Month: October 2016

Belgian THIRSTday | 11/3/2016

Did you know that the Decatur’s Brick Store Pub founders have been enthroned as new Knights of The Belgium Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle (The Guild of the Belgian Brewers)?

One of the owners – Dave Blanchard [see picture] – traveled to our Capital for this exceptional and impressive event… Just imagine: an American in Brussels facing such an old tradition in a Middle Ages edifice.

This event-full September weekend starts with the Celebration of Saint-Arnould, Patron Saint of brewers with the consecration of the beer in the Saint Michael and Gudula Cathedral on Friday afternoon.  The mass is followed by the Academic session and enthronement ceremony of the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle, in the Gothic room of the Town Hall of Brussels before ending on the Grand Place for the Solemn inauguration of the beer stands.  Saturday and Sunday are dedicated to beer tastings, processions and parades of all kinds.

Let’s celebrate this next Thursday!  Join beATL upstairs at the Belgian Bar … don’t forget to RSVP.


  • When: Thursday November, 3rd, 2016 from 7 pm
  • Where: Brick Store Pub | 125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Parking: Public Parking close by or metered parking in surrounding streets.  MARTA station at short walking distance.  Think Uber.
Dave Balonchard

Proud Dave Blanchard


Quintuple Taz

Sit down because you will feel terribly exhausted by the end of this article!

Some of you may know Johan ‘Taz’ Desmet, a super lean 49-year old Gentenaar, living in Cumming with his wife Helene and multi-trophies-holder Stella, their German pointer.  They have a simple, cozy and discreet life, spending a lot of time outdoors.  So far so good, right?  What differentiates Taz from all of us is probably is ironclad determination.  Only a few days ago, at the bucolic Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania, VA, our compatriot succeeded to be the only Belgian in the whole world to finish the Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon more than 24 hours before the cut off time.  I guess I lost you … Keep reading because his exploit is pretty exceptional!

The Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon is an ultimate endurance event, over the course of 5 days, comprising 3 disciplines in direct consecutive order:

  • 12 mile (19 km) swim
  • 560 mile (900 km) bike
  • 131 mile (211 km) run

The total distance equals five (5) back-to-back Ironmans [3.86 km (2.40 mi) | 180.25 km 112 mi) | 42.2 km (26.2)]…. Just saying.

So how does it work?  Within 5 days, the triathlete must digest 703 miles (1130 km) starting with the swimming part at 7 am on the Monday morning and crossing the finish line no later than the Saturday at 7 pm.  Nevertheless to say that our friend Taz had an amazing performance by completing the event in 107 hours and 19 minutes (translate it as 4 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes), with only 12 scattered hours of sleep… He finished second but is the first Belgian ever to accomplish such feat…

Taz is no stranger to competing in multiday endurance races, having been involved in the endurance scene for some time:

  • 2016/15: Florida Double Anvil (finish 6th place in 2015)
  • 2015:  Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2014: Oregon Double Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2013: Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 2nd place)
  • 2013 Pinhoti 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • 2013 Vineman 140.6
  • 2012 TACA 126.2 Miler
  • 2012: Virginia Double Iron (finish 7th place)
  • 2012/11: Pinhoti 100 Miler
  • 2011 Guts Reactor Run 100 Miler
  • 2011: IM Louiseville
  • 2008-2011: 35 ultra runs, 3 Iron, numerous 50 & 100 milers, 13 marathons …

Inspired?  Start your 20-25 hours weekly all-year-round training [after a visit to your physician]!  And don’t forget to congratulate Taz for his extraordinary performance and result!

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Belgian THIRSTday | 10/6/2016

A little bit on the late side but hey, you all know that we do have our fabulous Belgian THIRSTday on each first Thursday of the month …  The October one is coming up, from 7 pm at Argosy East.  A must-discover place for beer lovers.


  • When: Thursday October 6th, 2016 from 7 pm
  • Where: Argosy East |  470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Parking: space  on both sides, plus the satellite lot to the north of the building is theirs as  well.
  • RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated.

Belgian Thirsdays by Mariska Kalmeijer