That time I met Frank Boon at Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

One of the best parts of the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is meeting so many great brewers and industry folks. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting industry bigwigs like Garrett Oliver, Ken & Brian Grossman, Randy Mosher, Mitch Steele and Jim Koch at the conference. But none of those guys got me as excited … Read more

Belgian Dubbel

Our last post was about Tripel, one of Belgium’s best known beers. Dubbel is another one.  Like Tripels, Dubbel have their lineage in ancient monastic brewing traditions. Westmalle’s version dates back to the mid-1800s, about five years before the US Civil War, but the inspiration goes back to the Middle Ages. While several Dubbels are … Read more

Belgian Tripel

The Tripel is one of Belgium’s best known beers. The roots of the style are in old monastic brewing traditions, but the style was first commercially sold as a “Tripel” by the Monks at Westmalle in 1956. Here’s an important note… Tripel is not necessarily Trappist. Trappist Ales are brewed by Trappist monks in Monasteries … Read more

Whether Wit, Witbier or Biere Blanche… it’s all good

People often ask about my favorite beer, and I’ve found I can’t answer that easily. It depends on the season, what I’m doing and what I’m eating. But there are several styles that I’m particularly fond. Belgian Wit is top-five. When I’m in the mood for a refreshing, easy drinking beer, I grab a Wit. … Read more