August 06, 2011

Kwak, Leffe, Duvel and the others


There are so many Belgian beers and not being a connoisseur, I would not have an idea where to start.
To me the glasses that the different beers are served in are at least as interesting as the beer itself.  My favorite glass is the Kwak glass. When ordering a Kwak, the glass comes on a wooden stand because the glass, with its round button, would not stand by itself. 
"According to the Kwak website: “In Napoleon’s time, Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and the owner of the De Hoorn inn (near Brussels). Mail coaches stopped there every day, but at that time coachmen were not allowed to leave their coach and horses,” “As a result, the inventive innkeeper had a special Kwak glass blown that could be hung on the coach. In this way, the coachman had his Kwak beer safely at hand.”
 http://www.bestbelgianspecialbeers.be
http://bestbelgianbeers.wordpress.com/2007/12/20/kwak-a-belgian-beer-in-a-unique-glass/