Hops on Show

image13-mainBy Alan Hope

The Poperinge Hop Museum follows the flower from seed to drink.

The first thing that strikes you about the Hop Museum in Poperinge is the stateliness of the building, even on the rather dismal December day we visited. It was once the depot where growers brought their hops to be dried, packaged and sent off for sale, but the town has done such a job of cleaning up the place that it looks fit for chic loft apartments or a trendy concert hall.

The second thing that strikes you is the second thing that strikes you everywhere you go in Poperinge: just how dependent this town is on a single product, beer. One entire side of the ground floor is nothing but beer, hundreds of bottles from every part of Belgium, all displayed in an enormous vitrine.

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