We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Flemish? Too much phlegm, methinks. Phlegm is the sputtering, gutteral language that Flems speak and the Flems are Belgian don'wannabes.
Now that Belgium has accomplished what Napoleon and Hitler never could pull pull off - the unified, unelected sovereignty over all Europe and the not-so-United Kingdom, I think the Flems might prefer Belgium to Flemland.
We are lucky to live in the golden age of great beers. In the past few years many more excellent European brews are now widely available in the States.
Trip is right, the best brews are typically local or at least regional, and there are more fine beers available all over the country than ever before, and craft brewers are pushing new boundaries.
Just the mid-Atlantic region alone now has an amazing variety of great craft brewers, and New York and New England are beginning to catch up as well. It is astonishing the difference in quality and variety of what is available today, compared to just ten or fifteen years ago.
The upper Midwest, Pacific Coast, and Colorado also support some wonderful breweries.
I don't think it is possible to declare any particular beer the "best", but we are better off having such a high level of competition. Though I can't say I've yet found an IPA that is any better than Dogfish Head 60 minute... I better keep trying others to see if they win!
My beef is that many of the local beers (here in cent. FL and other locations around the US) have tried to be too complicated. It's beer. Barley, malt, hops, whatever. Keep it simple but brew it carefully. The shame is that from what I've seen, the market either wants complicated or it is perceived that the market wants complicated. The local brews I used to hit seem to have faded away. Though, to be fair, I haven't been in the beer hunt much lately, so my perception may be a couple of years old. I've found that many of the "local" beers are significantly weaker in the bottle over all, though.
Unibroue of Canada makes some excellent beers. Their Maudite, La Din du Monde, and Troise Pistoles are my favorites, at least when I can't find Chimay on the store shelves (beer snobbery is one of my more benign vices).
We have the best beer in the world here in Belgium according to the Wall Street Journal, and although Palm is probably the best you can get in the states, you have to come to Belgium to get the really good stuff.