At the Bierkade and Dunne Bierkade you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer on a terrace boat in the spring and summer. Have you ever thought about why this street is called that way? Are we so crazy about beer that a street had to be named after it? We’ll find out.
In the 17the century, The Hague changed rapidly; shipping became important, because much trade was done by water. That is why more canals and other waterways were created in The Hague.
The quay on the side of the center was called the Bierkaay. Why? Because only beer could be sold here that was not brewed in The Hague.
Beer was not allowed to be brewed in The Hague at that time because it was not officially a city. The beer mainly came from Delft and could only be traded and unloaded at the Bierkade so that the payment of excise duties could be properly monitored.
The heavy beer was traded at the Oude or Grote Bierkade and that of lesser quality at the Kleine (now Dunne) Bierkade.
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