Digging? Yes, digging, that’s what it means. For several days together with the staff of the MIAT library, we delved into the history of Ghent, its beers and its breweries. This long search resulted in us unearthing the name ‘Crabbelaer’, a term that has been associated with Ghent for many hundreds of years.
During the late Middle Ages (16th – 17th century), there were more than 300 breweries in Ghent. During this period, the drinking water was so impure that people preferred to drink beer rather than water. The demand for beer meant that each café and even every wealthy family had its own brewery where five types of beer were brewed: Klein Bier, Clauwaert, Dubbele Clauwaert, Dusselaer and Crabbelaer. For a long time, Crabbelaer was the most popular variety. During the 16th and the 17th century 30.000 barrels of Crabbelaer was brewed in Ghent!
Brouwerijen in Gent?
Sinds de laat jaren zestig tot 2009 was er geen echte brouwerij meer in Gent. Voor de eerste wereldoorlog waren er echter een kleine honderd brouwerijen. Deze traditie willen we in eer herstellen en vandaag opereren we met kleine hoeveelheid. De komende maanden willen we actief in onze microbrouwerij gaan zoeken achter het ultieme Crabbelaer Tripel. Wij nodigen iedereen uit om suggesties te doen naar types en receptuur op onze facebookpagina. Hobbybrouwers zijn welkom in ons atelier “van geneugten, bier en meubels” in de meubelfabriek.