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Jul 13, 2012 10:18 PM

Brussels and Antwerp -- A place to sample many different beers?


I'm going to be in Brussels and Antwerp from next week and with thousands of beers to chose from, I need an option to sample the lot. There are many places in Europe to sample wines by the glass or to do tastings. Is there such a service in Belgium? If so, can someone tell me where?


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    Both these sites have listing for the best beer bars in many places as well as info and decriptions

      1. re: chefj

        Thanks for the reply. I will try the beer board.

        I'm definitely looking more for a place where I can sample a dozen beers rather than one or two craft beers.

        1. re: cteavin

          Most bars in Belgium, that are not tied to one brewery, carry many beers. They do not offer paddles or small pour tastings since the preference is for bottled not tap, most will have a good selection.

          1. re: chefj

            Exactly right, most beers by far in Belgium are in the bottle, as most undergo a second fermentation in the bottle. So, you'll see draft in a few places (and Delirium has the most taps I've ever seen in Belgium (bottom floor (basement) in Delirium is bottles, ground floor is taps, and top floor is apparently non-Belgian beers). But most places serve in bottles because the of the fermentation process.

      2. Here is a list of good beer pubs in Brussels. No idea about Antwerpen though.

        Delirium Café
        Impasse De La Fidélité 4 A
        Brussels, 1000

        Chez Moeder Lambic
        Place Fontainas 8
        Brussels, 1000

        6 Impasse Schuddevelde
        Brussels, 1000

        A La Mort Subite
        rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères 7
        B-1000 Brussels

        Au Brasseur
        Rue des Chapeliers 9
        Brussels, 1000

        Au Bon Vieux Temps
        Impasse St.Nicholas 4,off Rue Marché Aux Herbes 12
        Brussels, 1000

        L' Ultime Atome
        14 Rue St. Boniface
        Brussels (Ixelles), 1050

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          1. re: cteavin

            The Cantillon Brewery is also worth a visit.
            Gheudestraat 56 1070 Anderlecht

            1. re: burelo

              In Antwerp you'll want to go to Kulminator
              Vleminckveld 32 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
              03 232 45 38

              1. re: burelo

                I most definitely second the Cantillon Brewery recommendation. You'll be able to taste the very best lambics there that are either nearly impossible to find in the US, or very very pricey, for only 3 euros per bottle.

          2. I'm an American living in Brussels for 3.5 years now. I definitely agree with all of the Brussels recommendations listed by od_sf. Those are the places with the biggest selections, I can also add Bier Circus, near Madou metro stop. They have very helpful staff who are happy to help you pick a beer if you tell them what you fancy (bonus that they have a menu of dishes cooked with beers, if you're hungry). Delerium is best on a Sunday or weekday afternoon or evening as it tends to get very "frat-tastic" on Friday and Saturday nights and the bartenders are just too busy to give you any advice.
            Most small cafes and restaurants (Ultimate Atome excepted) only offer a couple of different beers (usually Maes or Jupiler, both of which are like the Miller of Belgium, or maybe Grimbergen or Leffe, which are good, if from big brewers).

            For Antwerp, I agree with Kulminator, though it was closed on a recent Saturday when friends and I took a bar trek in Antwerp. Here are some other places we visited (bonus of a jenever bar if you need a break from beer):

            't Oud Arsenaal: Maria Pijpelincxstraat 4. 2000 Antwerpen.
            Small, dark and cosy

            Het pakhuis : Vlaamse Kaai 76, 2000 Antwerpen. (
            This is a brewery pub, a 30 minute walk from the center

            Stamineeke : Vlasmarkt 23, Antwerp
            Stamineeke is the one true specialist beer café. It's a two-storey affair, in another 17th century house in the Antwerp style.. This bar has Westvleteren a hard to find sixth trappist beer

            Not beer, but jenever (Belgian gin drink): De Vagant: Reyndersstraat 25, Antwerp
   • This is (alledgely) one of the best jenever bars in the world

            De grote witte arend: Reyndersstraat 18, 2000 Antwerpen
            Good atmostphere, courtyard, they have their own chapel – make of that what you will

            Pater's Vaetje: Blauwmoezelstraat 1, 2000 Antwerpen.
            A rather pretty drinking venue right next to the cathedral.•

            Kulminator : was closed when we tried to visit on a Saturday night in June
            Vleminckveld 32, 2000 Antwerpen
            This is the local beer institution of Antwerp and has approximately 700 beers on offer.

            You can't go wrong ordering almost any beer in Belgium, they're all FANTASTIC!

            Bon voyage!

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