Flowing beer gathers no foam! After perhaps a few too many, Sébastien Albanese (Achille) had a rather naughty little idea: to open up a beer library. And so in 2015, Le Barboteur was born. By the way, it’s not just a bar, but a local institution with a knock-out selection of over 300 cervoise ales, including 20 on tap, which get rotated often. That week’s choices included: Sécular from the Brasserie de la Source, a 6% sour gruit with notes of coriander, honey and anise (€3.80 for 250 ml), the elderberry Meert from Tilquin, a 5.5% lambic (€6) or the Stouterik from the Brasserie de la Senne (€3.80), which lives up to its name. Stam Café livens things up by holding monthly Tap Take Overs, where fellow brewers from here and afar bring their kegs of micro-brewed booze for the weekend. Soak up the lot on the huge summer terrace, the envy of the whole Schaerbeek neighborhood. And because eating isn’t cheating, pair drinks with platters of charcuterie and local stinky cheese (€8.50 to €15) and crowd-pleasing flammekueches (€8.50 to €11.50). // Jessica Fletcher
THE BULLET-PROOF BOTTLE: The IPA de Papa, brewed exclusively for Le Barboteur by the L’Ermitage nano-brewery in Brussels (€3.30 for 250 ml on tap).
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