One of my favorite things about living in London is just how many other European capitals you can visit for the weekend, including Brussels! When we went to Brussels in August we also did a day trip to Bruges, which you make recall, I have been to before. The first time I went to Bruges, Belgium I had no intention of visiting a brewery, not only do I not drink beer but the night before I had done a beer tour in Brussels so I was more than good enough. However, when three separate people recommended it I bit the bullet and toured the central brewery in town, Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres, which you can find here.
This time on I decided to tour the other brewery, the older more famous one, De Halve Maan Bruges Brewery, and I wanted to share a few photos from our tour. If you are going to do one, I would recommend the De Halve tour – a real life guide beets an audio guide all day long in my book plus the view from the top of the brewery was quite beautiful and there is no other way you would get that same view of Bruges. (Additionally, if a tour is not your thing, you can walk in and getting a drink from the bar at the De Halve Maan Bruges Brewery without a long queue, just pay for the price of the beer).
And after seven years of blogging I have come to realise you don’t really want me to recap the entire tour of how they make the beer (here’s a hint, it’s basically the same world over – hoops, yeast, water, and barely) but rather show you pictures from the tour and a few facts on what made this one different from the more iconic Guinness Brewery in Dublin or the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam, for instance. And now come to think of it for a girl that does not drink beer I have been on quite a few brewery tours in recent years. The tour was very informative and at the end you are rewarded with a beer of your choice from their collection for all of your hard work.
Would you visit the De Halve Maan Bruges Brewery?