Belgian beer is famous the world over, and for good reason. This compact country of 11 million people produces over 1600 different types of beers, from world-renown varieties to obscure craft brews. UNESCO in 2016 added Belgian beer culture to its “List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” recognizing the beverage’s rich history and its importance to Belgian life and culture. Belgium can even claim to St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewers, who was born in Flanders and whose attributed miracles include curing plague victims with a specially-blessed batch of local beer. That’s right, folks- Belgian beer is quite simply miraculous.
For those of us committed to… ahem, cultural research… it’s hard to know where to start. There are Trappist beers and abbey beers, lambics and guezes, tripels and saisons, and a whole host of others. Each individual brew has its own special glass, origin story, serving conditions and recommended food pairings. While a fully comprehensive introduction is the stuff of which university courses are made, the AWCB can at least help you get going.
On February 24, we welcome back Dr. Murray Frick for the 9th annual AWCB Belgian Beer and History Night. Dr. Frick will present a multimedia talk on the history and varieties of beer in Belgium, as well as the reasons behind their different serving glass shapes. He’ll then be on hand as we work our way through an independent tasting of approximately 8 different brews. As the lineup changes from year to year, even returning “alumni” can expect to find something new. And- wait for it- all participants will receive their very own beer glass to take home.
All adults are welcome, so grab some friends and register to attend! All in the name of research, of course.