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The Devil’s own cafe in Brussels.

Le Cercueil (the coffin), the name of the place says all. Its is not a café filled with zombies where the atmosphere is dead. Its a place where you will sit at a real coffin. Placing your glass on the table is done under the all-seeing eye of the corpse beneath it and the cavities in the skull, where the eyes once were, watch you drink your glass.

Those glasses, which are available in the standard café shapes, but those who really want to enjoy the unique atmosphere in Le Cercueil, require a "crane" after which your refreshment is served in a skull. The entire place looks microscopically small and with room for perhaps 30 people all together. In fact it looks more like a tomb than a traditional café and you are immediately sucked into a devilish  atmosphere.

Places like Le Cercueil may have survived the test of time, they must also follow the trend if they are to survive in our consumer society. The menu was therefore supplemented, from a large selection of well-known (and …

Belgium, a country of beers

There are approximately 180 breweries in the small country that Belgium is, Breweries ranging from international giants to microbreweries. In 2016, UNESCO inscribed the Belgian beer culture on their list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Brewing beer in Belgium dates back to the age of the first crusades in the 12th century. Under the Catholic Church's permission, local Walloon and Flemish abbeys brewed and distributed beer as a fund raising method. The relatively low-alcohol beer of that time was preferred as a sanitary option to the not so wide available drinking water at that time.
On average, a Belgians drinks about 84 litres of beer each year, down from around 200 each year in 1900. Most beers are bought or served in bottles, rather than cans, and almost every style of beer has its own particular, uniquely shaped glass or other drinking-vessel. Using the correct glass is considered to improve its flavor.

The hop and beer museum in Poperingen

An audio tour guides you through four floors of history and culture of making beer, all the way from the impressive loft to the concluding ground floor. The museum houses about 1700 beers.

On your way down in the museum, local characters like "The Bagger" and "The Nose" will guide you along the four seasons of the hop, historic documents, photographs, scale models and audiovisuals illustrate both the story of this unique building and that of local hop growing, its past and present.

Poperinge's Hop Museum is located in the old "Stadsschaal", in the center of Poperinge, near the Grand Place. You can find it at this address: Gasthuisstraat 71, Poperinge.

Till the 70's Belgian kids got to drink beer during their school lunch

There are almost 800 different kinds of beer in belgium. One kind was very popular till the70's, it was even given to kids at school during their lunch break.

Beer to kids? You must be kidding! Well let's go a bit further into this. The beers we are talking about were so called table beers, a kind of beer that was specially made for people who can't drink alcohol. So it's was a kind of alcohol free beer, a kind, because there was some alcohol in it. between 1 and 4 percent alcohol. The most popular table beer was Piedboeuf, it had 1.1 percent alcohol in it and there was a lot of sugar added to make it as sweet as Coca Cola. A good marketing strategy made that it was well distributed in almost all schools in Belgium. The reason was that it would be very healthy for them, because of the natural ingredients and of course the sugar. It would make them grow fast and strong. It would even be good for pregnant women and for women that were breastfeeding their baby's.


The Belgian beers wall in Bruges

Almost everybody knows that Belgium is one of the leading country's when it comes to beers. But did you know that in Bruges you can find a wall of Belgian Beers? There are 1250 different real ales in different cabinets, along with their accompanying glass. Some of them don't have a label. The cabinets are 30 meters long and most of the cabinets are outside in all weathers conditions, even in winter. The beers are arranged alphabetically as described in the book All Belgian Beers.

A new setup (about 1500 pieces) will be done after publication of the new edition later this year. Entrance is free but the wall and the cafe sometimes draws too many people on the weekends, but then again, that has always been the fate of Bruges the beautiful! The cafe is called "2be" and has a fantastic location and amazing terraces view. You can drink beers from one of the 14 taps at the Cafe, all taps run different beers ranging from two "Trappist beers", "coconut beer&quo…

The beer taster from Ekeren

Sometimes art and folklore doesn't have to be old and history can be in the making as we speak. This story is about a fairly new statue with a history that is not yet been made but who knows it will be in the future.

The "Bierpruver" in English "The Beer Taster" is a little statue on the market square of the village of Ekeren, now a district of the city of Antwerp. The village wanted something new to bind them together and create a new way to stand out to other villages in the neighborhood. The initiative to make a "De Bierpruver" figurine was taken by the board of directors of Ekeren in its meeting on 21 May 1984 and is based on a old nickname given to the people from the village, the "Bierpruvers".

The name was given to them because in the 17th century there were a lot of breweries in the neighborhood. All those breweries are gone now but the nickname remained and was taken over by the local carnival association that organizes a parade on…