This brewery operated uninterruptedly from 1856 until 2000. In 2005 it was revived by Xavier Vanneste, thus retaining control as sixth generation brewer. During the visit shows the ancient processing techniques and family utensils used in the past as well as the technology to produce the two varieties currently Brugse Zot, blonde and toast. As a reward for climbing the narrow steps dozen steel crescent leading to the roof, you get a fabulous view of Bruges and a fine tasting at the end of the visit.
Esta fábrica de cerveza funcionó ininterrumpidamente desde 1856 hasta el 2000. En 2005 fue resucitada por Xavier Vanneste, recogiendo así el testigo como sexta generación cervecera. Durante la visita se muestran las técnicas de elaboración antiguas y los utensilios que la familia usó en el pasado, así como la tecnología con la que elaboran actualmente las dos variedades de Brugse Zot, rubia y tostada. Como recompensa por subir las docenas de estrechos peldaños de acero en forma de media luna que llevan a la azotea, se consigue una vista fabulosa de Brujas y una degustación al final de la visita.
Welcome Winter, how cracks your ice?
Fills your snow the valleys?
I have here spring thaw at the hearth
And no fire to fetch.
Blow you storm, through the firmament?
Wall and roof can bare it.
Pour you dampness down in streams?
My glass shall aside it put.
— opening stanza of “Song of the Hearth” by Guido Gezelle
There is a small square in Brugge that is named for Brugge’s native son, Guido Gezelle (1830-1899), a Flemish Roman Catholic priest and poet. During the first two decades of the 20th century, Gezelle was recognized as the founder of modern Flemish poetry,
Have a seat on one of the square’s benches and enjoy the passin parade and a side-view of the Welcome Church of Our Lady. Designed by Jules Lagae (1862-1931), a Belgian sculptor, the square was named for Gezelle and the monument placed there in 1930.
De Halve Maan Brewery is both an historic and interesting piece of Bruges history. There has been a brewery on this site for hundreds of years. It is currently the only operating brewery that makes a variety of great tasting beers on its premises. The tour of its facilities is well worth the time and effort. The tour which costs approximately 7 euros (may have gotten this wrong) takes you up and down some of the steep stairs of this fascinating place. There are many things worthy of seeing on the tour and the tour guide speaks at least four different languages. At the conclusion of the tour there is a chance to sample one of the breweries beer. There is also a restaurant at the brewery which serves a variety of food which can be eaten both inside the brewery and outside in a patio area.
As for the beers I would recommend that you consider two of them. First, the Blonde Blonde Ale is only about 6% alcohol by volume has a very sweet taste of a fruit and spices. There is also brown Zot Double, about 7.5% alcohol, that has a somewhat thicker taste and is blended from at least seven different malts.
Belgium is a tiny country, but yet has a rich and coveted beer culture with some of the worlds best. And within the city of Brugge, free for all to see, is a display of all 780 Belgium beers together with their individual glasses.
If you thought you knew Belgium beers, guess again, because I'm positive there will be names in the rack that you've never heard of. And seeing as though some are produced or sold sparingly, it may make for a worthy quest to find them all.
As Brugges has a kind of 'belt' around it formed by the canals it is nothing if not compact. For that reason all sites of interest are in close proximity to each other.
In that sense a self-guided walk in this city is very easy tgo do. There are plenty of free leaflets on-line and in the dead tree format for you to use, the place is well signposted. Unless you strike lucky I think you are pretty much likely to get the standard guide book regurgitated to you. That is certainly what we got on the canal boat tour - which I admit is a bit difficult to do yourself. Loads of boats all depart for the standard half hour tour (regulated at about 7 euro for the experience). I believe the horse carriage tours are also regulated. In addition to these massive moneyspinners with the crowds there is a good range of operators who offer tours by foot, bicycle, bus and segway - and probably donkey or camel if you look hard enough.
This is an excellent way to explore the backstreets of Brugge....hop a bike and pedal yourself about town...
The local tour lasted about two and a half hours...they also offer a longer countryside tour that includes Damme, Oostkerke castle, canals, windmills and military bunkers..
In the Summer they offer a tour of Brugge by night...
All tours cost the same at 24 Euros per person....and a RESERVATION is required!
The day that I went with this company Dennis was our guide and the group consisted of a couple from San Francisco and myself...a really small group obviously...
GREAT athletic ability is NOT a requirement...but some extra padding on one's backside is definitely a bonus to soften the impact of the cobbled stones of the historical center of Brugge...
There are no great climbs as most of the topography locally is pretty flat...its an easy way to explore a little that you might not see otherwise...
We stayed away for the most part from busy streets and the tour stopped at the oldest existing Pub in Brugge for refreshment about an hour before the end of the tour...
I connected with Therese soon after my arrival into Brugge.....I had arranged her hire and rendezvous point while I was visiting friends in Switzerland a few days before...all over the Internet..
