There is a small but interesting museum in Grand-Place in Brussels: The Beer Museum (Het Brouwershuis / La Maison des Brasseurs). The museum was opened in the XVIth century and reveals another side of the city and its history.
A history sprinkled with beer
Belgium has a long tradition in manufacturing many types of beer. Its history dates back in the 12th century, to the age of the first crusades, when the production of beer was controlled by the abbeys. They distributed beer as a method of fundraising. In the next centuries, the receipts and methods of manufacturing beer evolved under the abbey supervision. The most known type of beer, Westmalle, started being produced late, from 1836 and it was so fine that was only for the monks. Now, Belgium produces approx 500 types of beer and it is recognized as the best producer in the world. You’ll find from white beer to berries beer.
The Beer Museum, a page of tradition
The Beer Museum is located in the basement of an old building in the Place and has two rooms. In the first one is a detailed documentary about the history, production, types and recipes of beer. The other room is a bar-style, where visitors enjoy one of the best beers in the world!
The documentary runs on a projector, while guests sit on the seats. All around are fermentation vessels, carbon dioxide recuperators, and filters. You can see in detail how beer is made.
After viewing the film, each will receive a blonde or black beer of choice, included in the museum’s visit price (5 euros). And the atmosphere of the place is special. What’s more, you stay on small barrels and you put your beer on a bigger one instead of chairs and a table.
More details about Belgian beer here.