If you see Belgium as the country of beer, you can say that Brussels is the beer capital. After a low point at the end of the 20th century, the beer boom in Brussels is growing day by day.
While there isn’t even one brewery yet, the number of independent Brussels breweries that brew at least once built in their own facilities has been steadily increasing over the last fifteen years. Today there are almost independent independent breweries and the market does not seem saturated yet.
In the beginning, most of these new breweries operated in a ‘craft’ spirit with very trendy beers. Today we can conclude that the Brussels market is much more diversified. cantillon is still the oldest and most historical reference of all. Brasserie de la Senne, which opened in 2002, is net further to, sustainable and buildings. The new brewers are not deterred and are making themselves heard. La Mule, for example, produces German-designed beers and has just doubled its production capacity after one year of existence. The Brasserie Surréaliste brewery has opened, opened, Brussels beer project recently has very large installations along the canal and acquired a 1000 m² beer garden.
The historic Lambic is also gradually making a comeback in Brussels. Cantillon is, of course, the greatest undisputed specialist. But other brewers are also making a comeback. The Taymans brewery, which was closed in 1976, has just restarted with the ambition to produce lambic, gueuze and kriek, and other brewers are back in the business.
But all this would be nothing without the arrival of the highly anticipated Belgian Beer World by the summer of 2023. This new temple of Belgian beer will be located in the former stock exchange building, a stone’s throw from the Grote Markt. While there are other beer concepts in the world (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, etc.), they are generally based on only one brand. This will not be the case with the BBW, which is completely comparable to the Belgian beer culture as a whole. On the free accessible ground floor there will be a cafe, a restaurant and a shop. On the upper floor there is more than 6000 m² of interactive exhibition space equal to Belgian beer. The whole is completed by a skybar on the roof of the building. And all the way down, you can even visit the ruins of the 13th-century Franciscan monastery where the legendary beer king Cambrinus is buried.
Fancy a fresh pint?
The first Friday of September – Friday 2 September – is International Beer Day. In Brussels there are a lot of beer bars and breweries, where this holiday can be celebrated extensively. Would you like to get acquainted with the Belgian beer range? Then don’t miss the Belgian Beer Weekend. But before that happens, we will still receive the . from 22 to 28 August Belgian Beer Week in various places in Brussels and the international BXL Beer Fest on August 27 and 28.
** Organizations that organize tours **
Beer my guest
Beer my guest organize tours, tastings and visits to high-quality breweries, for individuals but especially for companies. The concept’s creator comes from the business world and is multilingual, which gives the product that little bit extra for business groups.
beer secret is also run by a woman who offers beer and beer tours in a very relaxed atmosphere. They take activities off the beaten track, experience them with lesser known beers and also make surprising beer-chocolate combinations!
agamalt is a connoisseur of the product. Passionate and curious, he took the time to meet every brewer in the region to get to know all the subtleties of these Brussels brewers. A unique, very personal and sharp approach to the product, with a very sympathetic guide.
Bazaar Sidewalk Valérie adapts her formulas to your wishes, but she mainly introduces you to neighborhoods through the emergence of breweries and cafes. The tastings can be about beer, but also about food. This is just one of the facets of Valérie’s tours of Brussels!