Bruges food and beer hall offers quality and quantity
Every week, Flanders Today fills you in on the best recipes, culinary events and special eateries. This week: a new food hall in Bruges
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The Flemish beer association Zythos, which organises the country’s largest beer festival in Leuven in April, works with 10-centilitre samples, which is enough to get a good taste of the beer without losing the power of rational thought.
That’s something to keep in mind when visiting B Taste in Bruges, a new concept in food halls. Its main attraction is 104 beer taps you get to operate yourself. B Taste is housed in the Oud Sint-Jan site, on the grounds of the medieval hospital and in rooms once used to film the TV series Aspe.
It opened last month with the intention of running daily until 3 January when it would move to weekends only. According to founder Peggy Bobelijn, however, the plan has changed: B Taste will now be open every day on a permanent basis.
B Taste has its own kitchen, but nibbles will mainly be provided by a rotation of stand-holders and food trucks, so the selection will change regularly. When Flanders Today visited, the menu was limited to burgers and spicy potatoes or three varieties of quiche. But the organisers assure us the selection will be broader once the venture finds its feet.
Of a lack of choice in the beers on offer, though, there’s no question: Some 100 choices on any given day, from everyday offerings like Maes Pils and Leffe Blond to rarities like the Scheldebrouwerij range, Brouwerij Verzet, Prearis and, of course, Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrik from Bruges brewery De Halve Maan.
You pay €10 as a starter, which gives you a glass to keep and €5 credit on a swipe card that registers exactly how much you’ve poured. When your credit is up, refills are available for whatever sum you choose. You won’t get round everything in one day, but at least you will be able to walk out the door unaided.
Photo courtesy B Taste
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