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Take it from the Tap: Phenol-menal Belgian beers

The Belgian Room at Clem’s Tap House

The Belgian Room at Clem’s Tap House.

Nancee E. Lewis

The Belgian Room at Clem’s Tap House pours 20 fresh Belgian imports.

Go: The Belgian Room at Clem’s Tap House

Know: Two years ago, Paul Kasawdish opened a 50-tap annex to Clem’s Tap House, where 30 taps focus on made-in-San Diego brews. “I decided to theme it,” he said. “Why don’t we just do a bunch of Belgian beers?”

Glow: The annex also pours 20 Belgian imports, all fresh and all on tap. Popular offerings include Cuvée de Jacobins Rouge, a sour ale; Saison Dupont, a classic farmhouse ale; and St. Bernardus Tripel.

The Belgian Room at Clem’s Tap House

The Belgian Room at Clem’s Tap House.

Nancee E. Lewis

Geeking out: Belgian beers usually feature distinctive aromas. Phenols are responsible for odors that can manifest as fruity, sour, herbal, clove-like and even reminiscent of Bazooka Joe bubblegum. 

To and fro: Clem’s Tap House is behind Clem’s Bottle Shop, a liquor store owned Wally Kasawdish, Paul’s father. Paul honed his beer expertise by expanding the store’s ale and lager offerings to its current 700-plus unique labels.

Pro: Photos of Will Ferrell decorate this bar, but not because the comedian/actor has Belgian roots. (He doesn’t.) Clem’s Tap House supports Cancer for College, a charity founded by one of Ferrell’s USC fraternity brothers, Craig Pollard of Vista.

Clem’s Tap House: 4108 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4526, clemstaphouse.com

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