Exploring the Best of Belgian Beer: A Local's Guide to Unveiling Belgium's Hidden Beer Gems
Food & Wine
Belgian beer holds a special place in my heart. Its rich history, diverse flavors and unique brewing techniques have captivated beer enthusiasts from around the world. As a travel advisor, I have had the privilege of discovering the lesser-known treasures of Belgian beer culture. In this guide, I'll take you on a journey through Belgium's beer-soaked streets, offering insights into luxurious accommodations, authentic experiences and hidden culinary delights, ensuring you uncover the true essence of Belgian beer in a way that goes beyond the typical tourist trail.
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Things to do in Belgium
Brewery Hopping in Brussels
Embark on a beer pilgrimage through Brussels, exploring breweries like Brasserie Cantillon and Brasserie de la Senne. Uncover the secrets of traditional brewing methods and sample a wide range of Belgian beer styles.
Trappist Trail in Westvleteren
Venture to the tranquil countryside of West Flanders and visit the Sint-Sixtus Abbey, home to the famous Westvleteren Trappist beer. Take a guided tour, taste the exclusive brews and discover the abbey's serene surroundings.
Ghent Beer Tasting Cruise
Embark on a leisurely boat tour along Ghent's picturesque canals while savoring a selection of Belgian beers. This unique experience offers a relaxed way to explore the city's stunning architecture and beer culture simultaneously.
Beer & Chocolate Pairing Workshop in Bruges
Delight your taste buds with a decadent combination of Belgian beer and chocolate. Attend a workshop in Bruges to learn about the art of pairing these two culinary treasures, guided by experts who will enhance your appreciation for both.
Cycling through Flemish Beer Country
Rent a bike and pedal your way through the beautiful Flemish countryside, passing by idyllic villages and scenic landscapes. Stop at local breweries along the way, indulge in refreshing beers and soak in the authentic Belgian beer culture.
Beer Bike Tour in Leuven
Join a beer bike tour and pedal your way through the charming streets of Leuven, home to the renowned Stella Artois brewery. Enjoy a leisurely ride while sampling delicious beers and learning about the city's beer history.
Beer Spa Experience in Poperinge
Indulge in a unique beer spa experience in the hop-growing region of Poperinge. Immerse yourself in wooden tubs filled with a mixture of warm water, beer and natural ingredients, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate in a truly Belgian way.
Brewery Museum Visit in Mechelen
Explore the impressive Brewery Museum in Mechelen and delve into the city's brewing heritage. Learn about the brewing process, traditional beer production tools, and the fascinating history of Belgian beer through interactive exhibits and guided tours.
Beer & Bike Tour in Antwerp
Combine your love for cycling and beer on a beer and bike tour in Antwerp. Ride through the city's vibrant neighborhoods, stopping at local breweries, beer bars and beer shops to sample a wide range of Belgian brews.
Beer Tasting at Delirium Café (Brussels)
Visit the world-famous Delirium Café, home to an astonishing selection of over 3,000 beers. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, try rare and exotic brews and discover new favorites from Belgium and beyond.
Places to eat & drink in Belgium
Moeder Lambic (Brussels): Known for its extensive beer selection, this cozy bar is a favorite among locals. Discover rare and lesser-known Belgian beers while enjoying delicious food pairings.
Brugs Beertje (Bruges): Step into this iconic brown café and immerse yourself in a cozy atmosphere. With over 300 beers to choose from, including a great selection of Trappist brews, it's a must-visit for beer aficionados.
De Garre (Bruges):e.be/ Tucked away in a narrow alley, this hidden gem serves its famous house beer in small, tulip-shaped glasses. Pair your beer with their mouthwatering cheese and charcuterie platters for an unforgettable experience.
Paters Vaetje (Antwerp): Located near the cathedral, this traditional pub exudes old-world charm. Discover an extensive beer menu featuring Belgian classics and enjoy the cozy ambiance of this local favorite.
De Halve Maan Brewery (Bruges): Visit this historic family-run brewery, famous for its Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrik beers. Take a guided tour to learn about the brewing process and enjoy stunning views of Bruges from their rooftop bar.
Rusteel (Bruges): Located in a picturesque countryside setting, this hidden gem offers a cozy and rustic atmosphere. Enjoy traditional Flemish cuisine paired with local beers, including hearty stews, fresh seafood, and artisanal cheeses.
Kulminator (Antwerp): Step into a beer lover's paradise at Kulminator, a legendary beer bar known for its extensive vintage beer collection. Explore their cellar filled with aged beers and choose from their wide selection of Belgian brews, accompanied by simple yet delicious bar snacks.
De Dolle Brouwers (Esen): Make your way to the small village of Esen to visit De Dolle Brouwers, a family-owned brewery with a charming tasting room. Sample their unique and bold beers, such as Oerbier and Arabier, while enjoying the brewery's relaxed and welcoming ambiance.
De Garde (Brussels): Tucked away in a quiet corner of Brussels, this cozy beer café offers a curated selection of Belgian beers, with a particular focus on lambics and gueuze. Enjoy the intimate setting and knowledgeable staff who can guide you through the diverse beer menu.
Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant (Ghent): Situated along the picturesque Graslei canal, this traditional beer bar features an extensive beer list with over 150 options. Relax on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the scenic views while sipping on a Belgian brew of your choice.
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