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Based in Ypres, Brouwerij Kazematten is a new brewery with serious historical roots. Run by the daughter of the owner of St. Bernardus and the son of the manager of Rodenbach, the brewery’s name, Kazematten, comes from the 17th century fortifications which were used during WWI as an officer’s mess by the British Army (kazematten means ‘casements’ or defence works).
Kazamatten’s first brews are named after The Wipers Times, the irreverent trench newspaper put together by British soldiers in Ypres. Brewing only with local hops and with a huge nod to local history, Kazemattan have adorned their bottles with a picture of the Blessed Thistle, the herb on the front page of The Wipers Times. Said to have healing properties, it is also used to impart flavour to the beer.