Ertvelde's Beer Museum ("Biermuseum")

This is really a hobby that almost got out of hand.  The Beer Museum in Ertvelde is a real must for real beer lovers.  Here you can admire a vast collection of beer glasses from around the world, more than 7,000 of them and there are more than 5,000 bottles full of beer or bottles carefully emptied of their precious content.  There are more than 1200 Belgian beers with the glasses in which they are served.

Then there are the beer cards and enameled commercial plates such as the two plates of Eeklo's much regretted Krüger Brewery in the picture below.

And of course this is also a pub where you can sample a beer or two.  In fact Remi serves more than 30 beers such as Delirium Tremens, La Chouffe, Oerbier, Babar, Dikkenek and several Trappists.  (If Dutch is doubledutch for you, a "Dikkenek" is a pretentious chap.  Only used for certain males of our species.  Dik (thick) is pronounced like dick and nek (neck) like neck.)  But there is also the "Beremietje", a beer brewed exclusively for the Beer Museum by the Lefevre Brewery of Quenast, a town about 25 miles south of Brussels.  This is a 5.4% alcohol beer with a cool, spicy taste.  A real must for real beer lovers.

Many like to nibble on a piece of cheese with their beer.  Here you might want to try a hop cheese.  That's right a cheese with hops as one of its ingredients, exclusively made for the Beer Museum.  We had our doubts but...  In for a penny, in for a pound.  We tried it and we liked it a lot.

The Beer Museum is the creation of Mr. Remi Dhaene.  He also has 30,000 cigar bands and God knows how many matchbox labels.  They don't make collectors like him no more.  You can find him and his Beer Museum in the Kuipstraat number 36 in Ertvelde.

Opening hours are from 18:00 hrs every Monday, Thursday and Friday, from 14:00 hrs on Saturday, from 10 o'clock in the morning on Sundays and public holidays and by appointment.

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