Saturday July 18th is St. Arnoldus Day in Belgium. He is hailed as the patron saint of brewers.
During the plague he encouraged his congregation to drink beer, not water as water was one
source of the plague. Thanks to his efforts his congregation fared quite well against it.
St Arnoldus lived from 580-640 A.D., in Metz (a city today located in France). At his funeral,
it is said that pallbearers and mourners passed around a mug of beer and it never emptied,
despite not being refilled during the long procession.
To mark the day we will be tapping the
following two very special beers:
Bosteel Pauwel Kwak and Tripel Karmeliet
This celebration also coincides with Belgian Independence on July 21st. So there is a
good possibility you may come across a Belgian rarity or two on the following Saturday.
Independence Day celebrates the separation of Belgium from the Netherlands
in 1831, as well as the formal establishment of the Kingdom.
Today Belgium is governed under the constitution of 1831 as amended; revisions in 1993
established a federal state. Its government is a federal parliamentary democracy with a
constitutional monarchy. The head of state is the hereditary monarch;
the head of government is the prime minister; and it's world famous for great beer!
Special thanks to my favorite beer website, BeerNexus.com , for joining with me
in presenting this newsletter. If you like beer be sure to check out their great stories
and news reports. For me it's the true crossroads of the beer world!
Also take a look at my own column on BeerNexus.
Thanks, and don't forget to say hello when you see me at Nik's Wunderbar!
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