bestofbelgium

There is no doubt that Belgium offers some of the best beers from the world. And more often than not they’re pricy which keeps the average person from going out and picking up a case. So finally, there is an awesome Belgian variety pack out on the market that offers a sampling of a few select Belgians which is perfect for filling the fridge or offering a friend as a holiday gift. The Best of Belgium sampler features some of your most popular Belgian beers: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde.

While the “pilsner” beer style did not originate in Belgium, local brewers produce some of the world’s finest pilsner-style lagers. With a brewing heritage dating back to 1366, Stella Artois is the best-selling Belgian beer in the world. First brewed by the Artois brewery as a Christmas beer, it was named Stella (“star” in Latin) because of its exceptional clarity. Today, the brewers of Stella Artois, working less than 100 yards from the original brewery site, use malt from barley grown in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Australia. A blend of European hops is used with noticeable influence of the famous Bohemian “Saaz” hop aroma in the finish. The result is a full-flavored beer with golden clarity.

Hoegaarden is Belgium’s original white beer, and truly representative of Belgium’s unique style of wheat beer, called “witbier” in Flemish, “biere blanche” in French and simply “white beer” in English, so named because of its distinctive white head and cloudy appearance. It traces its roots back to 1445 to a small Belgian village called Hoegaarden. Using a centuries-old brewing process, Hoegaarden remains unfiltered, allowing the savory sediment to be retained in the beer. Incorporating the traditional ingredients of coriander and Curacao orange peel, Hoegaarden contains a hint of citrus and spice.

The beer style known as “abbey” ale originated in Belgium and is almost exclusively brewed there. Leffe Blonde was Belgium’s first abbey ale. The history of Leffe Blonde dates back to 1240, when the monks of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de Leffe, in the Belgian province of Namur, first brewed ale. Leffe is brewed today according to the same standards exacted by the monks. Selected aromatic malts give the beer its deep golden color, distinct clove-like aroma and unique flavor.

The Best of Belgian Sampler offers 12 bottles of Stella Artois, 6 bottles of Hoegaarden, and 6 bottles of Leffe Blonde for an awesomely low price right around $30 (varies by location).

Find this sampler at one of these following great beer retailers:

BARBONE BEVERAGE 2014 OLD ARCH ROAD NORRISTOWN 19401
BEER STOP 793 BETHLEHEM PIKE COLMAR 18915
BEST BEVERAGE 434  YORK ROAD WILLOW GROVE 19090
EPPS BEVERAGE 80 W RIDGE PIKE ROYERSFORD 19468
FAMILY BEVERAGE 1200 WELSH ROAD NORTH WALES 19454
HARLEYSVILLE BEV INC 337 MAIN ST HARLEYSVILLE 19438
MAC’S NEIGHBORHOOD BEV 511 LIMEKILN PIKE MAPLE GLEN 19002
TNK BEVERAGE OUTLET 832 N. BETHLEHEM PK. SPRINGHOUSE 19477
TOWAMENCIN BEVERAGE 1550 SUMNEYTOWN PIKE KULPSVILLE 19443
TRAPPE BEER & SODA 333 W. MAIN ST. TRAPPE 19426
BEERGUYS BEVERAGE 1305 WEST CHESTER PIKE HAVERTOWN 19083
BRYN MAWR BEVERAGE 194 LANDOVER AVE. BRYN MAWR 19010
FULTON BIG DOG BEV CO 400 CONCHESTER HWY BOOTHWYN 19061
GOFF’S SUDS AND SODA 560 OAK AVE CLIFTON HEIGHTS 19018
HAVERTOWN BEVERAGE 2208 DARBY ROAD HAVERTOWN 19083
ZEN BEER AND SODA 823 SPROUL ROAD SPRINGFIELD 19064
BEER A RAMA INC 200 LEVITTOWN PKWY LEVITTOWN 19056
RUGERS 4369 NEW FALLS ROAD LEVITTOWN 19056
SOUTHAMPTON BEVERAGE 453 SECOND STREET PK SOUTHAMPTON 18966
SUPER VALUE 625 MEARNS ROAD WARMINSTER 18974
C.R. RADER CO. 191 COUNTY LINE ROAD BOYERTOWN 19512
KUTZTOWN BOTTLING WORKS 78-80 S. WHITEOAK ST KUTZTOWN 19530
WEST LAWN BEVERAGE CO. 2320 PENN AVE. WEST LAWN 19609