Since june 1991 the 4 ha large park of the ministry houses the Tuinen van Hoegaarden: more than 20 thematic gardens hidden between the century old trees of the park. Hoegaarden gardens form an elegant collection of plantings and garden elements that may inspire the visitors. Cosy corners with original plantings, pergolas and and ponds make it a...more
The Flemish Show Gardens are a series of gardens, each of them themed. You follow a route from the guide book which takes you around the various gardens - the book is not in English, but there is a (free) photocopied translation of the text, so you can follow that.Entrance to the gardens was about 6 Euro.more
The tour continues into the brewery to see all the stages of the brewing process before eventually ending up at the bottling plant - where most of the beer ends up too.After that, there's an interactive gallery where you take your own time with the "hands on" displays, which provide some more interesting information about the beer and brewing.more
The tour starts with an explanation of the history of the brewery and its beers, and even a discussion about how the beer should be presented and served. There's a nice question-and-answer feel to it, and it's multi-lingual, so we didn't feel left out of it.After that we go into "the beer garden" - here all the ingredients of the beer can be seen...more
This is the bar/restaurant attached to the Hoegaarden brewery. Once owned by the brewery it is now independently owned and operated.It specialises in beer cuisine - cookery making use of beers, and especially those of Hoegaarden. We didn't have a full meal here, but Caro persusaded me (and believe me I didn't need much persuading) to have their...more
Het Kouterhof is the bar/restaurant attached to the Hoegaarden Brewery. It's very nice indeed, with a very pleasant interior of valuted brickwork and open fireplaces. I imagine it will be a very cosy place on a winter evening.
If you have done the Hoegaarden Brewery Tour (and why would you not?) then you will have a voucher for a free beer here. I suggest you make use of it, and also try some of the food while you're here (which no doubt is the intention!). I can highly recommend the Sabayon - it's really to die for.
Dress Code: Casual
As strangers in a foreign land, we were chauffered around by our friend B_Caro.
This was a nice experience, as we could just sit back and enjoy the scenery, some of which was very nice indeed, and something that we had not seen on our previous journeys to Belgium.
Though I'm loathe to admit it, she was an excellent driver, way better than I am myself :-S
This is quite a small shop, and it's where you start and end the brewery tour. On sale here is the full range of beers from Hoegaarden, together with the correct glasses for drinking them from, and a range of labelled clothing.
What to buy: I wanted a bottle of the DAS beer, beacuse I'd never had it before, and of course the glass to go with it. The beer was only available in 6 bottle packs, but at about 3 euro for the pack, I wasn't going to grumble.
What to pay: Obviously depends what you buy - but the prices seemed very reasonable.
The Brewery Tour was super. Not only was it interesting and informative, but it was also very good value for money. For a mere 3.8 Euro we got the tour (which is about 1.5 hours), 2 glasses of beer at the brewery and a voucher for a third glass at the restaurant next door. In addition we got a "gift" of a Hoegaarden beer glass too.more