Our first Benelux venture; Belgium is a country deep in most beer drinkers hearts, each of us having a favourite beer/style and a favourite place/bar. Everyone knows about Belgian beer (or they think they do), Trappists, Quads, Lambic, Stella, Hoegaarden and Duvel to name but a few.
What else has Belgium got then? Well, it has a 35 mile long coastline with a modern tram system that follows it from top to bottom (very handy for a tram pub crawl). War graves that make you stop and think, hills that make you out of breath and a few famous people like Tin Tin, Captain Haddock and Poirot.
OK, there are some proper well known Belgians, Eddy Merckx and Adolphe Sax being two I can think of at the moment.
The country is of course awash with beer (both excellent and ‘iffy’), it also boasts some of the best beer bars in the world.
RateBeer has 11 Belgian Provinces for you to ‘tick’ from, each with a huge selection of beers and breweries to find without too much stress.
828 Belgian breweries according to our data base, with a further 55 closed. The top four brewery raters are:
Actual beers rated is equally impressive:
Sadly we have lost a lot of our Belgian friends on RateBeer, but there are still a few around. If you want to join the totals leader board of any Province you’ll need to drink heavily and to reach the overall Belgian top 50 you’ll need 1285. Only two Brits in the top 50, well done @harrisoni and @madmitch76.
I am looking forward to this weeks replies, hoping for some good stories and interesting stats, etc, etc.