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Sep 27, 2010 02:48 PM

Bar with wide selection of Belgians on tap?

I'll come right out and say it - I'm not the biggest fan of IPAs. There, let the stoning begin :)

Sometimes, it seems rather tough not being a hophead in these parts. So, fellow CHers, where can I go to get my Belgian beer fix? I'm looking for stuff like Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Maredsous Dubbel/Triple, Gouden Carolus, Orval... is there a bar that has a large selection on tap? Failing that, what about bottles?

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  1. Toronado in North Park, and O'briens on Convoy. They are your best bet. They both have a good amount of bottles, as does Hamilton's in South Park. Small Bar has had Abt 12 recently as well.

    Many of the other beer bars have a good supply of Belgian bottles to make up for the lack of drafts.

    1. Also Hamilton's in South Park. I used to go fairly often, but have stopped going there because it is just far too loud and uncomfortable.

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      1. re: notjustastomach

        ....not to mention dark as a cave!!! ;)

      2. Belgian beer on draft is less common here than you might expect. O'Brien's, Hamiltons, and Toronado all have large Belgian bottle selections. Those are the places I'd go.

        1. Stone in Escondido has about 50 taps and at least of few of them are Belgians. Your best bet would be to use Tap Hunter. With a bit of driving, you should be able to access quite a few Belgian beers. Have fun!

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            1. re: steveprez

              Hey, that reminds me...does anyone know where I can get a decent kolsch on tap?

                1. re: Josh

                  Josh, sometimes I could strangle you, but this had me ROFL this morning :D

                  1. re: Josh

                    A Berliner would strongly disagree, Josh. Kölsch is a regional beer of Köln (Cologne). I've read that a few microbreweries in the U.S. have become quite good at reproducing this brew. This being the San Diego board I figured someone here might actually be able to point me to a source a bit closer than central Europe.

                    1. re: nileg

                      Sorry, it was a joke.

                      Mission Brewing used to make a great Kolsch with their previous brewer, but he's no longer brewing there.

                      Ballast Point's Yellowtail Pale Ale is technically a kolsch.

                      1. re: Josh

                        >Mission Brewing used to make a great Kolsch with their previous brewer, but
                        >he's no longer brewing there.

                        Sorry to hear that.

                        >Ballast Point's Yellowtail Pale Ale is technically a kolsch.

                        Perhaps, but in my opinion it's a shade and a half better than meh. About two years ago I met a friend at the Gordon Biersch brewery in Mission Valley for a chat and they actually had a pretty decent kölsch. I was quite surprised. Of course I haven't seen it there since.

                        I was introduced to kölsch while dining out during a business trip to Cologne, where it is served in tall, thin 20 cl glasses carried to your table on giant circular trays packed with filled glasses. The locals were quite proud of their namesake beer and made sure I had plenty of it. Good stuff.

                    2. re: Josh

                      You must be thinking of a Berliner-weisse.

                2. Try Small Bar on PArk Blvd, near the intersection of Adams. They have a great selection and good food too.