Poperinge isn't a town to hide its pride and joy under a bushel. In fact its pride and joy is a bushel (of sorts). Though more a pile of cones in fact. And not of wheat, but of hops.
Welcome to 'hoppe stad', the Capital of Hops in Belgium, the globally-acknowledged Kingdom of Beer.
This is a town so steeped in hop-growing and beer-making that you can smell it over the horizon, even before its spired churches have rolled into sight.
A good dose of Belgium's brewed beverages owe their hoppiness to the flat open fields surrounding this small town, which lies just short of the Channel coast, in the far north-west of the country.
And two of the most legendary names in Belgian beer call its hop-fields home: Westvleteren and St. Bernardus.
This area is best visited by bike or car.
The only organic brewery in Belgium, started in 2011 on the only organic hop farm in Belgium.
Nothing but home grown hops are used for the beers which all carry the bio label. Guided tour are availabl...
Home of the Saint Bernardus beer. Also offers guided tours (require reservation on the website), a bar with panoramic view and a shop.
The brewery's three beers have acquired an international reputation for taste and quality, Westvleteren 12 being considered by some to be the best beer in the world. The beers are not brewed to normal...
Poperinge's new and extended Hop Museum is located in the old "Stadsschaal" or Municipal Scales. An informative audio tour guides you through four floors of history and culture, all the way from the i...
The artisanal brewery Werbrouck is close to the French border and was started in 2018.