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Veere, The Netherlands

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As I mentioned on my last post I was recently sent on one of the river cruises that the company I work for provide and for one whole morning I was at leisure to explore the tiny town of Veere.  With a population that you could fit into Leyton Orients average home crowd three times (approx 1,500) Veere homes 3 churches, 2 windmills, a lighthouse and even a castle which is now a youth hostal?! The small port town that once use to be the staple port for Scotland but now the port is more for leisure boats owned by the locals. I think I covered most of the town in a half hours walk making my way past the port and down the lovely cobble stoned alleyways into the ‘main’ square. The main square consisted of about 5 shops each side and also a bar on each side also.

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Seeing as I had around two hours to kill once I had seen all the historic houses and sights I thought it would be rude not to sample one of the cafes even though it was about 10am English time!

Now I am not saying this to gain beer nerd points or to inflate my blogging head BUT I can almost guarantee that the next two bar reviews you will read will be the first time you have ever heard of each of them!

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The first place was ‘t Waepen Van Veere. On one side of the main square, outside it looks like a traditional pub with seating area outside but on the inside you walk into a squeaky clean modern bar interior. Also a hotel ‘t Waepen Van Veere looks like a family run business and although the interior reminded me of a fancy London city bar it still had that warm family atmosphere. They also had a lovely little beer display as decoration with some familiar Belgian beers on display. The real surprise was the beers on draught… Here I am in the most laid back tiny dutch retirement town and my eyes nearly popped out my skull when I saw what beers they had on as I walked in! A full draught selection of La Trappe trappist beers!!!! My inner beer nerd screamed for the quadruple as I have never had it before but my ‘work’ frame of mind reminded me it was 11am local time and I had a whole day of possible passenger conversation so I went with La Trappe witte their wheat beer also a beer I hadn’t had before!

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A nice refreshing fruity wheat beer and I could have very easily worked my way through the other drinks in the hour that I was propping up the bar but I decided to move on. Although the bar across the green was also lovely looking I thought I would have a slow walk back to the vessel, which lead me to stumbling upon…


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De peperboom was clearly a family run tavern with a ships and sailing theme running dominant throughout. A homely looking pub with lots of ship memorabilia and also the familiar scenes of vintage Belgian beer adverts with de halve maan showing popular. Few beers on tap including DeKoninick, a pilsner and Grimbergen Dubbel. Small bottle selection included Westmalle triple and Dubbel, duvel and a strong selection of fruit beers. I had a DeKoninick which I know very well then I took a random pick at one of the bottles, Kriek java by Havle Maan… well… I don’t really like giving bad reviews I would rather just not give a review but this was way to sweet for me and reminded me of a cherry cough sweet! Some times when you drink a lot of different beers like we do you get one you dislike I guess! Not to take anything away from the place though was just a bad random drink pick because this was a lovely homely pub that I really enjoyed. The food that was coming out of the kitchen looked AMAZING!!! I really wish I could have tried some to be honest! Also although I didn’t have a look myself I can see from their facebook page that they have a very impressive beer garden! Which on the day I was there would have been wonderful! Shame on me for not looking!

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I doubt that I will ever get a chance to return to Veere but if anyone gets the opportunity to go there make sure you do and enjoy a very relaxed and pretty town, who knows maybe one day I can retire there!

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This entry was posted on May 18, 2013 by in Beer Reviews, Pub Review, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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