Kwaremont Beer

IN: CYCLINGNEWSTRAVELS

This is the first occasion that I’ve done a piece on a beer, strange seeing as we’re as enthusiastic about them as we are wine and whisky. We have an area dedicated craft producers, granted most are Scottish, however this piece is being allocated to one from the country whose name epitomizes beer production; Belgium. The Kwaremont is famous for being one of the most iconic stretches of road in world cycling. A steep 2.2km section of cobbles that comes towards the end of the 265km race of The Tour of Flanders. Imagine the excitement when I find myself on the Kwaremont for this year’s edition of the Tour of Flanders slurping on none other than Kwaremont beer watching the pros race past. So after weeks of messing around, a shipment of this brilliant Belgian beer has just arrived. Would it taste as good as on that wonderful spring day in the Flemish Ardennes?? OH YES!! It’s been a week and I still can’t stop buzzing about it. Just the kind of Belgian beer that I love, essentially not too rich or strong (6.6%) but still plenty of character that defines it as being a Belgian Blond beer. Smooth, well-balanced and fruity with lovely warming flavours, hints of quince, gooseberry, bitter cherry, apple and spice. Kwaremont Beer 33cl – £2.75 (get a free limited bespoke Kwaremont glass with 6 bottles)