Started a little early today, with a Belgian at lunch.  It’s spring out there. What can I say? During a visit to the Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont, I ordered a Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor. Great IPA–hoppy but still fruity and rich. I’ll keep an eye out for more of the Carolopsinjoorkepopus line.

The label informed me that the beer’s name refers to a Belgian folk character, named Opsinjoor (see right), with a shout-out to the four types of hops used to brew it.  There’s not a lot to be found about Obsinjoor on the interwebs. Apparently he’s big around Mechelen, in Belgium. The shaky translations from Dutch describe a “short thick male with a moustache” who engages in unsavory acts.

According to this site, “Opsinjoor is an old folkloric person, who beated up his wife when he was drunk. So his neighbours were so angy at him that they woke him up by trowing him on a blanket high and let him fall.”

Tot siens!