Thursday, January 12, 2012

Get Ready for Ashley's Belgian Beer Week

So... you like beer, too?

It's Belgian time again at Ashley's in Ann Arbor January 17-22, and that means a delicious menu of cuisine and a full complement of drafts and bottles from the land of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Consider it a prelude (which it is) to the bigger, badder second annual Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley's in Westland from February 9-19 (about which more in another post).

Many craft beer nerds are enthralled with the unique brews of this non-nation, and with good reason. There's a great variety of sweet, sour, and WTF? ales to please the sophisticated beer palate, and Ashley's offers plenty of options.

Here's the list, as I have it:

On draft:
  • Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
  • St. Feuillien Biere de l'Amitie (Collaboration with Green Flash Brewing Co.)
  • St. Louis Geueze
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • Petrus Oude Bruin
  • Brugse Zot Unfiltered Blonde
  • St. Bernardus Christmas
  • La Trappe Isid'or
  • Kwak
  • La Chouffe
  • Houblon Chouffe
  • St. Bernardus ABT 12
  • Tripel Karmeliet
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Gulden Draak
  • Chimay Tripel
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne
  • Petrus Aged Pale
  • Silly Pils
  • Lindemans Lambic Framboise
  • Wittekerke Witbier

In bottles:
  • Hanssens Oudebietje
  • Hanssens Experimental Raspberry Lambic
  • Omer Traditional Blond
  • St. Bernardus Prior 8
  • De Troch Apricot Lambic
  • De Troch Pineapple Lambic
  • Piraat
  • Belzebuth
  • Duvel
  • Delirium Nocturnum
  • Saison Dupont
  • Oud Beersel Oude Kriek
  • Oud Beersel Oude Geueze
  • Orval
  • La Trappe Quadrupel
  • Chimay Red
  • Chimay Blue
  • Rochefort 6
  • Rochefort 8
  • Rochefort 10
  • Westmalle Dubbel
  • Westmalle Trippel

The special food menu will include Beef Carbonnade (Flemish stew), mussels (three different preparations), Chimay Chicken Sandwich, and a Monk's Burger. And don't forget the pomme frites with mayo!

Get ready to get your Belgian on. Jean-Claude insists, and you don't want to piss him off.

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