I can’t lie, the only reason I went to Brussels was to see what inspired Jeff Lebesch to come home and create New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I go to school. Unfortunately, we were only there for 3 days and I did almost no research on the city, so I didn’t get to stop into any small craft breweries to find out how they make their product, but I did get to try beer, and lots of it. Brussels is home to a bar called Delirium, which, in 2004 made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for their 2004 different beers that they currently serve.
I traveled with two friends from CEA, Laura and Carolyn, who were really fun to travel with. When we first arrived in Belgium and checked into the hostel, we met up with Laura’s friend Jesse and he showed us what he had already seen. Brussels has an enormous square, popular for picnics, and we first stumbled upon that before finding a street FILLED with kebab restaurants. For those that don’t know, Kebab is shaved meat and lettuce, tomato, etc. inside a pita with a yogurt sauce. I’ve never had one prior to being here in Spain, but I definitely fell in love. We ate Kebab every night at a different place, and I’ve never been happier.
Anyway, after eating we turned around and headed back to Delirium to get some beer- naturally. The bar has an amazing ambiance to it, and when we got downstairs there was a live band performing with various singers and musicians. The highlight of the night for me was when a solo guitarist started to play, only to be joined by members of different bands. What resulted was a gigantic jam session that was so much fun to watch I never wanted to leave.
The next day, with the sun shining, we walked to a big supermarket and rode the elevator up to the roof to see the view, it was pretty cool. We wandered the city, saw the Museum of Musical Instruments, Mannekin Pis, and viewed the Atomium from a distance.
Other highlights of the trip incuded drinking with some locals, waffles, chocolate, and lace- all Belgian classics. Overall, the trip went really well, and after our three days, we were off to Amsterdam…