The 3 things that I like about Belgium are;
1) The Music
It’s probably not what you expect from Belgium – but it made an impression on me as a young teenager – and obviously still has appeal today as it’s used in many adverts!
Other artists of note are;
Technotronic, Pump Up The Jam. A little more modern.
Jacques Brel, Dans le Port d’Amsterdam. a bit more mainstream. Or maybe…..
Praga Khan, Injected With A Poison, or perhaps a little jazz…
2) The Beer (and the glasses it comes in)
In a former life, I used to attend political meetings invariably held in rooms above pubs. A fellow comrade also came along but often refused to drink in the bar below afterwards as it wasn’t CAMRA approved. Oh how we laughed at his prescribed ways – and he back at us drinking our mass produced tasteless p**s water. When I eventually got to Belguim and sampled the outstanding array of fine beers on offer – I wanted to ring up this fore mentioned gentlemen and apologies to him.
Belgium does more beer than Scotland does whisky!
I was simply overwhelmed by the range on offer. A restaurant in Brugge I visited had a 2 page meal menu, and a 20 page beer menu! Where do you begin? On spotting a very strange glass being served to a fellow drinker – I thought I’d start there.
Wow! Kwak. A truly tasty dark beer with very strong flavours, a bit sweet, but lovely. The fact that all the beers are served in glasses unique to the brand only adds to the enjoyment. Kwak certainly has a glass to match it’s unusual taste!
Brugge also did a very fine – if not as strong brown beer in the oddly named Brugse Zot Brune – also served in an attractive glass.
3) The Whisky
What? Belgian Whisky?
The Belgian Owl Single Malt is a very fine – if slightly unusual whisky – or at least I haven’t had something like this before. It has a fruity nose as well as taste to it. Extremely enjoyable and easy to drink even at 46%. Jim Murray rates it highly and many awards have already been won. This is certainly an A whisky for me!
There are other brands available that I haven’t managed to get hold of yet.
There is more to Belgium than it’s beer!