Arrangements were made through the Brugge Tourism website...the cost is a little high but well worth spending the money to acquaint yourself with the city...my personal preference is to do something like this when I am visiting somewhere that I have never been before...and my preference is a walking tour...Therese added a personal touch to my introduction to the city..and it certainly helped overcome some of the apprehensions that I had when I first arrived here...
Im happy that I did this.....
This tour was scheduled to last two hours and the cost would have been 50 Euros...extra hours are charged 25 Euros each....Therese went well beyond the two hours but did NOT charge me extra....maybe this shouldn't be public knowledge.This charge is for groups up to and including 25 persons...so its obviously not as expensive doing it with a group as it would be solo...
The following is a listing of available "themes" if you might be interested in seeing Brugges this way...
walking tour A Bruges, City of Monuments = 5 km
walking tour B Sleeping Bruges = 3,7 km
walking tour C Bruges and Europe = 4,2 km
walking tour D Surprising Bruges = 4 km
This might work for you if you would like to get a quick orientation to the city...and or if you might be mobility challenged.....have a difficult time walking...?
Its a smallish bus that provides an audio track to explain the "sights of the city"...and is available in seven languages...
They offer two tours...one local which takes about fifty minutes to complete...and the other to Damme...which takes about two hours...Prices are about 11.5 Euros for adults...6 Euros for children..and a family price of 30 Euros for a family of four.
Tours leave every hour starting at 1000 am and the last tour varies depending on the season that you might be visiting during...January and February last tour is at 1600....July August and September the last run is at 2000 hrs or 8000 pm....
Take out a few hours and get educated on the most important drink in existence. This tour which lasts about 40 minutes, takes you through both the modern and archaic methods of a small brewery. Normally I would tell you to get drunk, then go, however, a drink of their home brew "Brugse Zot" is included at the end of the tour, and trust me that two of those is about max if you want to be able to walk out of there. Tickets are about 5 euro, and that includes one drink!
WOW! I was taken by this place. If you like Belgian ales you need to come here. We tried to go to the 't Bruges Beertje on a Sunday afternoon but it was closed. We ended in here by chance and boy was I impressed. They have a selection of over 300 Belgian beers to include their own. Huge list with anything you can think of. Lambics, Trappist, Doubles, Triples etc... They even had the legendary "Westvleteren ", considered the world's greatest beer. A hard find since the monastery that brews it only sells it for personal consumption, they refuse to sell it commercially and only produce limited quantities. The setting is really warm and comfortable and the service ok. They are very busy so don’t expect lighting fast service. I think it's a must for any beer lover. Oh, they also sell food. Try the beer cheese croquettes.
Ah yes, chocaholics everywhere will relate as to why I entered The Chocolate Museum. This multi-storeyed place designed to collect euros off addicted people has an attraction both myself and my fellow addicts will understand.
It's well set out with a detailed history of how chocolate evolved from its origins in the Americas to its introduction and refinement in Europe.
Since Belgium has a reputation (deserved) for making some of the finest chocolate available anywhere, it's only reasonable that it should have a museum explaining how it all happens.
At the end of the tour there's a free tasting. Suffice it to say that while others were content to take just one and appear civilized, there was one person (who shall remain nameless) who took more than one, and.......loved it!
As I conversed with my new found Dutch friends at Lissewege, I learnt that they were on their way to somewhere nearby that had, reputedly, the oldest and largest barn in Europe. You could also get something to eat there. Since I was about to have lunch in Lissewege anyway this sounded like a better idea.
We rode off down the road through the enchanting country lanes until we reached the barn (2,3 & 5) which has a history dating back to the 15th century, particularly the massive oak beams that support the structure.
It had three layers; the lower one for livestock, the first floor for straw and the upper floor for grain.
The buildings nearby where the restaurant and living quarters are today only date back to around the 17th and 18th centuries. Fairly young really.
There are other outbuildings also and everywhere you can find sculptures (pic 1).
I couldn't work out how to get in to my room as, when I pressed the bell, no-one answered. How fortunate was I then when one of the other boarders came along and let me in. I couldn't immediately see any sign of how to get to my room so I left my bag, grabbed my camera and strode off into the night.
Up along the Braamburgstraat to where it becomes the Rozenhoedkaai. Here was the spot, but there were so many others there I went into the lovely little plaza called Huidevetters Plein and took a picture of one of the cafes there. I actually ate there the following night.
Fancy a cup of tea? Try out De Proeverie Tea Room for a fine fine selection of teas. Coffee also available and all served with a selection of hand made chocolates from the Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc across the road.
Brugge : famous for their Chocolate...& Beers , yummi !!
In fact Belgium has always been of great importance in rich beer production. Despites its small size, our country produces a rich and impressive quantity to beers.
Belgian beers are well known by the beer specialists.
Belgian beers, white beers, trappist beers, abbey beers, pils, lambiek, kriek, geuze and many more.