Drinking in the views and beers of Gent.

The 70km cycle to Gent involved all sorts of weather, wind, rain, sun – and at one point even a hailstorm.

Thankfully it brightened up as the day progressed so I arrived in Gent to a sunny late afternoon and evening.

First was the city brewery, only to find them closing early for the day – so it was onwards to TrolleKelder for the first beer; a Maredsous Dubbel.

Then an aged Kriek Boon.

Wonderfully sour and woody, this is a terrific beer.

Next stop was Waterhuis aan de Bierkant.

In a nice setting by the water there’s a very good selection of taps and bottled beers – including Gulden Draak at 10%.

Great beers, in a great city that’s often overlooked in favour of Bruges.

Which just so happens to be where we are headed for tomorrow.