There is nothing more refreshing than a cold beer on a hot day. But the choices are infinite. I am sharing with you one of my favorites, Kriek Boon, which is a fruit lambic from Belgium—specifically cherry or Dzkriekdz in Flemish.
Let’s talk a little bit about lambics. This Belgium style of wheat beer is made with a combination of malted barley and unmalted wheat. Hops are added as a preservative. For the fruit lambics, after aging in the barrel for six months, 25% of fruit is added. This causes a second fermentation. The final product is a red beer that is both natural and fresh, with an unforgettable sweet and sour taste.
The Belgiums are fastidious about their beer. It is an imperative to use the correct glass with the right beer. If you happen to be hosting Belgians for the weekend — and you can’t find an actual Kriek Boon glass —it’s okay to serve in a champagne flute. Salut!