Belgian Beer Fest Kicks Off Tonight at Library Alehouse

— by Caroline on Crack

St. Bernardus Abt 12 by Caroline on Crack
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If you’re a fan of good beer, you know and respect what the Belgians have done with it. And you won’t want to miss the Belgian Beer Fest which starts today and runs til May 25 at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica today. Yes! Two weeks of delicious Belgian brew, revelry and then a beer pairing dinner. Oh! It’s just too good!

Purchase a Chimay glass at the bar for $15 and refill it with one of the eight rotating Belgian handles for only $5 during the festival. Only thing is, there’s only one keg for each beer so once it’s tapped out, that’s all she wrote. So if you see something you like on this partial list, better get thee to the Alehouse.

  • Affligem Blond
  • Allagash Four
  • Bacchus
  • Blanche de Bruxelles
  • Chimay
  • Duchess de Bourgogne
  • Goose Island Matilda
  • Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
  • Gouden Carolus Tripel
  • Houblon Chouffe IPA
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • La Trappe Isidor
  • Malhuer 12
  • Maredsous 8
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Russian River Consecration
  • St. Bernardus Abt. 12
  • St. Feullien Blanche
  • Tripel Karmeliet
  • Unibroue Terrible
  • Urthel Hop-It

At tonight’s kickoff party 5:30pm to 11pm, Christina Roberts from Duvel-Moortgat USA will be on hand to discuss the beers on tap — Houblon Chouffe Belgian IPA, Ommegang Hennepin, and Maredsous 8 — as well as some specialties such as the Blond d?Ardenne and Duvel in bottle. If you get there early enough, you might just score a red La Chouffe cap!

To close the festival, Wine Warehouse‘s import specialist, Larry James, will host a beer dinner where five amazing beers are paired with five courses.

  • Spinach and strawberry salad paired with Oud Beersel Framboise Lambic
  • Mussels cooked in Belgian wit-bier Blanche de Bruxelles paired with Affligem Blond
  • Cheese Course with Chimay Tripel and Bacchus
  • Beef Carbonnade paired with St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding paired with Malhuer 12

Cost is $59 a person and you better make your reservations now as space is limited.


Library Alehouse
2911 Main Street
Santa Monica, California 90405 (map)
(310) 314-4855
Facebook: Library Alehouse
Twitter: @libraryalehouse