beer pressure

theromanticI’d like to take a moment and pat myself on the back: I’ve come a long way from my Smirnoff Ice-drinking ways of freshman year of college (oooh doesn’t that just make you want to gag?). Though this may be hard to believe, when we planned our October getaway, hubs and I didn’t set out to have such a beer-centric European itinerary. It just happened, we swear it.

When we arrived in Amsterdam, we had no choice but to visit the World of Heineken:

heineken

From there, things spiraled quickly out of control. Seriously, check out what happened in Bruges:

primus (2)

After our first pint on the square, we had to try the locally-brewed Zot (and eventually visit the brewery!)

zot (3)

And what is a trip to Belgium if you don’t have at least one Chimay?

chimay (4)

Lest you think I’m exaggerating, we stumbled upon a wall showcasing every Belgian beer to ever exist. Seriously, this is what we were working with for 4 days:

beer wallAll this taste-testing led to the discovery of one of the hubs’s new favorites:

tripel

Then, as we made our way to Brussels, we were once again forced–FORCED!–to stop at a bar on Grand Place and people watch. IT’S WHAT YOU DO.

orval

leffe

Know what else you do in Brussels? Go to Delirium Cafe.

delirium

And know what you do at Delirium Cafe? Try an inappropriate amount of beer from their phonebook size menu.

more delirium
ESPECIALLY one called cookie beer that tastes exactly like a speculoos cookie. More strange than yum, I should add. Imagine literally drinking a sugar cookie.

cookie beer

Lucky for everyone, we did not opt for the fishbowl beer concoctions they were offering up, because we watched the table next to ours as they made the attempt. I assume this is what the glass looked like to them as well:

delirious delirium

We kept it simple.

saison

By this point, if you can imagine, I was a little beered out… but hubs kept on pushing through upon arrival in London.

greene king

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately now that we’re like 15 pictures in?), I forgot to capture the rest of the hubs’s London adventures in beer. Just picture a lot of dark beers and more than a few pints of Guinness.

With that, I officially cap off our 10-day European adventure of 2k11 and begin my new countdown: to Paris! (63 days if you would like to count with me).

And, in case you missed the recaps, you can catch up below:

Netherlands
Amsterdam
– two days in amsterdam
 amsterdam: hits & misses

Belgium
Bruges
– two days in bruges
– bruges: hits & misses
Brussels
– two days in brussels
– brussels: hits & misses

England
London
– four days in london
– london: hits & hmms (part one!)
 london: hits & hmms (part two!)

xo!

the romantic

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  1. the Hubs
    December 1, 2011 / 09:24

    Really? You’re going to post this at 9am on Thursday? REALLY? Now all I can think about is happy hour, and how much I wish Delirium Cafe had a sister bar in NYC. It’s going to be a long day.

  2. August 30, 2012 / 13:11

    Wait. Sixty-three days to Paris? Does that happen to be when I’ll be in Paris? I thought you were kidding. #Stalker
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    • August 30, 2012 / 13:23

      hahaha never fear–this popped up on facebook through a glitch but is actually from december in advance of our february paris trip. doesn’t mean i’m not still a stalker.
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