Around Brussels in 80 Beers
By Joe Stange
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Want to know where Brussels hides all the good beer? Let us guide you to fine restaurants, cool bistros, classic estaminets, street corner cafés, Art Deco emporia, galleries, theatres, take-home stores and the occasional brewery in search of the best beers brewed on Earth.
Current edition: 2
Published by: Cogan & Mater
Joe Stange is a freelance journalist whose words and photos have appeared among others in the New York Times, All About Beer, and Draft Magazine, where he is an editor. He began as an Associated Press newsman and eventually graduated to globetrotting, winding up in exotic places like Costa Rica, Berlin and Uccle. He co-author with Tim Webb of Good Beer Guide Belgium and nurses a fetishistic attraction to Brussels. His two children can discuss beer in four languages, so far.
It’s been six years since this labour of love first appeared on bookshelves in Brussels, Britain, Boston and beyond. We sold all 4,000 copies and grew fat on the immense profits.
Travel writers aim to be useful by reporting on the lay of the land. Problem is, the land won’t sit still. Months go by and a few places close their doors. A few new ones appear. One year a classic institution shuts, apparently for good. Two years later it reopens with new owners.
Half of the 80 locations listed here – cafés, bars, shops, restaurants, museums, theatres and hostels – are new to this title. Where we struggled to find ones worthy of the first edition, the challenge this time around was narrowing them down without discarding excellence. So I have cheated and added a section – More to Explore – that outlines another 30 or so worth attention…