As mentioned when I went to Bruges earlier in the Summer I took the advice of locals and paid a visit to the Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres. As opposed to just having a beer I decided to go fully monty and take the tour and spent 30 minutes learning all about the terrific beer. And because the website said it best – the Bourgogne des Flandres creates a beer that is, “a typical example of the Flemish beer blending tradition with old and young beer being mixed judiciously to achieve a perfect balance.” Unlike the Heineken factory it is brewed on site, aged for eight months in wooden barrels, and for Belgian beers has a very low alcohol content at 5%.
The brewery has had a few different homes over the years but only recently moved back to its current location on the canal in the heart of the city. The tour was good fun, as the Brits say, and at the end of the tour you will get a free Bourgogne des Flandres and enjoy a wonderful view of the Bruges canals. Take a look at a few shots from my brewery tour:
And then even though I tried the traditional Bourgogne des Flandres dark beer. The Timmermans Brewery cheery beer was absolutely terrific and I really enjoyed the traditional Sweedish meatballs.
Have you ever been on a brewery tour?