|Noose-bearers during the "Gentse Feesten"|
|The tower of Mechelen "on fire"|
The festivities went on for some time, Maximilian saw everybody happy, partying, going crazy. The mayor saw that Max had a smile on his face and knew this was the moment to ask if it wasn’t possible to allow fairs and markets again. And maybe (Max had to be in a good mood, with the beer flowing abundantly) if there was a chance for the construction of a new ‘madhouse’. The legend says that Maximilian answered: “You don’t need a new madhouse, just close the gates of the city”.
The name “fools of Bruges” was born.
Just so you’d know: “mad” or “crazy” wasn’t a referral to being nuts of insane. It’s referring to the quirky character of the people of Bruges, with their love of humor and partying.
Brugse Zot is a very nice beer to try !