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Around Brussels in 80 Beers

Beer we go with a great book about bars and brews in Brussels

You’re in Belgium, the beer capital of the world. And the capital of that capital is Brussels. You want to try some great beers, so where do you start? With Around Brussels in 80 Beers, that’s where.

Penned by journalist Joe Stange and brewer Yvan De Baets, now of Brasserie de la Senne, this book is so useful and knowledgable we wished we’d written it.

Quite frankly, from a beer perspective, there’s not much point doing a whistle-stop-tour in this country, but this is a whet-your-whistle tour instead. So, with the aid of this worthy tome, take your time exploring some 80 bars that combine various atmospheres, great food (in some cases) and excellent craft beers.

Joe says he’s hoping to update the guide in the summer of this year (for example, the ‘new’ Moeder Lambic bar in Fontainas is not included) but, in the original edition, you’ll still find many bars and breweries you may have visited, plenty you’ve heard of but not got around to entering yet and some complete surprises.

Like good food and great ale, it’s easy to digest and, at €12.95, a steal. Pick it up at Sterling Books or by mail order (with no added shipping cost) at www.booksaboutbeer.com

As Joe and Yvan put it: ‘There is an up-and-coming generation of young proprietors rejecting the same-old corporate stuff and giving place of honour to craft beers on their menus and chalkboards.

“That is the subplot that runs throughout (the book). If this gives those heroes an extra little boost then we have done our job.”

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