Ageing Well

image17-mainBy Alan Hope

There are three breweries in the Poperinge municipality: the two-man show of De Plukker in Poperinge proper, the renowned Sint — Bernardus in Watou , and the middlesized Van Eecke, also in Watou.

In fact, not much brewing gets done at Van Eecke anymore. The larger quantities come from sister brewery Het Sas, also known as Leroy, in Boezinge down the road.

But export manager Danny Dieussaert has shrewdly decided we’ve probably seen enough modern, spotless breweries like Het Sas to last a lifetime. So he’s brought us here to Watou to look at some antiquated machinery that offers a refreshing change of scenery, and which has our photographer’s antennae fizzing and sparking.

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