Beer #10 Trippel van de Garre/ Brouwerij van Steenberge, Ertvelde, Belgium
Looks like New Year's Eve plans are falling into place. Can't share them, don't want you people stealing my ideas.
Getting down to business - today's choice is the Trippel van de Garre, a trippel that masterfully combines a yeast & fruit taste, comes in an awesome glass, and packs a 10.5% ABV. Oh, and it is DELICIOUS. Could make my top 25 beer list when all is said & done. Not easy to find either - this is only served at a few bars in the world (Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA and Churchkey in DC, to name two in the US). So elusive, I can't find any mention of it on the brewery's website, as they only brew it for a select bar, who has only recently decided to export it to America. Or so the internet tells me. Next level maneuver: order this at Teresa's and you get a little cup of cheese cubes, which is apparently how they serve it at de Garre, the bar this beer originates from in Bruges, Belgium. Keeping it real!
Other great van Steenberge beers include Piraat and Gulden Draak. But only one beer per brewery, folks.
Thing to Think about Today:
As I write this, Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby comes on the iPod. Great song, but can't hear it without immediately thinking of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Sure, we just shared some 80's comedy clips, but there's no law that says I can't share another. Headphones on if you're reading at work for some classic Clark Griswold. That's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!