Even The Simpsons' straight edge Ned would have to admit that West Flanders Brewing Co -- Pearl St.'s new brewpub -- is pretty sweet (or like, "diddly great" or whatever he says). It's named for a city in Belgium (proving that they have at least one other one besides Antwerp), and pumps brewed-on-site suds through 14 taps (paired with hearty pub food) amongst photos of local homebrewers, antique drafting tables, and a special room upstairs called "Fermentopia". Get after: Belgian Bites: Rather than swallowing paper towels, soak up the beer in your tummy with apps like definitely Belgian smoked wings in BBQ/ buffalo/ mango-habanero, housemade garlic/ pepper brats, or Pub Pretzels with beer-infused cheese sauce. Then, get bigger plates like grass-fed burgers topped with a mushroom ragout/ smoked gouda, and oven-fried chicken breaded in "zesty" seasoning made with spent grain. Beer!: Sure, they've got US styles like the 6.7% Canniptian Pale Ale and a sessionable, "caramel-flavored" ESB, but if you wanted to go somewhere to drink American beers, you'd go to America. The Belgian stuff runs from the St Mark's Dubbel with "baker's chocolate" undertones, to the Angry Monk, which has banana/ licorice notes and a taste not unlike Chimay, making it perfect for a date night with your hi-dily ho.
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