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Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone, Melbourne, Victoria, Austrailia

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Belgian Beer Café Bluestone, Melbourne

Scene: Melbourne’s biggest beer garden aims to re-create Belgium’s outdoor drinking traditions. The umbrella-topped picnic tables are packed with young beer enthusiasts and the occasional business group out for a little “team building.”

Sustenance: In the Belgian spirit, the beer garden serves up hearty pots of mussels and fries. During summer, grilled bratwurst and rotisserie chickens are added to the menu.

Suds: The beers on draft (Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune, and Belle-Vue Kriek) are served after a nine-step pouring process, meant to achieve the ideal carbonation and foam height.

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