A few weeks ago, Peter & I travelled for 3 days to Bruges. One of the highlights of our stay was a guided visit to the brewery De Halve Maan in the city center of Bruges. It is situated at the Walplein. We booked this brewery trip at home at the computer. We chose our own language & tour time too. A great visit but the groups were a bit too large tough. This was the only downside. It is best to book in advance at home, to avoid long waiting times! A lovely local brewery with a lovely guide through the old part of the brewery & they tell you how the beer is produced. The tour guide is funny & tells anecdotes. It is very interesting too. You end up on the roof of the brewery so you have lovely views across the center of Bruges! The tour lasts 45 minutes & then you get an unfiltered brugse zot to drink afterwards in the brasserie. It is worth a visit! You only get the unfiltered version on a tour like this!
For centuries the Maes family has brewed beer on the Walplein in Bruges. The brewery exists since 1856!!! Ooh yes! De halve maan this means: the half of the moon, see photo below!
The history of the brewery is contained in a unique museum. Guided tours are organised every day. Tours are organised daily between 11 am and 4 pm, in Dutch, French and English. On Saturday an extra tour can be followed at 5 pm. A visit in German is possible on demand. The price for a visit is 9,00 euro per person and takes 45 minutes. After the tour you get a degustation of a Brugse Zot Blond, the unfiltered version, in the brasserie of the brewery. They are famous for 2 great beers:
And finally this:
Brugse Zot is a delicious golden natural blonde beer, brewed according to a unique and traditional recipe. It has a rich foam collar and a fruity yet spicy bouquet. The beer is brewed with four different kinds of malt and two aromatic varieties of hop which give the beer its inimitable taste.The one and only townbeer of Bruges!!!! Today the Brugse Zot, together with the Straffe Hendrik, is the only beer brewed in the historical town center of Bruges. The palate is complex and tends towards a certain bitterness. Even hints of citrus can be discovered. Brugse Zot is a natural beer, born out of a selection of only the best ingredients. The refermentation in the bottle creates a longer natural preservability.When it comes to food pairing, the beer is at its best when combined with fish and crustaceans, beef or desserts with red fruits. So, this brewery is worth a visit! Here is their address & website.
Brewery De Halve Maan, Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge, Belgium