There’s something different about beer culture in Belgium.
We’re going to treat beer with the respect that it deserves. We’re going to treat it like some of the experiences that you would get at a wine bar or a restaurant that focuses on wine. It’s a curated list of bottles that we have. We’ve worked with distributors to make sure they are available to us in the U.S. We’ve collected things over the years, vintage stuff that we can present, and we’re doing quite a bit of training with the staff so that they understand what makes these beers special, why they’re so great, what we have in here that could make somebody excited about beer.
The menu is a focus on local products that we can use to pair with these international beers. We’re working with Boulted Bread, Yellow Dog Bread, The Farmers Collective, Locals Seafood and First Hand Foods. These dishes are things that you can pair with the beer—local charcuterie, local cheeses, mussels. We also serve all of our menu until 2am for a quality late night dining option in Downtown Raleigh
The history of Belgian beer is really, really interesting and really, really important. There’s a big difference in the way that beers are brewed in Belgium and how they are in the United States. Belgian beers typically focus on the brewing process. In America, a lot of the focus of beer is extreme flavors—who can make the hoppiest beers, who can make the craziest flavored beer. In Belgium, people focus on tradition, consistency and integrating these house flavors, which really make these beers special. You can taste what the beer is, but also, where it was brewed.