Kwak At A Glance
Always a Kwak to Hand
Pauwel Kwak, brewer and owner Dendermonde's De Hoorn Inn during Napoleonic times, is credited not only with creating this lovely Belgian beer but also with the invention of one of the world's most iconic beer glasses.
Mail coaches stopped at the inn everyday but the coachmen were not permitted to leave the carriage and horses. To solve this, Pauwel had a distinctive glass created, not dissimilar to a small "yard of ale", which could be hung from the coach rather than needing a flat bottom to stand on.
I’d give my shoe for a Kwak…
The Kwak glass has grown in popularity as much as the beer itself. Unfortunatley, with it's popularity comes the "collectability" factor amongst the more light-fingered drinker...
Today there are even bars in certain parts of Belgium which insist on a deposit of one of the customer's shoes before serving a Kwak in it's traditional glass and stand.
Go back a few centuries and virtually every Flanders village boasted a family brewery and Bruggenhout was no exception. Since 1791 it has been the home of the home of Brouwerij Bosteels, the family brewer behind such famous beers as Kwak, Tripel Karmeleit and Deus, the "Brut des Flandres".
The brewery is now under the guardianship of Ivo and son Antoine Bosteel, the sixth and seventh generation of Bosteel at the helm of one of Belgium's best loved breweries.