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?
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.
Here is a list of good beer pubs in Brussels. No idea about Antwerpen though.
Impasse De La Fidélité 4 A
Chez Moeder Lambic
Place Fontainas 8
6 Impasse Schuddevelde
A La Mort Subite
rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères 7
Rue des Chapeliers 9
Au Bon Vieux Temps
Impasse St.Nicholas 4,off Rue Marché Aux Herbes 12
L' Ultime Atome
14 Rue St. Boniface
Brussels (Ixelles), 1050
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
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
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&a...): • 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
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!
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