Bruges For Beer Lovers

If you love beer, you’ll be in heaven in Bruges. The city’s overflowing with bars that serve a huge range of local brews. There’s everything from Trappist ales to fruit beers, and rich stouts to Flemish reds.

De Halve Maan, which means the Half Moon, is the city’s only family-run brewery these days. The same family have been brewing in Bruges for centuries, and they named their Brugse Zot beer after the city. You can take a 45 minute brewery tour which includes a trip up onto the brewery’s rooftop for a panoramic view across Bruges. The tour’s followed by a beer tasting, and you can eat your beer as well as drinking it with the beer-inspired dishes in their restaurant.

If you want to take beer home with you, then the 2be beer shop on Wollestraat 53 is a good place to stock up. It sells a huge range of beers and there’s also a ‘wall of beer’ to show off their collection of beer bottles and glasses. The shop’s terrace along the canal is a great spot for you to sit in the sun and sip a refreshing beer.

‘T Brugs Beertje on Kemelstraat is a shrine to beer, with walls decorated with beer-related posters and vintage adverts. They have over 200 different brews, and the owner’s a brewing lecturer so there’s not much he doesn’t know about beer.

Vlamingstraat’s ‘T Poatersgat translates as ‘the Monk’s hole’. It’s in the cellars of a historic building, where you can try some great Trappist beers by candlelight.

Or head to De Garre, a medieval-style bar that’s hidden away down Bruges’ narrowest street. It’s the only place you can get the Garre Tripel beer. You’ll be given a side of local cheese to soak up the potent 11% brew, and you’re only allowed to have three glasses of it.