Belgium is known for their beer and we couldn’t pass up a visit to the last remaining brewery in Bruges. De Halve Maan Brewery is right in the middle of Bruges and they run brewery tours every hour (in a variety of languages). In addition to the tour, the admission price also gets you a free beer, this seemed like a no brainer to us.
I love beer and Belgium did not disappoint. The variety was more than I could possibly begin to tackle and there was certainly more beer than I could even attempt to taste. Each beer was served in a glass made specifically for that beer in order to impart the best flavor and smell. The glasses might have been my favorite part and I found myself ordering a beer just because of the glass, like this lovely Kwak:
Looking out our cottage window, there was nothing but smoke filled air. The fires in nearby Yosemite had left the town of Murphy in a haze. We however, did not let this slow us down.
Our day started in nearby Columbia State Park. I don’t really know what to say about this place…it was interesting. Columbia is staged to look like a town in the gold rush era, everything from a saloon and jail to all the town folk in period costume. Yep, that’s right, the dude hanging on the barstool in the saloon is in costume. A quick stroll up and down main street (it’s only about 2 city blocks) and we knew it was time for a beer. Off to the Saloon we went!
Better late than never, a month by month look at 2013: