Belgian Beer Treats

February 10, 2015

Belgium is a small country, but one which is rich in heritage, history and tradition. Over a million tourists flock to the country each year, and one of the main attractions to these visitors is Belgium’s most famous export, beer.

Belgian beer is world-renowned for its taste and quality, with many of its breweries now household names in the UK, including Duvel, Timmermans, Leffe and more.

This has led to Belgium’s bars and cafes becoming something of a pilgrimage site for beer aficionados, and it’s easy to see why, with their warm, classically-European décor and wonderful surroundings, as well as extensive selection of beers on tap and in bottles.

One of Belgium’s most popular tourist destinations is Bruges, and the city is home to a number of breweries, bars, pubs and cafes, including De Halve Maan, the oldest brewery in the city, which dates back to the 16th century. The brewery is now a museum, with a tour costing just €6, which includes beer tasting.

Brugs Beertje is a famous beer-drinkers mecca, where the Good Beer Guide Belgium was supposedly first conceived. The distinguished menu contains over 250 beers to sample, so you can visit time and time again & experience a different taste every time!

Brussels may be the centre of European politics, but as a tourist destination it remains classically Belgian, and that includes its beer culture. Every September the city hosts the Brussels Beer Weekend, where breweries of all sizes are represented, and later in the month the Saint-Gilles Bruxellensis Festival celebrates authentic Belgian beers, giving visitors a more in-depth look at various styles from the region.

Brussels is also home to the record-breaking Delirium bar, with over 2000 beers on tap. The bar claims to stock every new Belgian beer that it can find, and also serves cheeses and sausages – a great accompanying snack.

Elsewhere in Belgium, the Leffe Museum in Leuven shows the connection between Trappist monks and beer brewing, while Lustin’s Museum of Belgian Beers boasts more than 15,700 bottles and glasses of Belgian beers, as well as flags, posters, adverts and beer mats.

Belgium is also famous for its chips and chocolate, so if you’re looking for tasty treats to accompany your beer, then you’re in luck!

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