A short piece I wrote about one of Belgium’s great beer drinking spots, Cafe De Pandoerenhoeve and Heemerf Kaasstrooimolen, has been published in the July issue of All About Beer Magazine, on this page, as part of a larger feature article by multiple authors about great places to drink beer outdoors. Just in time for summer!
The All About Beer article showcases places across the USA and the rest of the globe. Kudos to Managing Editor Jon Page and Art Director Peter Johnstone for their work on this issue. For a free trial issue of the magazine, see here
De Pandoerenheove is located near Heist-op-den-Berg in a visually pleasing setting. Yards away is Heemerf Kaasstrooimolen, a functioning 17th century windmill! The cafe building also dates to the same period. The windmill was restored in 1990, and is in fully functional condition.
When the weather is nice, you can sit outside and enjoy a Trappist brew while checking out the activity at the windmill, which can be visited. It is three stories high, and there are many historical items inside, such as old mill stones and other equipment used to help operate windmills long ago. There are people on site that will show you how the windmill functions, as it is a sort of a living history museum.
There are about 40 brews on the menu, with the Trappist beers well represented, as well as Boon Oude and Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait, St. Bernardus Tripel and Abt 12, and other beers, such as Hopus from Brasserie Lefebvre. Along with the delicious bread, other small snacks are available as well.
In the winter, there is a fire burning in the hearth of the old “Leuvense” stove inside the cafe, which is full of interesting historical items. The cafe is open only on Sundays, from 2 pm to 10 pm. The address is: Bruggeneindse Heibaan 13, Heist-op-den-Berg. See here for more information.
Whether you visit in summer or winter, I can say that your experience at De Pandoerenhoeve and and Heemerf Kaasstrooimolen will be memorable!
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