When I was a teenager, I used to spend my afternoons browsing CD racks, searching for the latest new bands. Now, in my thirties, I spend my afternoons browsing beer stores, searching for the latest new beers. Though the medium has changed, my mania remains the same.
Last week, I was idly examining the shelves at Manhattan's Whole Foods on the Bowery when I came across the handsomely labeled brews from Belgium's Brouwerij De Dochter Van De Korenaar. On a whim, I bought the Noblesse and the Bravoure. My world was rocked. The Noblesse was a dry, bitter delight, and the Bravoure was gently perfumed with smoke -- an easy-drinking smoked ale, if you can believe it. I was so smitten with Bravoure that I wrote about it for my Slashfood Beer of the Week column. Curious? Drink it up!