Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Hoegaarden. This beer was the first Belgian Wit beer I had ever experienced. Now there are imitators all over the place, but about a decade ago, Hoegaarden was the only option, and it only became available in Alaska a few years back. To me it was a legendary beer, a brew that mystically tasted like lemonade without compromising its beer-like qualities. I was on bicycle tour in 2011 and rode through Hoegaarden, Belgium with my wife. The brewery was in production and the whole area smelled like Sweet Tarts. It was a real treat drinking Hoegaarden in Hoegaarden. Wit beer is a great after-sports beverage, and a perfect mid-day hydrator if you are bike touring. To Hoegaarden! Op uw gezondheid’!