Beer of course: the CAVES
This very natural beer without additives, or conservative dyes resembles in many aspects has the Gueuze (more famous beer)
This is a beer of high fermentation posting 5.8 ° of alcohol, of amber color, enough acid will astonish more of an amateur.
She does not consume herself (to my knowledge) anywhere else that in the region .
There exist the breweries at LIER since the 14 ème century, to the 18 ème century it "CAVES" is beer more consummate of the whole region. 1967 brand the closing of the last brewery of the city: the brewery Cuypers and the end of the CAVES. But in 1976 the Gilde of the "Heren van Lier" instills for him a new life: On the directives of the association and according to an original old recipe the brewery Verhaeghe installed to Vichte (Westvlaanderen) start the new production. The CAVES reborn of its ashes. And the result is succulent
Cette bière très naturelle sans additifs, colorants ni conservateurs ressemble en de nombreux aspects a la Gueuze (bière plus renommée)
C'est une bière de haute fermentation affichant 5,8 ° d'alcool, de couleur ambrée, assez acide étonnera plus d'un amateur.
Elle ne se consomme (à ma connaissance) que dans la région de Lier.
Il existe des brasseries à Lier depuis le 14 ème siècle, au 18 ème siècle la "CAVES" est la bière la plus consommée de toute la région. 1967 marque la fermeture de la dernière brasserie de la ville: la brasserie Cuypers et la fin de la CAVES. Mais en 1976 la Gilde des "Heren van Lier" lui insuffle une nouvelle vie: Sur les directives de l'association et selon une recette ancienne originale la brasserie Verhaeghe installée à Vichte (Westvlaanderen) en reprend la production. La CAVES renait de ses cendres. Et le résultat est succulent !
If you are visiting Lier, then try out one of their local specialities: Lierse vlaaikes.
It is a small cake made with bread and sugar and cinnamon and different kind of spices.
Now it might look small and some people look disappointed, expecting it to be a big cake, but don’t get fooled! This little piece of cake is really filling.
What can I say about the taste? You like it or you don’t. Do find out what goes for you!
You can find it in some tavernes or in some bakeries. Ask when you enter one.
The old tradition to buy on the market instead of a shop, lives on in Lier :
* weekly market
every saturday morning you'll find dozens of market stalls on the Grote Markt, Eikelstraat and Zimmerplein. No need to go to a shop, everything you'll need, you'll find here.
* fish market
every thursday morning on the Vismarkt (on the Grote Markt walk toward the St Gummaruskerk, in front of the bridge, turn left). I recommend you to visit the market because of the remarkeble way they sell the fish. They name a high price and then yell rapidly a lower and lower price. Who's first, get's the fish... how longer you wait, the cheaper it gets.
* pigeon market
you can visit it every sunday morning. It's a market of international fame, you'll see lots of germans here to sell their pigeons.
* vegetables & fruit market
every tuesday and thursday morning, next to the station.
* flower market
8 may 2005 from 10 am till 5 pm on the Grote Markt
* evening market
once a year on the Grote Markt, I'll tell you when I know more
* Christmas market
saturday 11 december : 2 - 10 pm
sunday 12 december : 2 - 8 pm
Really beautiful because of the hundreds of lights and christmas trees, lots of food and drink stalls. There's a ferris wheel and saturday you can watch an iglo being build.
Every year in november, the city of Lier goes crazy !
During two weeks, the Grote Markt and the Zimmerplein are full of attractions and foodstalls.
Enjoy a suikerspin (cotton candy), warme rek (nougat), smoutebollen (doughnut balls), ... or a cakewalk, horseriding, fun-fairs, ...
It's quiet expensive, but you can go on wednesdays, that day prices are reduced.
When to go?
from 5 november at 7 pm till 21 november
on wednesday 17 november the mayor will trow gifts from the balcony of the city hall.
When strolling through Lier, you will come across this name more than once. Felix Timmermans was an inhabitant of Lier and a famous Belgian writer whose novels were translated into different languages.
This statue of a shepherd with his sheeps can be found on the right side of the Zimmer tower and refers to the people of Lier being called schapekoppen (sheep heads).
What's the story behind this name?
Long ago, there was room for one more cattle market and university. The cities of Lier and Leuven were selected. Lier was offered first choice, and picked the cattle market because at that time a sheep market (wool) was important for the flourishing textile industry. Leuven got the university.
Unfortunately, the Flemish textile industry lost the battle against foreign competition and died. The university of Leuven, however, has been growing continuously, and is even today a very important university city.
Because of the bad choice made back then, the people of Lier still carry the nick name "schapekoppen" (sheep heads) today.
Lier celebrates St Gummarus the sunday after october 11th (his death).
Every year you'll see a parade of all the catholic clubs in Lier (archery, hunters, scouts, ...) and the silver shrine of the knee of St Gummarus. It is carried trough the city centre, where the streets are packed with people.
White sand and coloured paperpieces decorate the ground.
Absolutely stunning is the big procession of St Gummarus, every 25 year.
The next one will be in 2015.
Another speciality of Lier is Caves. A nice beer, good to drink and also makes a great picture.
See how it is photographed for the page of irisbe.
Caves is a dark gueze like beer. Its history is very long, and can be traced back to the 14th century. When the last brewery (Cuykens) of Lier closed in 1967, it seemed to be over for the Caves too. But the Gilde de Heren van Lier decided in 1976 to let Caves be brewed again. It is now brewed by brewery Verhaeghe.
One of the oldest regional pastries from Belgium is the Lierse Vlaaike
Around 1722 the Liersche Vlaai is already mentioned. In 1890 there was a tradingfair in Lier because of the Sint Gummarus feast. The King Leopold II and Queen Maria Hendrika were offered a Vlaaike by baker Van den Eynde.
The queen tried one and said it was delicious. She asked the baker for the recipe. The baker answered it was a secret.
We know there is clove and sirup in it, but that is it......
Today the bakers are members of a society to ensure the vlaaikens have a constant quality. So if you are in Lier buy some and enjoy !
We already had a brewery in the 14th century and more would follow over the years.
They only brew 'Cnol', a light beer to replace the polluted water those days.
In the 18th century, 'Cnol' was replaced by Caves. Although very popular, due to economic circumstances and war, in the middle of the 20th century Caves was no longer brewed.
Luckely, we decided to restore our tradition!
Almost everywhere you can taste Caves in Lier, but nothing can compare with a nice pint of Caves from the tap.
So, go to café St-Gummarus, Felix Timmermansplein (next to the Grote Markt).
Lierse Vlaaikens are the local sweets and a real tradition. Only bakers in Lier have the recipe and cannot reveal the secret ingredients.
You can buy them at the bakery.
They look like little cupcakes and they taste superb!
The recipe is a well-kept secret, the bakers in Lier are bound by a non-disclosure agreement. So, just try!