Belgian Beer Tourism
Collected by Alison Cornford-Matheson, AFAR Local Expert
If people know only one thing about Belgium it's that Belgians make the world's best (and most varieties of) beer. Many of the small, local breweries make great travel destinations too. Whether they are beautiful abbeys, or tiny dusty brasseries, you can find something for everyone by exploring Belgium through beer.
Rue Gheude 56, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium
No trip to Belgium is complete without experiencing the Belgian beer culture. The best place in Brussels to take a look at beer history is the Cantillon Brewery. Even as a non beer drinker, it’s a fascinating place to visit. One of the things that...
This is a weekend dedicated to Belgian beers. Small and big breweries present their beer on the Grand-Place. The entrance is free, the tastings have to be paid. And if you are not a beer fan, go for the amazing, fresh oysters sold by different...
Korianderstraat 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Belgium is known for a lot of things and fine beer is near the top of that list. Given how popular beer is I was surprised to learn that there’s only one operating brewery in Ghent itself, but what a brewery it is. The Gruut Brewery is relatively...
Orval 1, 6823 Florenville, Belgium
You cannot visit the current Orval Abbey but for a small fee you can visit the Orval Abbey ruins. By the 12th century, this Cistercian abbey isolated in the Gaume Forest had become one of the most famous and richest in Europe. After a film on...
Côte Marie-Thérèse 86, 5500 Falmignoul, Belgium
As a fan of all things artisanal, nothing excites me more than stepping into a place that looks the same as it did 100 years ago. When my eyes adjusted to the dim light, inside the Brasserie Caracole, I could see this Belgian brewery was just such...
Antwerpsesteenweg 496, 2390 Westmalle, Belgium
Westmalle is one of the six Trappist beers brewed in Belgium. Like with the others, the monastery and the brewery cannot be visited but they do have a restaurant right across the street. It's large and has an indoor part and outdoor part. On the...
3930 Saint-Benedictus Abbey, Belgium
Achel Brewery has become my favorite Trappist brewery today. The monastery is not available for visits but the restaurant is very nice, can accommodate allot of people and the food is simple but delicious. Here I tried, for the first time ever,...
Donkerstraat 13, 8640 Vleteren, Belgium
The Sint-Sixtus Abbey is the most remote of the six remaining Trappist breweries, making it rare to find its beers anywhere other than Café in de Vrede, the restaurant across the street from the abbey. So rare if fact that the café’s take-away...
Walplein, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Sivan Askayo visited Flanders as a guest of Visit Flanders. Did you know there are 700 kinds of beer brewed in Belgium? Neither did I, but I was happy to find out about it when I visited the family brewery, De Halve Maan, and took a guided tour....
Chaussée de Mons 28, 7904 Pipaix, Belgium
Other than their main beer, Bush, the Dubuisson Brewery also has another called Cuvée des Trolls and, you guessed it, they have a troll on the label. As a matter of fact in the basement of one part of the brewery complex, under the restaurant,...
Tiensestraat 8, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
At the beginning of the century there were around four thousand breweries in Belgium. Domus brewery was opened in September 1985 and is one of the few independent breweries left in Leuven. Most of them closed down or were bought by the giant...
Rue d'Houdeng 20, 7070 Le Roeulx, Belgium
The St. Feuillien brewery that we can visit today was founded in 1873 by Stéphanie Friart. In the recent years they have been under constant renovation combining the restoration of a nineteenth-century industrial heritage with modern facilities....
Chaussée de Louvain 896, 1140 Evere, Belgium
For years, my husband and I complained there was no one-stop shop in Brussels where you could buy all of the wonderful artisanal products from small, local, producers around Belgium. Recently we discovered Fraysse; the exact shop we had been...
Rue de l'Enseignement 57, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
If you want a Belgian Beer experience that doesn’t involve crowds of drunken stag-parties and tourists, head to the Bier Circus. Brussels beer aficionados head here to find rare Belgian beers and traditional dishes like Stoofvlees (beef stewed in...