Find out how to celebrate Belgian National Day in Scotland with free beer

Heverlee Belgian Beer are inviting Scots to try their hand at a continental custom, for a free pint on the house.

Published 21st Jul 2016
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Heverlee Belgian Beer are inviting Scots to celebrate with a free pint on them this Belgian National Day (Thursday 21st July) – but only for people who order their drink like a Belgian.

It’s no secret that Belgium is one of the world’s beer capitals, but lesser known is the shorthand gesture savvy locals use to order a beer in a noisy pub - with a simple raise of the pinkie finger to let the bar tender know they’d like a ‘pinte’.

Now, in celebration of Belgian National Day (21 July), Scottish beer lovers will be able to try their hand at the custom to be rewarded with a pint of Heverlee’s authentic Belgian lager.

Belgian National Day is a chance for Belgians to celebrate their national identity - with a day off work to enjoy street festivals, fireworks and a few beers. And while a trip to the continent to experience it might not be possible for all, select bars across Scotland will be taking part by offering a perfectly poured pint of Heverlee to those who order like a real Belgian.

Joris Brams, Heverlee Master Brewer, said: “My ambition when I started brewing Heverlee was to make something that celebrated all the reasons Belgium is a beer capital and take it to other parts of the world.

"It’s really taken off in Scotland, so our Belgian National Day celebration is our way of saying thanks for that support, in authentic Belgian style of course!”

Participating bars will also serve those who successfully order like a Belgian some authentic Belgian snacks to accompany their beer - with frites, complete with traditional toppings, or Belgian chocolates to help transport them to the cobbled streets of Heverlee’s hometown, near Leuven.

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Anyone who goes into one of the below bars between Belgian National Day (Thursday 21 July) and Sunday 24 July and orders their beer by holding up their hand with their pinkie finger raised will receive a pint of Heverlee on the house:


Munro's, 185 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9EB

Beer Cafe, Merchant Square, 78 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NP

The Hope, 6-8 Waterloo St, City Centre, Glasgow G2 6DA


Sygn, 15 Charlotte Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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