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|