Beer Tasting in Belgium

leffe“I learned to drink beer at Boy Scout summer camp. Of course, they don’t offer that merit badge–anymore.”
–BBM! Founder Stu Stuart

In the beer world, it’s a fine line between “beer geek” and “beer enthusiast.” I’d like to think I’m more of a beer enthusiast. I’ve been a home brewer for more than ten years and have successfully brewed many different styles of beer, including Belgian-style ales.

It has to be stated that Belgian beer  has the enviable capacity to change people’s lives, or at least influence or enrich their day-to-day existence.  One glass of the right Belgian beer can leave you feeling like you are on cloud nine and going on a beer tour of Belgium is tantamount to changing your life.  The first time I traveled there, my eyes had been opened to the beauty and attraction of Belgium.  I wanted to go back soon.  We were made for each other.  The rest is history.

I lived in Seattle during the rise of the craft beer movement in the ’80s and ’90s, and developed an appreciation and passion for many different styles of beer. During this time, my girlfriend introduced me to my first Belgian ale–Chimay. I proceeded to study and sample Belgian ales, appreciate them and learn why they taste so delicious and different than any other beers in the world. Since then, I’ve toured Belgium extensively and now am a well-versed and passionate home brewer and consumer of Belgian and Belgian-style ales.

I don’t have that same girlfriend anymore, but I still have my love for Belgian ales.

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“Belgian Beer Me!” is the name of my company that specializes in beer tours of Belgium and Belgian beer apprciation classes in the United States. This Belgian beer appreciation course at the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Experimental College  (Seattle) was the genesis of this fun and exciting tour and beer class venture known as BBM!

I consider myself to be the ultimate tourist and have traveled to many countries in addition to Belgium, including, Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Great Britain, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Canada and Texas. I typically drive across the United States twice each year, stopping at brewpubs, breweries, historic routes and sites, antique stores and other points of interest.

I am also an avid collector of old beer cans, beer signs and other breweriana, and belong to several national organizations of collectors. (See Links).

Additionally, in my other life, I’m a stand-up comedian and have been performing full-time since 1991. I also teach a class on Beginning Stand-Up Comedy through the ASUW Experimental College three times a year. And, I’m a 1986 graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism in Missoula.

I divide my time between Northern
Michigan (Mackinac Island & Grand Marais), with visits to Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and Belgium. I am a self-proclaimed ambassador of all good craft beer, in addition to Belgian ales. Enjoy browsing my Belgian Beer Me! website and especially check out my favorite links. Visit stustuart.com for more information on my comedy performances, Beginning Stand-Up Comedy classes and comedy career.

I’ve spent a lot of time, energy and resources “researching” and developing these great beer tours of Belgium so you can enjoy them. Please feel free to email or call me with your questions.
I hope to see you on a BBM! tour soon!

Cheers & Santé!

Stu Stuart