Belgians truly venerate their beer, which is appropriate since some of Belgium's oldest beermaking traditions began in monasteries. The monks picked fruits and herbs from their gardens and used them ― along with hops, barley, water, and different strains of yeasts ― to produce hearty, rich ales with a huge range of flavors.
Even now, Belgian beers are synonymous with creativity. At New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado, that philosophy continues to inspire every beer made. A tour of the brewery begins at a display of beer ingredients: hops, barley, wheat. All the usual suspects. But then there's kaffir-lime leaves and orange peel. And the barley and orange peel are laid out in the shape of a peace sign.