By Paul Walsh
Vander Ghinste looks to the future by paying tribute to its past.
One of Belgian Beer & Food’s aims is to tell the stories of Belgian breweries, but the truth is that we can only scratch the surface, dealing with the few that are still around today, while neglecting thousands that have been and gone, in some cases leaving barely a trace.
An example is Brasserie LeFort. Once a dominant feature in the prosperous town of Kortrijk, it sat on the city’s old fortifications and sold its beer though its network of pubs in the city and surrounding area. As you’d expect, owner Felix Verscheure was a man of status and lived in an elegant townhouse adjacent to the brewery, itself one of the richest in the city.
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