Many people come to Belgium to find out why we are so great in producing beer. We have the tradition and the legendary authenticity to do it. Even in ancient history the women were the brewers. Man started commercialize it, and it became a man’s thing. But still today we have a quite some female brewers in Belgium.
What we offer in this tour, is an insight in the variety of breweries. We do not visit the big production breweries. When you see one, you see them all. We go to the local artisan ones and the family-brewers. These are the backbone and the future of the Belgian beers. Specialty-beers at their finest: we explain the use of American hops and different malt-combinations for Belgian-style beers, where do we buy the yeast, etc…
The day would have an itinerary like this:
*Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels) http://brasseriedelasenne.be/?lang=en
*Brouwerij Den Triest (Kapelle op den Bos) http://www.dentriest.be/
*Brouwerij Het Anker (Mechelen) http://hetanker.be/en/brewery
*Brasserie Cantillon (Brussels) http://www.cantillon.be/br/3_1
*Beer-tasting and bar-hopping in the afternoon
In the morning:
We start with a visit at 9 AM for our first tasting at Brasserie de la Senne. They make the very known Zinnebir, a typical Brussels beer. The Geuze is also a typical Brussels beer. Visits in the brewery it selves are only possible on Saturdays. For tasting a beer, they are open. We can see the micro-brewing-hall from the bar.
After the visit, we continue our tour to brewery Den Triest at Kapellen op den Bos. This is a micro-brewery in the middle of nowhere. The brewer, Marc Struyf, will receive us in his private garden and cosy Belgian style bar. He will explain what he does with American hops and Belgian beers. He is very open in telling people how to brew at home, but also never afraid to open a new big bottle. Even soon, he will open a brewery in the States, or at least in cooperation with some fellow American brewers. We will taste around 4 beers there, but once there…there are no limits, because of his enthusiasm.
Around 12 AM, we arrive at the family-brewery the Anker in Mechelen for lunch. This authentic brewery dates back from the 15th century and is now in family possession since 1872, so 5 generations. It’s situated in the Beguinage. Before lunch, we visit the brewery, where we have a fantastic panoramic view over Mechelen. This great city was once the capital of the Netherlands in the 15 and 16th century. Here we taste the Golden Carolus Triple and the Carolus Classic.
We have lunch at the Brasserie. One of my favorite dishes is the beef-stew made with the dark Carolus Classic. This gives us also a chance to taste the Maneblusser of 5,8% with the real authentic frites and mayo. A delicious light beer by the way ….After lunch, we drive back to Brussels and visit the Cantillon-brewery. It’s the museum of the Geuze beer. We have also 2 tasting there.
After lunch, we drive back to Brussels center and taste some more beers. This tour is a walking tour throughout the center, visiting some iconic bars. We taste each of us half beers, because we taste all day already quite some amount of Belgian beers. It’s about tasting of course.
By the end of the day, I drop you off in a nice typical Brussels restaurant to have a degustation-menu. This means that you can taste several different kinds of Belgian and Brussels dishes, paired with good beers. Lupulus is one of my favorites and pairs with many dishes. We can make a compilation out of Mussles, Stoemp, Waterzooi fish, Beefstew, Chicken Volaille, Shrimps…
Prices for the day-tour:
185 euro per person (from 2-4 people) (not on Mondays)
130 euro per person (from 5-8 people)
- Minibus rental, fee guide/driver, all beer-tastings, entrance fees breweries, insurance, mileage, fuel.
- Lunch at the Anker in Mechelen, gifts, tips, beers to take home or drink in the hotel.
- Degustation menu at Brussels, price per person for degustation-menu: 35 euro +/-
- Drinks at restaurant not included.