Brewer's House (Brussels - Belgium)

On one side of the Brussels Town Hall in Grand Place, is the Belgium Beer Museum aka Brewer's House. Its a tiny little museum which houses all equipment for beer making. The entire museum is within a beer cellar and that just feels authentic. 
This was built in 1695-98. The whole place is in 3 section - the tasting area, old section & new section. The old section was very intriguing with the good old huuuge casket's with its oar sized laddle, the old wooden barrels, ceramic containers & mugs. Another area in this section has the carts, whips, horseshoes, etc that were used in the horse carriages used to transport beer. Also there were the good old fire place with blowers. 

Beyond this, the next section is the modern section where the modern equipment used in beer manufacturing are kept in display. Here's also a video that shows the festivities associated with the opening of Pride Beer in Brussels & beer manufacture as well.

Beer as it is, is very old, and the origins can be dated back to Mesopotamian civilization. The word 'beer' has its root in 'bier' which means 'to drink' in dutch, and that terminology happened since about 15th C CE. Belgian beer is manufactured in 4 ways - top fermentation, bottom fermentation, spontaneous fermentation & combined fermentation.
The varieties vary from strong to light to blond to amber to brown to fruity to bitter to acid and many more. Belgian beer culture not only stops in its varieties, but also serving style. Each and every type of beer has its own type of glass and has to be served in a certain style. And ofcourse, each type of beer has its own suggested combination of appetizer to go with.

However if you've already been to Heineken Experience or Scotch Whisky Experience or other similar places, this may not feel that exquisite. It is really tiny. Its more like an exhibition of the equipment than a working demo. However at €5 entry that includes a glass of authentic Belgian beer, its totally worth it. Yeah, at the end of the visit, you get to taste a pint of one of their 3 options of beer, served from an old ceramic beer tap & this is the lightest one.

To Get There:
Refer my earlier post.
Entry ticket: €5
Free entry as a part of Brussels Card

P.S: I was invited by VisitBrussels - Brussels Card to experience the city for review purposehowever the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

10 comments:

  1. Interesting place with history. Although since we are not beer drinkers, we probably will not be visiting this one, especially on our first visit to Brussels.

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  2. This seems like you're living in the past because of those old equipments. I like the ambience, this must be a great place to chill after a tiring day.

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  3. Oh my, what an interesting and educational place to visit! I've always been fascinated by historical structures and this is one destination I'd love to visit someday.

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  4. OMG the place look so vintage and it's like you've time traveled from somewhere in the past. I love the architecture, the vibe and of course the drinks. I wish i can visit this place someday! :)

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  5. Another ancient look location to visit in Belgium. I haven't to Brussels, though but would love go there someday.

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  6. I remember visiting a commercialized brewery. This one's better as it has a more personalized touch.

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  7. I made an ebook before about how to brew beer. It was for a client but I never really got my hands into brewing. The way they do it in Brussels is just so grand! Wow! Grander than just simply brewing some beer at home. Wish to visit Belgium someday and see this in person.

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  8. Wow, 3 years in the making... the place sure have been structured with quality. Plus the type of beer they brew, it is something beer lover would love to give a try! I am not that a beer enthusiast as any type of beer will work for me and I didn't know that there are different types of it. Anyhow, this is something to give a try particularly for those who would be visiting belgium.

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  9. Oh, a what a wonderful brewers house! I am dreaming of visiting a place like this one.

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