The British newspaper The Guardian highlights ten places not to miss in Brussels where you can taste Belgian beers pulled on tap. Here is the route to follow with moderation.
1. At just a short stride from the Grand Place, The Sister (3 Rue Chair et Pain) holds a stock originating from over 70 organic Belgian breweries in a space which is also used for art exhibitions, salsa dancing and yoga.
2. In the pleasant Place Fontainas, a few minutes from the crowd circling the Manneken Pis statue, you can find Moeder Lambic, a bar of unmissable artisan beers for enthusiasts of Gueuze beer.
3. Not far from Brussels Midi-train station, where the Eurostar and Thalys operate, L’Ermitage (24 Rue Lambert Crickx), an old cigarette factory was transformed into an artisan brewery in 2017. They serve creative beers with labels designed by local artist Krump.
4. BrewDog Brussels moved in two years ago near Brussels Central Station into a massive space, the former head office of the national airline Sabena. It’s a bar with enormous windows and high ceilings where a crowd of beer enthusiasts rush in for party nights.
5. As a true place of pilgrimage, the Brasserie Cantillon (56 Rue Gheude) lets your discover the production secrets of fermented beers with the aid of “wild” yeasts, designed with wheat and organic barley, just like the cherries and raspberries of the famous Kriek and Gambrinus.
6. En Stoemelings (37 Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre), which in the local dialect means “on the sly”, is an appropriate name to describe this micro-brewery where the first beers were brewed in a bathtub. La Curieuse Neus is fantastic.
7. In a neighbourhood connected to Sainte-Catherine, a frame production atelier was itself transformed into a brewery with top-notch technology, the Brussels Beer Project. There, we can enjoy strange and amazing beers in glasses which were specially designed.
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8. To taste dishes created with artisan beers, Restobières (9 Rue des Renards) is the perfect setting to recharge, with a menu that includes Rabbit in Gueuze and Hercules Stout chocolate mousse.
9. Just outside of the city centre, in Molenbeek, Brasserie de la Senne (565 Chaussée de Gand), is a place not to be missed for real enthusiasts of traditional Belgian beers with a small touch of fantasy.
10. We will finish this festival with La brocante, on the edge of the picturesque flea market in the Place du Jeu de Balle. This bar separates itself from others with its remarkable selection of artisan beers, where some limited editions are reserved for enthusiasts.