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Pauwel Kwak; Not a Quack, but a Genius

It is a pretty big honor to have a beer named for you, so what did Pauwel Kwak do to have a beer named after him? He was a hero to the working coachman.

Pauwel Kwak; Not a Quack, but a Genius

Beer; The Beverage of the Working Man

Back in the days of yore, beer was a thirst-quenching beverage for the working man and just as common as drinking water. Think about it Porter beers named for the hard-working porters of London. Farmhouse Ales originating in the farmhouses of Wallonia to pay the farmhands etc… That’s not to say that it is not thirst-quenching now, but most people wouldn’t have it these days on their lunch break or at work.

 

Kwak for the Coachmen

As people traveled the Belge countryside by coach, it was common to stop at a local inn to sleep the night or to eat a meal. Unfortunately, the poor coachman was not allowed to leave his coach and so could not quench his thirst with his passengers.

An innkeeper named Pauwel Kwak decided to change that. He created a special glass now called a Kwak glass which coachman could hang on their coach and he would come out and fill their glass. (Yes, I know that’s drinking and driving, but keep in mind the ABVs were a lot lower back then so like I said previously beer was more for thirst-quenching as opposed to getting drunk).

 

Kwak Beer Glass Then and Now

The Kwak glass was and still is a 25cm tube with a bulbous, rounded bottom and a flared top held by a wooden holder. It is designed to be hung and not have the beer spill out. It actually couldn’t be placed on a table because then it would spill.

Of course, nowadays the wooden holder has been adjusted so it can be placed on a table and enjoyed with a Brouwerij Bosteels Pauwel Kwak beer in a bar. A true novelty of a glass that just makes drinking a Kwak beer so much more fun.

 

Here’s an example of what it looked like. This is how Kwak gets distributed around Buggenhout, Belgium.

 

 

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