kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Celebrate with Belgian Brews

Today is Belgium's Independence Day. Why not head to DC's Brasserie Beck for the celebration? From 11:30 AM until closing time at 11 PM, Chef/Owner Robert Wiedmaier’s popular 165-seat restaurant is offering up 18 delicious Belgian draft beers, at half price, ranging from $3-$6 each, to toast Belgian Independence Day. It commemorates Belgium’s anniversary of separation from the Netherlands in 1831, and the formal establishment of the kingdom with the crowning of Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg, who agreed to support the constitution drawn up by the National Congress. This one-day only celebration is Beer Specialist Bill Catron’s brainchild and the “knighted” beer expert is offering up the following beers available in the restaurant, bar and outdoor patio.

Beers featured include the following: Delirium Tremens; Gouden Carolus Ambrio; St. Louis Framboise; Gouden Carolus Hopsinjour; Gouden Carolus Tripple; Gouden Carolus Classic D'or; Kasteel Tripple; Kasteel Donker; Blanche des Bruxelles; De Koninck; Hoegaarden; Leffe Brune; Stella Artois; Bavik; Piraat; Kasteel Rouge; Brigand and Gulden Draak. Brasserie Beck exemplifies a traditional, chic image of old Europe’s Belgium train stations. The spacious bar boasts over 126 Belgian Beers and ten different beer taps, making it the most comprehensive Belgian Beer list in the city and the restaurant recently opened its expansive patio that is also friendly to those wishing to enjoy a good cigar.

Brasserie Beck is located on 1101 K Street, NW and serves lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 AM to 5 PM, dinner Monday-Thursday 5 PM to 11 PM, and Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 11:30 PM; Sunday brunch is offered from 11:30 AM to 8 PM. For reservations call 202.408.1717 and visit