When I arrived in Brussels in 2016, I didn’t know that the city was home to so many – smaller – breweries. Wait, do I live in Brussels for almost 5 years? Well, I guess time flies when you visit so many breweries! Today, we’ll uncover brewery l’Annexe in Saint-Gilles.
I took my time to uncover Brussels. When I started guiding beer tasting tours in Brussels city center, I always made sure to stop at Moeder Lambic. Did you know that there are still many hidden gems in the city center – waiting to be uncovered? I know a few but I like to keep them a secret ☺.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many breweries left in the center.
– Cantillon: a not to be missed Lambic visit that brew like the middle ages
– Brussels Beer Project: a small brewpub next to the Canal that brews kickass beers
– There is one more coming soon… but maybe still a secret when you are reading this?
So, when I started craft brewery tours in 2018, my eyes were set towards the outskirts of the city.
That’s when I stumbled upon brewery L’Annexe and Beerstorming.
Well, Beerstorming is a concept in Saint-Gilles where the local brewery let you brew and bottle your own beer. How cool is that! I was sold immediately – and I knew that they had to be on my brewery tour – including L’Annexe.
Well, I immediately felt a click – since we are both entrepreneurs. All I had to do was finding a café and my new craft brewery route was complete.
Luckily, I did, and the people on my tour were pleased. To name one example, there was this tourist from Asia that was impressed – and mostly excited – that he got to brew his beer! It is for moments like that, that I became a guide.
One of my favourite Brussels beers!
And that’s when I started to visit L’Annexe. Almost every week. Did you know that they were called Hendrix when they first started? Unfortunately, they had to change their name because a brewery in Bruges had a similar name! And that they had to – manually – change labels on more than 9,000 bottles of beer? What a job!
But luckily, they continued, and now they brew my favorite beers in Brussels: Black Saison, Weize, Rosse Saison, and Saison de Bruxelles. But earlier this year, they started to produce a brand-new beer: L’Annexe blonde. And – again – I was sold immediately.
Virtual tours during Corona
But then, Corona happened. So, tourism in Brussels and the tours, in particular, became near impossible to host. That’s when I – along with JCI Brussels – came up with the idea to host virtual brewery visits. And virtual beer tastings – as you all know.
We sent out parcels of beer to all our clients and tasted them together. It is not the same as before – but it still a great way to discover the many breweries Brussels has to offer.
And that’s what I like to dive deeper into my next blog post.
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