The daily beer painting is of Gruut Blonde from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij in Gent, Belgium. A gruut is a special old style brew that is brewed with spices instead of hops, so if you are a hop head, hang your head low and give it a try anyway. I bought this beer because an employee at my favorite bottle shop, La Bodega, suggested I try a gruut, and said that this one was particularly nice. So I took him up on it because I had never had one before. I really liked it. I can’t tell you what spices are in there, but I am thinking some ginger and cinnamon, and maybe juniper berries.
“Stadsbrouwerij” means city brewery in Flemish and “Gentse” means from the town of Gent. I did some research about this particular brewery and found out that it has only a three barrel system making really small batches of this really cool brew. The brewery has urinals that look like lips in the men’s room, so I decided to paint them in the background. What is up with Belgians and their potty humor? I mean, why make sculptures of peeing children?
To drinking new brews! Something outside the norm, something special! To experiencing a bit of unique culture even if you don’t know anything about it!