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On Tap in Hawaii: Belgians treat beer as national treasure

  • PHOTOS BY TIM GOLDEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Jef Versele pours a 12-year-old Gulden Draak from a magnum bottle (1.5 liters) in the tasting room at Brouwerij Van Steenberge. Versele maintains a huge cellar with various vintages of Gulden Draak, a beer that can age for decades. The beer gets smoother and more refined with age, similar to some red wines. At right, Brasserie de Silly’s Scotch Silly is aged in chardonnay barrels.

  • TIM GOLDEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Red-rimmed foeders, or barrels, at Brouwerij Boon brewery in Belgium hold gallons of traditional lambic, a naturally fermented beer. Boon keeps 165 foeders in two massive warehouses, and owner Frank Boon can provide detailed tasting notes and the history of every one.

In Belgium, beer is ingrained in the country’s culture; from breakfast to dinner, from cooking to pairing with meals, beer is treated as a national treasure. Read more

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