater– This is a Belgian Dark Ale with 6% alcohol content and brewed by Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V, Belgium.
  5. Feuillien– This pale beer from Brassiere, Belgium has been flooding the Indian market off late.

    This weekend I went to “The Great Booze Story” located in Minto park area, Kolkata.

    I went there along with my best buddies and enjoyed “Draught beer”, Stella Artois beer and some snacks. This place has nice ambience, young crowd and more importantly, Belgian beers.

    With the advent of spring season, let’s enjoy with a bunch of besties and a bottle of chilled Belgian beer- what could be better than that?

    Happy gulping!!