Are you a beer lover who is wondering what things to do in Brussels on your next trip? If so, you are not alone in this. Belgium is home to the world’s best beers. And there is only one city in Belgium where you can get all the fun and excitement of being a beer enthusiast. As you can guess, that city is Brussels.
1. Visit a Belgian beer bar
Brussels is a city steeped in Belgium history. And there is no better way to learn about Belgian culture than visiting a Belgian beer bar in Brussels. At popular beer bars like Pouchenellekelder, A L’Image de notre Dame, and Moeder Lambic, you will find people from different cultural roots, who will be willing to interact with you in Dutch, German, or French. Even if you cannot speak these Belgian official languages, you will still enjoy your visit to Belgian beer bars as long as you are open to consume their beer and food. *
Besides, there are other things to do in the Brussels beer bars. All Belgian beer bars in Brussels are known for their delicious mix of organic fresh food and drinks. The most popular mouth-watering food and beer in Belgium beer bars include Belgian Pralines, Belgian Trappist Beer, Belgian Waffle, Belgian Mussels & Fries, or Belgian Meatballs. These menus are delicious and affordable. Just be careful so that you don’t end up biting your tongue.
2. Take a sip and a dip at the Good Beer Spa – Belgium’s first beer spa
As a beerlover it is fundamental to experience the unique combination of beer and spa. In Brussels, there is the Good Beer Spa, next to the center of the city. In this private spa, you are welcomed by a beer-savvy person ‘affinating’ your large jacuzzi upon arriving. Barley, hops, and brewer’s yeast are added to your bath with an explanation of the why. Some beer is added too. During your session there’s the unlimited Baptist beer on draft – the tap is right next to you.
The enormous beer baths are equipped with very good air massage. So after your 1-hour session, you come out totally relaxed and with baby skin.
Exploring the beer spa at the Good Beer Spa is a total must when visiting Brussels and Belgium.
3. Tour a Belgian brewery
A Belgian brewery is not like any brewery you’ve ever visited before. It’s only in a Belgian brewery you will find different assortments of beers being produced. Unfortunately, there is only one Belgian brewery – Cantillon Brewery– that is open to public tours. Cantillon Brewery is the only brewery in Brussels that produces Lambic beers. This type of beer tastes sour and dry. Brewers blend Lambic with fruit to produce fruit beer. If you have not tasted Lambic beers or fruit beers containing Lambic before, a tour of this Belgium brewery will give you the opportunity to do so. Plus, you will see with your naked eyes the ingredients used to produce beers, how the ingredients ferment and how beers are put inside bottles.
4. Visit a beer museum
The rich history of Belgium beer is kept alive at these three popular museums: The Timmermans Brewery Museum, The Museum of the Belgian Brewers, and The Schaarbeek Beer Museum. Each of these museums is located in Brussels. Each one showcases different aspects of Belgium beer culture and hosts thousands of Belgium beer bottles produced in the 18th and 19th centuries. In these museums, you will see antique beer glasses, fermentation tubs, and equipment. These museums are run by non-profit organisations and their goal is to provide visitors like you with sound Belgium beer education. You can visit any of these museums from Mondays to Saturdays during the day.
Brussels is an amazing place any beer lover should visit. Visiting a beer bar, beer brewery or beer museum will enrich your knowledge about Belgian beer and Belgian beer. Even though these recommendations are not only the only things to do in Brussels, visiting these places will lighten your mood and help you destress yourself. What other fun activities do you think beer lovers should do in Brussels? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.