Time for some interesting information concerning Bruges' organisation vzw 't Hamerken .
A brand new booklet has been published, which ihas become quite siome interesting piece of historic information!
In his contribution, Honorary head Archivist André Vos igoes back to the 13th century, when the Bruges' city accounts already mentions the brewers from that period.
He describes how those brewers had to compete against the "wine drinking" Burgundians, and also describes how later on - in the New Period - new house- and city breweries have raised.
Arnoldus connoisseur and art historian Jean-Luc Meulemeester tells how peace activist Arnoldus brought it to Patron of the Brewers, and how these brewers celebrated their Patron Saint until the 19th century in the Holy Blood Chapel.
Industrial heritage researcher Frank Becuwe describes how the industrial malteries in Bruges were created, and how the knowledge that period helped the malteries in the development of their business.
Johan Braet, archivist and heritage keeper of Zedelgem, talks about the raise and decline of the co-operative brewery De Lac, located at the Minnewater, and the brewers-shareholders who were responsible for the creation and the management of this unique and progressive brewery.
Historian and co-operator of 't Hamerken, Henk Anseeuw performs magic with the production figures of the Bruges' breweries, which were accurately recorded by four generations of brewers of 't Hamerken.
On the basis of those figures he actually brings the former breweries to life again.
Brewmaster Paul Vanneste has it over the brewers and their ancillary supply industries from 1905 to 1935, when the old artisan crafts such as "Kuipers" (= barrel constructors), and coppersmiths still played a role in addition to the industrial construction houses of steam engines and steam-powered brewing plants.
Finally, there is a contribution about the national brewery congresses that were organized in Bruges which made many Bruges' brewers not inactive.
Price: € 15.00, with shipping in Belgium: € 18.50 (For shipping outside Belgium, please contact vzw 't Hamerken through their website www.thamerken.be.
And ... there's more news from the vzw 't Hamerken front to mention here.
Due to their 25th. anniversary,, an amazing exhibition has been organized.
It's called "Brouwen en Mouten in Brugge in de 19de en 20ste Eeuw" - "Brewing and Malting in Bruges during the 19th. and 20th. Century".
The exhibition runs till 5 January 2014. and the entrance is completely at no charge.
The exhibition takes place at the city archive building - Burg 11A - Bruges.
Open from 09.30 till 12.30, and from 13.30 till 17.00
An absolute recommendation !!!