Today is Feestdag, Belgium’s national holiday that commemorates the date in 1831 when King Leopold I took oath before the Belgian parliament, forming a sovereign nation. With the city’s status as one of the largest consumers of Belgian beer outside of Belguim, its only fitting that the holiday is recognized here in the same style as Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day and Fourth of July except with better beer. At City Tap House, the holiday is being honored with discounts on all Belgian and Belgian-style beers. It’s offering Ommegang’s Hennepin for $3 and Duvel for $6. Additionally the Tap House will tap kegs of Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale and Ommegang Zuur, a new collaborative brew with Belgium’s Brouwerij Liefmans that is blended with two aged Liefmans ales that produces a maltier and less acidic brew similar to a Flemish red. For $12 the Tap House will offer flights of all four beers, and enter guests in a drawing for a pair of tickets to Ommegang’s annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival. Click through to see where else to celebrate Feestdag.
• Devils Den is offering $1 off La Chouffe’s Houblon, a Belgian IPA, Maredsous 8, Ommegang Witte, Ommegang Rare Vos and Duvel Green from 7 to 11 p.m.
• Monk’s Café, the bar that spurred the city’s fascination with Belgian beers back in 1997, is celebrating with discounts on all Belgian draughts, including Ommegang, La Chouffe, Duvel, Maredsous 8 and more.
• McGillins is offering specials on mussels and Palm draughts.