Saturday, 29 March 2008
After a while, we left Ijzerkotmolen, and today’s hike around and along the Zwalm River continued. We soon reached the Alps, or at least Klein Zwitserland, a lovely pub, where we stopped to get the girls a sweet snack. And me a beer.
I chose the pub’s beer of the month, Slaghmuylder’s Paasbier, an Easter brew that really impressed me. Again, this was a local beer, being made just around the corner in the town of Ninove by the Slaghmuylder Brewery, who also make Witkap•Pater.
Slaghmuylder’s Paasbier pours a delightful golden colour, and the taste is a wonderfully surprising burst of herbals: lavender and grass, with a light hop aftertaste. It’s such an amazingly fresh combination, and it’s perfect for this season -- like springtime in a bottle. The alcohol level is 5.2%, so not debilitating at all.
Oh, and the label for Slaghmuylder’s Paasbier has a bell on it. In case you’re wondering, that’s because a bell brings the eggs at Easter in Belgium. No less insane than a rodent with a basket.
And with that thought, I leave you with more photos of Zwalm River mills...