October is the perfect month to talk beer. What better way to enjoy this beverage than at Oktoberfest which is held in Lake Arrowhead every weekend through October 30. NBC Los Angeles recommends a stop in Lake Arrowhead for the event in its “WORTH THE DRIVE” segment.
What other product inspires festivals? For example, a lot of thirsty people are expected at the First Annual Brewfest being held October 16 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. This town really likes its beer! Many of these festivals offer both domestic and international beers. One of the most popular countries for good beer is Belgium.
With approximately 8,700 distinct beers, Belgium produces a massive amount of beer considering the country’s small size. Belgians drink approximately 93 liters of beer a year. No wonder there are so many breweries!
Belgian breweries produced a wide variety of beers including:
- Trappist beers are those that are brewed in Trappist monasteries. Six monasteries in Belgium produce true Trappist beers, a requirement for the designation is that all profit must go building the monastery or supporting good causes.
- Dubbel (double) are beers with a potent alcohol content and dark brown color that was developed at monasteries in the 19th Century.
- Lambic is a very unique beer that is not exclusively brewed in Belgium. It is only brewed in the country’s Pajottenland. One brewery is in Belgium. The history of this brew goes back 500 years, and has remained mainly unchanged over that time. An interesting part of the brewing process for the beer is open fermentation, where the “wort” (basically liquid sugar) is left exposed to the air instead of being in casks. This creates “spontaneous fermentation” because of the yeast and bacteria that accumulate. Lambic is not only enjoyed by many beer drinkers, it’s also used in many Belgian dishes!
- That can’t be all the types of Belgian beer! The list is extensive, and includes amber, blond, and brown ales, champagne beers, something called “Flemish Red,” Pils, Saisons, Scotch ales, and Tripels. And that’s not even an exhaustive list!
Belgian Waffle Works has a wide variety of specialty Belgian beers that are the perfect complement to our delicious meals. Try one today and experience a whole new appreciation for the complex flavors present in crafted Belgian beer.
The Belgian Waffle Works is a full-service family restaurant featuring 17 original specialty Belgian-style waffles, homemade soups, fresh market salads, gourmet sandwiches, juicy burgers, homemade breads, Espresso, Cappuccino, premium desserts, wine, beer, specialty drinks and more. Belgian Waffle Works’ waffles are made from an exclusive mix, which is available for sale onsite and online. Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll be glad you did!