or Gent or Gand. Confusing for a city to have three different spellings. But now matter how you spell it, it was picked as the best beer city in Belgium by Tim Webb in his latest "Good Beer Guide to Belgium." If I wasn't so fond of the Kulminator, it might become my hub city for Belgium. It was Sunday, so a few places weren't open and they are a late starting bunch in Ghent -- most pubs don't open until 3:00 or 4:00pm. First stop was the Waterhuis aan de Bierkant (or just the Bierhuis for short).
Waterhuis ann de Bierkant
The gang waiting for our first beer
Round 1. We mostly had one of the 3 house beers.
One of the two giant bowls of frites that came with our Gentse Stoverij (beef stew)
Some wanted to sight see, so Tom and I went to the next place, Dulle Greive on the Frijdagmarkt (Friday Market Square)
St Bernardus Prior (8) and The Dulle Greive Blond (house beer)
The Dulle Greive Blond, Dulle Teve and aged (1 year) Orval.
After we got tired of waiting for the other group, we went on to Aba Jour and had a Moinette Blonde (brewed by DuPont)
We finally got a call from the Lost Boys -- they had gotten lost but found a pub, the Trollekelder (Troll Cave) so we met them there.
The gang at the Trollekelder
I'll leave you with some pictures of Ghent. It is a very pretty city and there is much to do for both the beer drinker and non-beer drinker. So go check it out next time you are in Belgium.
On Thursday we left Düsseldorf (and Germany) and headed for Belgium. We had a problem in Dordrecht where the train to Antwerp was late and then changed tracks without an announcement, so we got in a bit later than expected.
The gang waiting on the platform in Düsseldorf
Ian, Tim and Drew kicking back on the train
Antwerpen Central train station. The prettiest in Europe (that I've seen)
The Kulminator -- the center of the beer universe for many beer geeks.
Drew and Ian enjoying their first beer.
Our blind Triple tasting
The results. I am sad to say we didn't do very well. Triple Moine was the favorite
Eight years of Chimay waiting for us (1994 - 2008)
All lined up and ready to drink.
The just released Rodenbach Vintage 2007. Yummy.
Obligatory non beer picture -- statue of a dead guy
Train station from the outside (at a distance)
Ian continues his fascination with giant plastic farm animals