Ghent, 3 February - Overpoortstraat in Ghent has been empty and quiet for 10 months now. With Filou, the fun-filled Belgian 'Strekenbier', the café owners in this popular student neighbourhood made a Covid-safe toast to draw attention to their situation.
This was an initiative by ‘Gentse Tappers’, a non-profit organisation that brings together the 35 catering businesses at Overpoort. Our brewery has a close relationship with the non-profit organisation, so we did not hesitate for a moment to support this activity. We gave every pub and restaurant a large Filou glass with a capacity of no less than 3 litres. All the owners put a tealight in the glass as a symbol of hope. They then sat down in front of the closed doors of their establishment, while holding the glass.