Belgium is Super Neat

In less than one week, your favorite Long Island beer blogger (is it weird that I secretly desire to be referred to as Blogga Khan?) will embark on a seven day journey through the Mecca of Beerlandia and all of its sacred lands; where Moses parted the Amber Ale Red Sea, and where Jesus Christ probably would have turned water into a Westvleteren 12, had he possessed the skill to perform such a feat.

That’s right, good sirs and madams—Niko Krommydas is headed to Belgium!

I visited the country briefly about three years ago during a post-university backpacking excursion, but that was prior to my discovery of “good beer,” thus no Trappist or other Belgian-style brews were consumed. This time around, I look forward to furthering my exploration of Belgium’s vast beer scene (which I have been learning quite a lot about over the last few years), while also spending my days wandering, absorbing, reflecting, writing, drawing, and -ing-ing-ing-ing-ing.

I expect one long-ass, intoxicated, introspective haze, and for that, I am bubbling with anticipation.

I have already started the process of piecing together my itinerary, which to be honest, will remain quite vague, as I dislike the idea of a structured trip where every single step is planned and thought out beforehand. I would rather let my explorative sense lead the way.

However, that’s not to say I don’t have my eye on some must-visit destinations.

One of those (pictured above, courtesy of Travlr’s Flickr account) is ‘t Brouwershuis, a Bed & Breakfast on the grounds of the Brouwerij St. Bernadus in Watou. The St. Bernardus Abt 12, a deliciously malty Quad, may be my favorite Belgian beer, so when I learned one could not only lodge near its brewery, but on the actual grounds, I quickly inquired about Brou’s vacancy during my stay. I am in the process of reserving a bed for one or two nights, which has me just a teeny-teeny-weenieeeee excitedsfijsdigjdskffgmdffdg (see: unlimited St. Bernardus brews included in the rates).

Ahem.

Can’t wait…for all of it.

niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.