Belgian Brewers Museum
First thing to consider when visiting Brussels museums is the Brussels Card. It will most likely save you time and money.
Discover why Belgian’s love beer and why the country has become home of beer, brewing over 400 varieties of beer every year. This museum was built into the basement of the Brewers’ House, the guild house or trade association of brewers in Belgium. For a fixed price (or free with the Brussels Card) you can explore brewing equipment, watch a video about beer and sample a light or special beer at the bar at the end of the tour.
The tour begins downstairs as you enter the Brewers’ House (Het Brouwershuis or La Maison des Brasseurs) and turn left down a narrow set of stairs into the basement. Its dark interior will remind you of middle age taverns, with large wooden barrels, tables and chairs. A barman will greet you with a booklet about beer (English, French and Dutch) and let you know that after your tour, you can sample a free beer.
Once you have explored and taken photos of medieval beer-making instruments move into the backroom where you will be greeted with modern equipment, giant vats and pipes. A video in English plays on loop to give you an idea of the history, process, ingredients, types of beer and recipes featuring beer. The video lasts about 45 minutes so sit tight.
At the end of the video you will understand why appreciation of beer in Belgium is equivalent to the appreciation of wine in France. There are different beer glasses for each beer, and a special serving method for each beer. The art of brewing beer is taken very seriously; and to this day, traditional barrel fermentation still exists so that drink you hold in your hand has been specially stored in a barrel for months before packaging.
The Brewer’s House is quite a small museum, quaint but friendly. After learning all about beer, you will want to venture out into the restaurants and tell your friends what they’re drinking!
Open everyday from 10am to 5pm, weekends open from 12pm.
Price includes entry and a beer at the bar.
Location in Brussels
The Museum of Belgian Brewers (Le Musée des Brasseurs Belges) is to the left of the Town Hall in a baroque style building decorated with golden bas-relief of barley. At the top of the building is a statue of Charles of Lorraine riding a horse and flanked by two dolphins.
Belgian Brewers’ Museum
Grand Place 10