A refreshing summer tour through Brussels’ rich beer history.
This summer we organise something special: Every first Saturday of the month you can enjoy another Beer Secret tour through Brussels! Each month you’ll be introduced to a couple of new breweries, their stories and of course their delicious beers. If you like beer, Brussels and history, this is the perfect summer activity for you.
For this May 2022 edition, you’ll be served the freshest beer from the entire country and hear all the secrets of the first brewery of the newest generation.
Meet new beer enthusiasts by joining a small group of up to 20 people
Personaliseer jouw toer met jouw privégids. Kleine en grote groepen. Selecteer jouw gekozen datum en de prijs verschijnt.
Full program June: DrinkDrink, Wielemans brewery heritage & craft beer spot Dekkera
DrinkDrink brewery: Get exclusive access
Say Hi to one the founders Pierrick, Frederick or Jean, who’s going to give you a private tour in his brewery! You’re lucky!
A brewery that saw potential to boost the market with only organic beers. Not only organic beers, but also enormous tasty. Let’s try their 4 main beers!
While enjoying the beer, the brewer will share with us the story how they, opened their brewery in 2021 after a short periode of sharing their recipe with brewery Saint Lazart.
Their love for cycling and beers has formed the brewery’s name. Or still not clear yet why DrinkDrink? Find it out during the VIp tour;
As cyclists are the biggest fans, they also created a Non alcoholic IppA! Will we have the chance to also try this one-and-only Brussels N/A beer?
Let’s have a 15 min walk to the brewery that wrote history 100 years ago as the Europe’s biggest brewery.
Wielemans: Observe the art deco heritage brewery surrounded by water and railways
A brewery that started their life in 1860 to create lambic & faro beer styles. No wonder that the brewery was located in the city center, where the Zenne river was the main source for each brewery. After the covering, the brewery escaped in 1885 outside Brussels and followed the railways towards the South and found the first tracks of the Zenne!
From then on, they were scaling enormously and producing unseen hectoliters of lager beer. Yes, it may sound disappointing, but since their visit to Germany during the Industrial Revolution, they became knowledgeable lager producers!
Since then, Wiels pils became internationally popular, a non-stop growth was obvious. A success has also it’s disadvantages, so the whole site was taken over by Artois who wanted to demolish the building. Luckily the former mayor protected the building and now it’s renowned as a cultural heritage.
So what are we going to see? Let’s enter this art-deco building and explore the old huge brew kettles which are the only remaining brewery equipment of our Brussels brewing history.
Now that we are in this Wiels area, let’s stroll down to the-one-and-only craft beer spot of Wiels area; a name mostly used by the neighbours.
Dekkera: Try more Brussels brews at Forest hidden gem beerspot;
Thé beerspot around Wielemans. Only craft beers to explore. This passionate beer owner felt more love for craft beer than his chosen study journalism.
Sylvain says “ Beer is the most interesting thing t discover in Belgium”
So quickly he was convinced to open a craft beer spot. To guarantee that he knows each beer that arrives in his bar, he started visiting breweries and selecting only the smaller breweries.
Representing small breweries? That’s representing Brussels.
So let’s try 3 more Brussels brews of breweries we can’t visit together (yet!) : De La Mule, Surrealiste and Illegaal!
Feel free to enjoy more of the sunny terrace or create your favourite Brussels beer box, as they also offer some take-away formulas here.
Ondertussen is het geven van bierwandelingen en brouwerijbezoeken een full-time project geworden wat voor mij het laatste puzzelstukje was dat op zijn plaats viel. Deze job is gewoonweg op mijn lijf geschreven: bezoekers entertainen met zoveel mogelijk verhalen over de geschiedenis, cultuur en hedendaagse wereld van Belgische bieren is wat ik het liefste doe.