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Heading to the Great British Beer Festival this week? We spent an afternoon at the trade session sampling a few of the stronger beers, and we've picked a few highlights.  1. Tiny Rebel: Captain Insano - ABV 10% (B14) I can't think of a beer that's had as many mentions in recent months. Whether you've had a good can, a bad can or haven't tried it yet - this is your chance to taste the beer as it ought to be.  It's also the only British beer over 8% in the whole festival. What?! In fact there are only 8 more British...

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My legs had been hurting on the ride from Gent to Bruges, so I wasn’t looking forward to 72km of pain on today’s ride to Watou. But when I woke up all the aches and pains had vanished. Could it be the restorative powers of Trappist beer at work? Not only had the pain gone, but for once the wind was behind me, so the cycling was fast and enjoyable and I made good time to Watou. Nestling just by the border with France, Watou is the home of the St Bernadus Brouwerij, where I would be spending the night...

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Today was the shortest day of cycling – just 46km, but still about 10km further than my legs wanted to go.Luckily just inside Bruges city walls is the Brouwerij de Halve Maan – where I had lunch washed down with their excellent Tripel. Then a little later it was on to Cambrinus - now this is a beer menu: There were several beers on tap, such as Delirium Nocturnum, and some interesting bottles to try. The horn was a bit gimmicky, but the Tripel contained within it was very good with lots of flavour from the yeast.   Just around the...

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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, followed by 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...

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Beer doesn’t taste much better than it does after a long bike ride. Today was 120km with a lot of headwind (but sun rather than showers) so it was 6pm before I made it to Antwerp. Thirsty. Starting in the main square at Gollem with a Zeezuiper Tripel from Scheldebrouwerij, followed by Zestig Belgian Strong Blonde from Malhuer, then Uno – a DIPA from Omnipollo vs Stigbergets. With 30 taps to choose from it would have easy spend the entire evening here, but a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery was in order. It was a short walk...

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