Recently, I spent some time traveling around Belgium with several other beers writers, visiting with members of the Belgian Family Brewers — a group dedicated to promoting historic, independent family owned breweries.
It was an amazing trip, with brewery tours, tastings and time spent with brewers who go back generations and represent the breadth of Belgian styles, from farmhouse and abbey ales to pilsners and spontaneously fermented sour beers.
But beyond their passion for beer, it was evident that brewing is woven into the fabric of their lives, and represents a cultural identity that goes much deeper than merely a craft or a business.
I toast the Belgian Brewers for the beer that is such a big part of their country. And it just so happens that people all over America are toasting them today, too.
Sponsored by Vanberg & DeWulf, the first company dedicated to importing Belgian beers to the United States, the Coast to Coast Toast 3 is happening today at specialty beer-centric bars, restaurants, and stores across the country.
Here in Atlanta, that includes metro Whole Foods stores and the Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points.
You can find out more about the toast here: belgianexperts.com/c2ct/.
And more about the Belgian Family Brewers here: belgianfamilybrewers.be/.
Are you fan of Belgian beer? What are your favorites?
— By Bob Townsend, for the AJC Food and More blog.