The 5 best local beers and where to drink them in Brussels
1) Cantillon Geuze
The first sip comes as a shock, but this classic Brussels sour beer may gradually win you over. It’s brewed in an authentically old Brussels brewery down by the Midi Station using a traditional process that goes back centuries. It’s sometimes called the Champagne of beers, yet Cantillon is sold in less than a dozen Brussels bars.
This light Belgian ale with a hint of hops is gaining a following in Brussels, partly due to the beautiful label. It is brewed by the Brasserie de la Senne, which launched in rural Flanders but moved in 2010 to industrial Molenbeek.
3) La Lanterne
The tiny L’Ermitage urban brewery has been creating interesting craft beers in a former cigarette factory in the heart of Anderlecht since 2017. Their beer list include an American-style IPA called La Lanterne as well as some experimental beers. They offer tastings in their industrial-style taproom most Saturdays. You can also find the beers in independent Brussels cafes.
Olivier de Brauwere and Sébastien Morvan launched a new craft beer called Delta in the summer of 2013. Supported by crowdfunding, they have gone on to develop several other beers, including Dark Sister and the lovely German-style Grosse Bertha. They create their beers in a brewing lab located in an abandoned brewhouse in downtown Brussels, open from Thursday to Saturday.
5) Curieuse Neus
Named after an old Brussels expression meaning ‘on the sly’. En Stoemelings craft brewery was launched back in the summer of 2015 by Denis Van Elewyck and Samuel Languy. Founded in the Marolles, the brewery moved to a larger space in the Tour et Taxis district in 2017.
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