Belgian Summer

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Is it just me or does it seem like Belgian-styled beers are considered summer seasonals for most breweries? Case in point: currently, we’ve got six such beers on tap: Golden ales like the Lazy Boy Belgian and the Hopworks Diablito, a Dubbel from Full Sail, a Trippel from Anderson Valley, a Cherry Flanders from Lucky Lab and a Witbier from Pelican.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining about the beers. They’re great! What’s a shame is that I know all this Belgian stuff is going to come to an end when the summer’s over. For some reason, most breweries only churn out these styles three months out of the year and leave us thirsty for more for the other seasons. Maybe a fruity, spiced, light-bodied drink is ideal for when it’s hot outside, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious when it’s raining and cold instead. If I can drink a stout in August, I can certainly put down a Saison in February.

Here’s hoping that there will be plenty more Belgian beers to sustain us for the rest of the year… but just in case that doesn’t happen, you’d better grab these six while you still can.

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