Visit a brewery!

Beer and Brussels are inextricably linked. It’s not for nothing that Belgian Beer culture has been listed as a part of humanity’s world heritage, and there are countless bars and restaurants in the capital where beer plays a prominent role. There are also beer festivals where you can discover beer from Belgium and further afield. For interesting anecdotes on beer brewing, the different types of beer and the almost endless range of Belgian beers (and beer glasses), the Schaerbeek Beer Museum is a must-visit. But beer in Brussels is far from being resigned to museums and history books. The number of breweries in Brussels is rising fast, and young initiatives that are pioneering and innovative when it comes to the approach they use and the beer they produce, are appearing alongside the established, older, traditional breweries. You simply can’t leave Brussels without visiting one of its breweries!

  • Cantillon Brewery and the Brussels Museum of the Gueuze

  • The Cantillon brewery is a family business that brews lambic, gueuze, faro and kriek beers and where their artisanal process has not changed since the brewery was established in 1900. Lambic beers are spontaneous fermentation beers, the oldest and most primitive way to turn sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Lambics were traditionally made in Brussels and in the Pajottenland, in the province of Flemish Brabant, just west of Brussels, and these are the last places where old gueuze, old kriek or faro are still brewed. The traditional brewing process is the only of its kind in the world. Cantillon Brewery and Museum unravel the mysteries behind the lambic brewing process.

    Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 > 17:00, closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
    Rue Gheude-Gheudestraat 56, 1070 Bru| +32 (0)2 521 49 28 | info@cantillon.be | www.cantillon.be

  • Brasserie de la Senne

  • The beers of the Brasserie de la Senne are produced by two Brussels natives Yvan de Baets and Bernard Leboucq who are first and foremost passionate beer fanatics. They work in an artisanal brewery and for them, brewing traditional, unfiltered, unpasteurised, additive-free, high-quality natural beer is a point of honour. These complex-flavoured beers with strong personalities have real character. They ferment again in the bottle or in the cask, which guarantees that they keep for long and their flavour evolves. The names of the Brasserie de la Senne beers shows their love for Brussels: Zinnebir, Brusseleir, Stouterik, Saison Meyboom, Brussels Calling, and their quirky vision of Brussels is never far away, with the Taras Boulba and Jambe-de-Bois beers.

    Visits for groups only, minimum 15 people (booking required)
    Chaussée de Gand-Gentsesteenweg 565, 1080 Bru | +32 (0)2 465 07 51 | info@brasseriedelasenne.be | www.brasseriedelasenne.be

  • Brussels Beer Project

  • This young Brussels company offers atypical beers that were created through a dialogue with a community of passionate beer lovers. A new wind has been blowing for a few years now – daring, bold and creative – that has the courage to challenge taste. Professional brewers the world over are welcome in Brussels to create new tastes and push new boundaries. You will find a whole spectrum of choice, from Russian Imperial Stout to a mix of classic Belgian tastes with new world influences: beer that perfectly reflects cosmopolitan Brussels.

    Taproom open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 14:00 > 22:00
    Rue Dansaert-Dansaertstraat 188, 1000 Bru | keepintouch@beerproject.be | www.beerproject.be

  • En Stoemelings

  • Nestled in the Marolles lies the En Stoemelings brewery, where a variety of 100% traditional and local beers are brewed. This completed un-automated process produces some 600 bottles per week! The whole process of pouring, bottling, storage, purchase, sale and clean-up is done by hand. The fact that they are located in the heart of Brussels is key: the distribution is primarily local and focuses on sale in the brewery itself and a handful of Brussels beer shops. Another typically Brussels feature is the name of the brewery, along with the names of the beers it produces, like Curieuse Neus, Geele Tram, Chike Madame, etc. which showcases the Brusseleir dialect.

    Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 > 18:00
    Rue du Miroir-Spiegelstraat 1, 1000 Bru| contact@enstoemelings.be | enstoemelings.be

  • Beerstorming

  • Beerstorming invites everyone to try their hand at developing and brewing their own beer. It is a place where creations, ideas and opinions come together. What this means in practice, is that anybody can spend an evening studying the brewing process and discussing various ideas with brewers who offer their advice, and then together they can create a unique beer in the microbrewery. Every quarter, the 5 recipes with the most votes are presented to a panel, which then chooses the best so that it can be brewed and sold on a larger scale.

    Wednesday to Friday from 13:00 > 18:00, Saturdays from 14:00 > 20:00
    Chaussée d’Alsemberg-Alsembergsesteenweg 75, 1060 Bru | +32 (0)472 89 74 01 | hello@beerstorming.net | www.beerstorming.net

  • No Science

  • Maxime Dumay and Manuel Mengoni founded No Science, a Brussels micro-brewery with characterful beers, together. This brewery is housed in Greenbizz Brussels and its beers are sold in specialised businesses in the capital. The production includes different crus, which are low in alcohol and sugar, but high in flavour. The basic products are natural and artisanal and primarily made with aromatic hops. A selection of their flagship brews: the Noisy pale-Ale (blond/amber, very aromatic), the Heavy Porter (an English dark beer, bitter and malty), the Artic William (a copper-coloured beer with a light head and fruity taste) and the Pyscho Cascoe (a summer beer, very light and aromatic).

    Friday from 13:00 > 17:00
    Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre-Dieudonné Lefèvrestraat 37, 1020 Bru | +32 (0)484 32 66 82 | info@noscience.be |noscience.be

  • Schaerbeek Beer Museum

  • In 1993, 11 volunteers became the founders and organisers of the Schaerbeek Beer Museum Association. One of the founder members loaned his collection of around 300 bottles of Belgian beers which was the start of the museum collection. The museum was officially "christened" on the 26th March 1994 and opened to the public. Nowadays, the museum offers a collection of over 2000 bottles, many which come with their own matching glass: old beer-making machines, coopers' tools, pub and beer signs, and various publicity materials, old documents…from existing or defunct breweries.

    Wednesday & Saturday from 14:00 > 18:00
    Avenue Louis Bertrand-Louis Bertrandlaan 33-35, 1030 Bru | +32 (0)2 241 56 27 | muschaerbiere@yahoo.fr | www.museeschaerbeekoisdelabiere.be

  • Museum of Belgian Brewers

  • Belgian beer’s rich tradition is kept alive in the museum of Belgian Brewers. Visitors can discover the traditional tools, the brewing and fermentation tanks, brew kettles and the material found in an eighteenth-century brewery. In the cosy café, memories of days gone by are brought back to life. Old tankards, antique porcelain and the paraphernalia from an old inn illustrate what undoubtedly deserves to be called "Belgian Beer Culture".

    Every day from 10:00 > 17:00
    Grand Place-Grote Markt 10, 1000 Bru | + 32 (0)2 511 49 87 | info@belgianbrewers.be  | www.belgianbrewers.be