Yves and Kurt Panneels run what is arguably the world's
greatest lambic cafe: In de Verzekering Tegen de Grote Dorst.
The name translates as "In the Insurance against the Great Thirst."
I wrote about the cafe here: Grote Dorst
Often called Grote Dorst for short, the atmospheric, friendly bar is located in the small town of Eizeringen, about ten miles west of Brussels. Grote Dorst is open on Sundays between 10 am and 1:30 pm, as well as during the three special fests held at the cafe each year.
The last special day of the year falls in December: De Dag van de Lambik (The Day of the Lambic.) 15 different unblended lambic brews from nine different lambic producers were served on draft in the 2009 edition, and the same number are planned for the 2010 fest, which will be on December 12.
The one shown in the photos, number 11 of 24, is one of the few that remain.
It's also probably the only bottle currently residing in Baltimore.
I have it on good authority that a certain bar owner in New England was offered many hundreds of dollars for a bottle-and turned down the offer!
How does it taste? No idea....but it must be really good.
Maybe I'll open it someday.