5 of Belgium’s Best Brewery Tours

July 17, 2015

Belgium is known for taking its beer seriously, and with many of the world’s most prestigious beer brands coming from the country, it’s easy to see why. Most British people will be familiar with popular brands such as Stella Artois or Duvel, but scratch the surface and there is so much more to discover, as Belgian breweries make some of the most interesting, distinctive and innovative beers around.

De Haalve Maan

De Haalve Maan brewery in Bruges is most famous for its Brugse Zot beer and has been run by the same family for centuries. De Haalve Man runs tours of its brewery between 11am and 4pm every day, available in English, French, Dutch and German. The tour costs 8 euros, takes 45 minutes and includes a free taster of Brugse Zot beer.

Brasserie Cantillon

Also known as Brusells’ Museum of the Geuze, due to its famous production of geuze beers, Brasserie Cantillon provides a fascinating insight into the traditional brewing methods of classic Belgian beers. Wander past old machinery, unchanged for centuries, as well as barrel after barrel full of lambic, kriek, framboise and more, then enjoy a free glass of beer at the end of the tour, all for 7 euros!

De Graal Brewery

Travelling in a bigger group? De Graal brewery charges just 30 euros for a group of up to 10, including a free glass of beer for every attendee, with extra drinks available for 1 euro. Located in Brakel, just outside of Brussels, it is wise to make a reservation, as the brewery is popular with tourists and can be busy!

Oud Brewery

For a more modern example of Belgium’s brewing expertise, pay a visit to the Oud brewery in the aptly-named Beersel. Available on the first Saturday of the month between 11am and 12.30pm, this tour will give you a rundown of brewing methods for a variety of beers, including geuze, tripel, kriek and many more.

Gruut Brewery

Located in Ghent, the Gruut brewery has a few different brewery tour options available, starting from just 9 euros, including tours with a meal, tours with a boat trip and tours where you can create your own beer! Meals available include traditional Belgian stews, vol-au-vent, fries and more, all washed down with delicious Belgian beer.

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