Still­well’s Bel­gian in­va­sion

The Coast - - FOOD + DRINK - —Re­becca Ding­well

Still­well co-owner Chris Reynolds has been on a mis­sion to bring more Bel­gian beer to the bar’s taps, hav­ing trav­elled and tasted what the coun­try has to of­fer mul­ti­ple times. The Bel­gian takeover of his dreams—“12 kegs and a slew of bot­tles”—is hap­pen­ing this week­end.

“The list is truly spe­cial,” Reynolds says of the Bel­gian Beer Fest of­fer­ings (1672 Bar­ring­ton Street, Sunday Au­gust 27, 1pm). “They’re the very, very best ex­am­ples of what is avail­able in Bel­gium.”

While Still­well has had Bel­gians avail­able be­fore, most of those brews were “shelfies,” ones you can get in stores. Still­well has tried to part­ner with Bel­gium-based brew­eries in the past, but it’s dif­fi­cult. Many of what Reynolds con­sid­ers the best brew­eries are small and don’t enough sup­ply to do a tap takeover. How­ever, they even­tu­ally found a sup­plier will­ing to deal with the lo­gis­tics of get­ting their “dream list” of beers to­gether.

Reynolds en­cour­ages any­one who’s in­ter­ested in food and drink to come out to the event—even those who aren’t beer drinkers. The beers on of­fer “taste like none of the beers in Nova Sco­tia.”

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