Join us for a journey back in time, tracing the history of the hop since it was first used some 500 years ago. See and learn for yourself how important hops still are for their medicinal value. At the same time, discover the present-day growing of this unique plant set in the glorious countryside of Proven. At ‘t Hoppecruyt the hop grower will show you around both in the gardens and on the farm, even explaining about the hop harvester and the oast-house in the process. All in all, one and a half hours of fascinating stories about hops and hop growing. During the hop shoot season (March-April) you can sample the freshly-cut hop shoots straight from the field.
From May we focus on the various fascinating insects living on the bines, while early summer heralds the delightful flowering season of the hop. September is the month of months, when the hop harvest is in full swing. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience with age-old folksongs rekindled, songs that were popular with the thousands of hoppers who used to pick the harvest by hand.
Whichever season you choose, your visit will be rounded off with the tasting of a unique hop brandy.
Educational visits for school parties available.