April and Jeff fell in love with Belgium on their trip to Europe in October 2019. Everything from the laid-back lifestyle to the pleasantness of the people to the delicious food and, of course, the beer. This made them want to bring a piece of Belgium back home to Dallas.
One specific thing that stood out was the historic Manneken Pis landmark in Brussels. Every time they walked by the statue they were amazed at the crowds of people from all over the world that came to see him. They knew he had to play a role in the establishment.
Beyond the great beer and the intriguing history, they also discovered bar bites that they had never tasted before. This included Belgian twists on some of the everyday American classics. The country felt like home-away-from-home and April and Jeff wanted to share some of their favorite experiences with their community.
The goal is to make Meyboom Brasserie the go-to pub for the Dallas neighborhood to relax and experience the Belgian pride and attention to detail that goes into every pour. When you think of Meyboom Brasserie, you think, “great beer, delicious bites and your home away from home.”
What is Meyboom?
In the year 1213 Brussels won a beer tax over the nearby city Leuven. Fast forward to 1308, Brussels created a holiday to celebrate. Meyboom is Dutch for “tree of joy.” Every year on the 9th of August the Buumdroegers (“tree bearers”) select a Beech tree just outside the city that is at least 1,300 pounds and is 39-43 feet tall. The tree is then cut down and a ceremony of processional giants moves along a parade route along with the tree. Locals grab small branches and leaves for good luck. Before 5pm the tree must be stood back up at the corner of Rue des Comédiens/ Komediantenstraat and Rue du Marais/ Broekstraat or Brussels will be cursed for the next year. A celebration with copious amounts of beer ensues in the bars. This tradition has occurred annually since 1308, surviving multiple wars and pandemics and other challenges. Brussels has not yet been cursed.
9 August 2017 (Meyboom)