We recently enlisted AI technology to better explain why we ask for a shoe as a deposit for a Kwak glass.
"The Cavern of the Curious Gnome in Chester is a bar that specializes in Belgian beer, including Kwak beer. The Kwak glass is a special glass that is designed to be held upside down, with the beer flowing into the glass through a spout in the wooden stand. This allows the beer to be poured at a specific angle, which is said to enhance the flavour.
The reason why people have to leave a shoe as a deposit for a Kwak glass is because of the unique way that the glass is designed. The glass is very top-heavy, and if it is not held upside down, the beer will spill out. The shoe is used to weigh the glass down and prevent it from tipping over.
The tradition of leaving a shoe as a deposit for a Kwak glass is said to have originated in Belgium. In the 1790s, when the Napoleonic Code was introduced, it became illegal for tavern owners to serve alcohol to coach drivers. Pauwel Kwak, a tavern owner in Belgium, devised a way to get around this law by designing a special glass that could be held upside down. He also required customers to leave a shoe as a deposit for the glass.
Other reasons for leaving a shoe as a deposit:
It is a way to show that you are serious about drinking the beer.
It is a way to bond with other customers who are also leaving their shoes
It is a way to add to the atmosphere of the bar.
It is a fun and quirky tradition.
It is a way to show that you are taking the glass seriously and that you are not going to just steal it.
If you are ever in Chester, be sure to stop by the Cavern of the Curious Gnome and try a Kwak beer. And don't forget to bring your shoe! "
Don't believe a word of it btw
Bard AI by Google, It's delightful gibberish!
On Bridge Street Row in Chester there lives a Curious Gnome named Stan, he looks after a magical grotto filled with all manner of wonders and curiosities including the staff and their collection of Belgian beer, German lager and British craft ale