Ten Destinations for Great Belgian Beer in Belgium

Belgium is synonymous with beer and we took advantage of our Christmas/New Year's Eve holiday to look far and wide for the best place to experience this Belgian specialty.  Here are ten of our favorite pubs from our two week trip.  

1. 't Brugs Bieratelier

't Brugs Bieratelier in Bruges is just my style.  They have a wide selection of brews on tap and offer handy sampler platters.  The decor is also fabulously kitsch.  We even managed to score a La Chouffe hat (complete with jingle bell!) to celebrate the festive season.
't Brugs Bieratelier in Bruges

2. de Garre

de Garre in Bruges is nestled along a hard-to-find alleyway not far from the Grote Markt.  They are famous for their house beer which clocks in at a potent 11+% alcohol.  If you don't find a table on the first floor, keep climbing.  There is plenty of room upstairs.
de Garre bier in Bruges

3. Cafe Taverne de Dreve in Flanders

We stopped at Cafe Taverne de Dreve for lunch on our Quasimodo day-tour of Flanders Fields. We downed local Loete Poepe with homemade pate while Johan Vandewalle regaled us with stories from World War I and the archaeological finds in the area.  The cafe is rich in memories and Johan is an amazing storyteller.  This place is definitely worth seeking out if you are in Flanders for the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Cafe Taverne de Dreve in Flanders, Belgium

4. Fiere Margriet

Fiere Margriet is located in an old step-gabled house not far from the town hall in Leuven.  We sipped sour beer while an old stuffed grouse looked on.  Classic atmosphere.
Fiere Margriet in Leuven, Belgium

5. The Capital

The Capital is one of the newest additions to the beer scene in Leuven and claims to stock the largest selection of beers in the world (more than 2000 choices).  Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to look over the menu!
The Capital - Most Beers in The World - Leuven

6. Moeder Lambic Fontainas Square

A classic place focusing on lambic beers, Moeder Lambic on Fontainas Square within easy walking distance of the Grote Markt and Manneken Pis in Brussels is definitely worth a stop.  Our new friend Brett from Our Tasty Travels recommended that we stop here and we're so glad we did.  We also really appreciated that Brett is such a beer-o-phile and treated us to a fine bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek from Cantillon.  I also loved that Moeder Lambic serves a bowl of barley instead of the usual bar snacks.
Moeder Lambic - Brussels

7. Moeder Lambic St. Gilles

We liked Moeder Lambic on Fontainas Square so much that we just had to try the original in St. Gilles.  This location is much smaller and cozier than the one downtown but an equally good spot to stop for a tipple in Brussels. 
Oerbier sign at Moeder Lambic St. Gilles

8. L’Egalité

L’Egalité in the St. Gilles neighborhood of Brussels is a new place and features a refrigerator packed full of bottles and plaques on the wall describing different beers on offer.  It was quiet when we visited mid-afternoon but was still a lovely spot to get inside out of the cold for a short while.  
L’Egalité Bar in Brussels

9. Cours St. Georges

We stumbled upon Cours St. Georges (situated on the ground floor of a hotel) in Ghent.  Frankly, it looked like something from Medieval times with exposed beams, heavy chandeliers, and lots of stuffed heads looking down upon us.  That was part of the charm.  This is a place to go for the atmosphere rather than the selection of beer.  We had a La Chouffe which went down just fine with a lunch of soup and bread.
Cours St. Georges - Sint-Jorishof - Ghent

10. De Trollekelder 

De Trollekelder in Ghent has an extensive Belgian beer selection.  We stationed ourselves in the cellar and were delighted when our order of cheese arrived with our beers.  De Trollekelder serves their cheese with a shaker of celery salt; a Belgian tradition.  I was a bit skeptical at first about how this combination would work but after one bite, I was hooked and gave each bite a little sprinkle.  Yum!
De Trollekelder in Ghent

I highly recommend "Good Beer Guide Belgium" if you are spending a significant amount of time in the country.  It's a beer lovers almanac and gives a star rating to both pubs and individual brews. We found it to be an indispensable resource on our trip - it helped us to find many of the places highlighted above.

If you are interested in re-tracing our steps and visiting some of the pubs mentioned above, here is a handy map to guide you on your way.  Cheers!

#DrJSabbatical Adriatics Africa Americas Ann Arbor Argentina Asia Asia Pacific AUNZ Australia Austria Baltics Barcelona Belfast Belgium Berlin Best of Beyond Dublin Big Island Bologna Boston Brazil Bruges Brussels Bucharest Budapest Buffalo California Cambodia Canary Islands Canterbury Cape Town Cardiff Central Europe Chile China Christmas Market Commute Chronicles Copenhagen Cork Costa Brava Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dresden Dublin Dublin_Archive Dusseldorf Eastern Europe Edinburgh El Calafate England Eruption Essen Estonia Europe Europe_Archive Evora Faro Faversham Featured Financial District Finland Fisherman's Wharf Flanders Florida Food France Frankfurt Fringe Festival Galway Gdansk Georgian Dublin Germany Girona Granada Greece Greece and Cyprus Guest Posts Guiness Storehouse Hamburg Hangzhou Hanoi Hawaii HCMC Helsinki Ho Chi Minh City Hobart Hoi An Honolulu Hungary Hurling Hyderabad Iceland India Ireland Ireland_Archive IRELAND_REMIX Italy Itinerary Jackson Square Japan Kaunas Kilkenny Kiluaea Kona Krakow Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Languedoc Lanzarote Las Fallas Latvia Leinster Leipzig Liechtenstein Lima Limerick Lisbon Lithuania Liverpool Ljubljana Lloret de Mar London Los Angeles Louisiana Lucerne Machu Picchu Madeira Malaga Malaysia Mallorca Malta Marrakech Marrakesh Marseille Massachusetts Med Mendoza Menton Miami Modena Monaco Monte Carlo Montenegro Montpellier Morocco Muenster Munich Munster NA_Archive Naples Netherlands New Orleans New Year 2011 New Years Eve 2010 New York New Zealand Nice Nob Hill Noe Valley Nordics Norrkoping North America North Beach Northern Ireland Nuremberg Oahu Oakland Ollantaytambo On The Road Osaka Outer Sunset Palafrugell Palma Paris Parma Patagonia Pennsylvania Perth Peru Philadelphia Pingyao Piran Pittsburgh Poland Porto Portugal Potrero Hill Prague Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Queensland Recent Regensburg Reykjavik Riga Rio de Janeiro Rochester Romania Rotterdam Rovinj Rugby Russia Russian Hill San Francisco San Sebastian Santiago Scandinavia Scotland Seattle Segovia Seoul Seville SF - Further Afield SF_Archive Sicily Siem Reap Singapore Sligo Slovakia Slovenia South Africa South America South Beach South Korea Spain SPWC St. Petersburg Stockholm Strasbourg Street Performance Stuttgart Sweden Switzerland Sydney Tallinn Tasmania TBEX Telegraph Hill Temple Bar Texas Thailand Thames Festival The Mission ThisIsAthens Tipperary Tokyo Torres del Paine Transylvania Trieste Uganda UK Union Square United States Uruguay Valencia Valparaiso Vienna Vietnam Vilnius Volcano Waikiki Wales Walking Warsaw Washington Waterford Western Australia Westfield Where's Wally? Whitsundays Wicklow World Record Wroclaw WWI Xi'an Zurich
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Ten Destinations for Great Belgian Beer in Belgium
Ten Destinations for Great Belgian Beer in Belgium
Ten great places in Belgium to drink Belgian beer.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy