Tuesday, May 13, 2008
One of Belgium's-and the world's-best-loved beer cafes is 25 years old today.
't Brugs Beertje ("Brugge's Little Bear") first opened on Friday, May 13, 1983.
I interviewed owner Daisy Claeys about the history of her cafe in 2002, and have written several articles about the Little Bear in beer publications like Ale Street News and Celebrator Beer News.
So famous is 't Brugs Beertje that it is mentioned in virtually every guidebook to the beautiful medieval city of Brugge (Bruges.)
I will visit the Little Bear again on Tuesday May 20, during my 17th trip to Belgium.