The fact that Weesp has a long tradition of brewing special beers is evident. Already in 1333 Menso van Wesepe, originally from Flanders (part of Belgium), had a beer brewery in Weesp. His beer was shipped to numerous places in the Netherlands and had the reputation of healing the sick. Medicinal characteristics were attributed to his spicy. The beer of the so called “Flemish Doctor” was especially popular in the city Leiden.