Monday, November 30, 2009


The days of too much are upon us – richly larded meals, holiday parties o’ plenty. ‘Tis the time of year to ride the savory-sweet express. As an antidote to this delicious mess, I offer a quiet and rare selection of tart, dry, palate-en-living beers. These are light, refreshing beliner weisses, Flemish reds, and lambics.

I love the tart beers and tend to serve them as the champagne course. They play well with the wine crowd and are more affordable than the usual champagnes or white wines that are recommended for appetizers and salads. All of these beers are relatively low in alcohol, another plus when you have a lot of merrymaking ahead of you.

Here is a shortlist of what will rotate on one corner of the display beer rack, more description to follow:

  • Brauerei Weihenstephan1809 Berliner Weisse
  • Rodenbach Red
  • Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
  • Hanssens Mead the Gueuze
  • Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic

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