November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 49 days remaining until the end of the year.
Henceforth, this day shall be known as “Piss-off-a-Scotsman-day”. Not that we have anything against Scotsmen or anyone in particular. We are all one people, but it’s just so much fun to laugh at our apparent differences and point out the inaccuracies in them.
For once, it’s a Belgian taking the piss out of someone else and not the other way around.
So, if you were to bump into a Scotsman today be sure to remind him or her that:
10. the ‘Scottish’ bagpipes as we know them today were imported from Catalonia (where they are called ‘gaita de fol’) and in their earlier form, they came via India, to Greece, to Italy and the rest of Europe (e.g. Sweden where it is known as ‘sackpipa’) before they reached the British Isles. There’s nothing Scottish about them really. Scotland was like the last place in Europe where they hadn’t heard of the bagpipes. When the rest of us were sick and tired of listening to the bagpipes, you started playing them. And out of all the beautiful instruments out there, the Scots pick the bloody bagpipes as a national instrument. What were they thinking? Comedian Danny Bhoy agrees with me (youtube video in marvelous 240p);
A new round up of freshly picked music and we’re kicking off with Savages, a post-punk band hailing from the UK, their music sounds weirdly familiar, almost as if I grew up with this band like I did with bands like Sisters of Mercy. This featured song “Shut Up” might become a cult classic. In any case, their debut album “Silence Yourself” has been nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013.
As you are probably aware of, we here at Kunstemaecker, strive for a perfect beer list. This entails having the best in each type of Belgian craft beer so you, our valued customer, are able to enjoy fantastic brews with your friends.
Unfortunately, most of these craft breweries are very small and lack budget to make serious publicity, so often, new releases stay under the radar. Unless of course, you go and visit the breweries all over Belgium and that’s exactly what we do.
On Tuesday 28th of May I jumped out of bed at 4.30 am, no time for breakfast, and joined our good friends Vande Woude Dranken and Dirk, owner of Den Toogoloog in Middelkerke for some good old fashioned beer hunting.
Our first stop at around 9 in the morning was Geuzestekerij De Oude Cam in Gooik. I managed to pick up some lovely Kriekenlambiek, Framboise-Lambiek and Special (lambiek with cherries, raspberries and gooseberries). We were welcomed by the brewers’ father, a very friendly man.
If you haven’t heard of Podge aka Chris Pollard, let me quickly fill you in. Podge is probably the most important ambassador of Belgian beer in the UK. His Belgian Beer Tours take you to the best Belgium has to offer in terms of breweries, beer restaurants and craft beer pubs.
He’s also author and co-author of several beer books such as ‘Around Bruges in 80 beers’ and ‘Lambicland’. Highly recommended reading material for any foreign beer lover visiting Belgium.
So you can imagine we’re always honored when the tourbus makes a halt in Steenkerke. On May 27th 2013 we accomodated 17 American and 37 British beer lovers.