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 Object 2018
Blown glass.
310 x 240 mm.

The North of France is historically a land of brewers. In the past, most communes had their own brewery, with their estaminets nearby. In 1914, the region had nearly 2,000 breweries, compared to about 40 today. The estaminets are located in Belgium and in the North of France (more than 300 in the Hauts-de-France) ; they are part of the cultural heritage.

 

The word "estaminet" comes from the term "stam", which means "family" or "group of regulars" in Flemish. This is the place where people meet around a drink, where they get together as a family. Then these places were opened to catering, proposing a family kitchen.

 

In the 18th century, the estaminet was exclusively restricted to men "who came to drink, smoke and remake the world".

At the beginning of the 19th century, the estaminet, a place of relaxation for workers, was also a meeting point for societies, families, friends and foreigners. In 1802, the French Academy defines it as an "assembly of drinkers and smokers".

 

Nowadays, the estaminet refers to typical taverns, inns and breweries of the North. It serves typical food and drinks of the region (especially beer), and it also offers tobacco and traditional games.

The estaminets are, above all, places of conviviality, family places, places of life.

 

Each one has its own style, with an interior decoration more or less rich, but always warm : it is typical, rustic and traditional, steeped in history. There are hops suspended from the ceiling, old kitchen utensils, mugs, bocks (beer mugs), beer coasters, various beer brand advertising items, enamelled plates, etc.

 

Hops suspended in estaminets reflect a true brewing tradition.

This vase takes up this typical and traditional decoration, which uses the ceiling to suspend the dried plant, whilst being inspired by the specific form of hops cones.