There is a lot of things that you can say about the city of Brussels where being a favorite tourist destination is concerned. The architecture, the mixed cultural base, the history, and of course the Belgium cuisine are all great reasons to visit the city. However, for many international travelers as well as the locals, it is the beers that hold the allure for a lot of people who have never experienced what Brussels has to offer. The following is a list for our top picks where Brussels breweries are concerned.
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Brewer’s House – originally, this was the brewers of Brussels guild headquarters. Today, the Belgian Brewer’s Association is located in an 18th century mansion in the Grand Place in Den Gulden Boom. Today it is more of a museum, but it is well worth visiting because of the overview that it provides the visitor with of the history of the beer brewing industry in the city of Brussels. The museum is located in the cellar of this structure and the upper floors are always closed to the visiting public.
Museum van de Gueuze – Lambik and specialty beers have been produced here ever since 1900. Despite the fact that the quintessential beers of Belgium have primarily been of the Lambik variety, this is the only true brewery of this nature left in the city of Brussels. The tours are all available in English and will delight anyone who appreciates the true art of beer brewing from the containers that the beer is aged in to the bottling machines that are still in use and the tasting room. You’ll be able to experience some of the best Lambiks that this brewery has ever created when you take the tour of this establishment.
A La Mort Subite – locals and tourists alike, whether they are young or old, patronize this café because of the atmosphere as well as the beer. The beer menu offers some of the best in the following categories:
- four of the six Belgian Trappist beers
- Kriek from the Brussels region
Another perk involved here at the A La Mort Subite are the snacks that they offer while you are sampling any of the above. These include the following:
- a creamy white cheese delight served with bread known as bread with platte kaas
- a cold cut assortment called kip kap
- pig’s head meat referred to as kop
The bottom line with the beers of Brussels is that you can find some of the greatest beers in the world here from their famous Flemish Red to the Lambiks of the region and their renowned pale lagers. They are all here and waiting for you to sample them.
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