Looking to make a beer trip close to home, we made a day trip to Brasserie d'Achouffe
& Les Trois Fourquets.
Achouffe is known for their Blonde & Brune Gnome beverages while Les 3 Fourquets makes one of +Xandra Goulet
's favorites, Lupulus.
Contrary to how I normally plan trips, this trip was one that we winged and as a result we found the tavern that Achouffe owns to be closed... seems it is only open in the warmest months, so we'll be back soon. Their shop and a neighboring tavern were open though. There we were able to enjoy La Chouffe, McChouffe, and my favorite Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA.
We had a red fruit/vegetable beer as well, that I think was also made by them, but I can't find the name or recall what it was.
My favorite take home from Achouffe was Chouffe Coffee
(25% ABV), a liquor made of the Esprit d'Achouffe which was originally made from distilled, aged beer. We've sipped it straight, with whipped cream, and poured it on ice cream. Delicious.
Finding Brasserie Les 3 Fourquets along the way was pure chance. I saw a sign as we were nearing Achouffe and made a point to stop there on the way home. It was completely empty and stating that the town was quiet could be an understatement. Regardless of it being closed and empty, we still poked around the place and we'll have to try back another day.