It’s been a bit of a hiatus from writing about beer for me (don’t worry, no break from the taste testing) and something gave me the kick in the pants to start writing again and writing about one of my favorite subjects.
PourGirl was started as a way to have something to do while not working and jaunting around Europe, hard life I know. Well now I’m working hard and loving every second but I also love having an escape from the non-stop retail career I’ve set up for myself. My point… welcome back PourGirl!
What better place to begin anew then with my long time favorite, Chimay.
I’ve always called Chimay my celebration beer, it was my first legal drink on my 21st, the go-to beer after finals were completed and aced, obviously, and in between life’s toastable moments it’s a great beer for any old Wednesday.
While trouncing around Europe, a road trip from Northern France to Munich crept out of the woodwork thanks to an ash cloud over the continent that grounded flights for over a week. After a quick glance at a map I couldn’t help but notice that Chimay, Belgium was conveniently on the way to our destination and the plans were set.
While in Chimay I loaded the car up with glasses, coasters, shirts, the best bottle opener ever, o and beer, yeah, lots of malty, fruity Chimay! There was also lunch at the Poteaupré Inn pub-restaurant sampling cheese and beer straight from the Scourmont Abbey alongside one of the most perfectly cooked steaks I’ve had the pleasure to eat. All this while gazing out at an absolutely picturesque view of sunny hills, cows grazing in the fields and people from all over the world enjoying a perfect moment.
These are the memories I recall while sipping on my favorite beer and I know there are more to come.
My love of craft beer has introduced me to some amazing people and I’ve had many great experiences from seeking out great beer. Sharing a bottle of a new beer with an old friend or opening a seasoned favorite and introducing a novice beer drinker is like bringing a new friend to the group. Once that bottle is opened the conversation flows and the next time I enjoy that beer, there are memories to go with it. These memories and experiences are what keep me trying new beers and running to friends with recommendations.
Cheers, to the craft beer world for providing these amazing moments in my life.