Museum of Belgian Brewers Brussels Reviews
Belgian Beer Museum Mar 20, 2011
Sometimes what sounds like a good idea can be more of a tourist trap. Located on the Grand Place in Brussels, the Belgian Brewers' Museum provides visitors a glimpse of the techniques involved in making beer. Being that Belgium is famous for its beer, I thought this museum would be worth a visit.
Housed in the Brewers' House, this building was constructed between 1695 and 1698. The building itself is still the home of the Belgian Brewers trade association, and the museum is located in the basement, at the bottom of some very steep steps.
Admission to the museum is five euros, which includes a half pint of blond or dark Belgian Paradise beer in the price. The museum is small, comprised of two rooms with antique vats and beer steins, while a separate modern steel and white third room includes a detailed film in English on beer making.
Really, the price of five euros is for the beer sample and the film. The other exhibits are not well labeled, but there are a few small tables where visitors can enjoy a drink in an historic building.
Personally, I would suggest having a beer in a pub or visiting a Belgian brewery. While I learned that unusual ingredients such as coriander or orange zest can be part of a beer recipe, I found the film too detailed. The beer itself was good, but I noticed only tourists visiting this museum. Nothing seemed to be in French or Dutch, which was not a good sign.
If you are visiting Belgium and want to have a drink in an historic location, this might be worth a quick stop. Personally, though, for five euros, I think visitors would have a better experience sampling beer elsewhere.
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