There are more than 600 beers brewed in Belgium, from fruit and white beers to Trappist ales brewed by monks, strong dubbels and yeasty lambics. The Flanders region has been known for its specialty beers since the Middle Ages and the Beer Museum, sandwiched between the Markt and Burg in medieval Bruges, provides a high-tech overview of the development of the Flemish brewing industry. The museum opened in 2014 and its tours are cleverly guided by iPad, educating visitors on the many different varieties of Belgian beer, their fermentation and brewing methods. All ingredients can be tasted along the way and interactive touch screens offer beer challenges, explain provenances and suggest food pairings; for kids there is a special tour that involves finding and rescuing an 850-year-old bear.
All tours of the museum end up in the tasting room, for panoramic views over the medieval architecture of Markt as well as the chance to taste three of 16 draught beers accompanied by cheeses to mop up the alcohol. Soft drinks are available for all visitors younger than 16.
Breidelstraat 3, Bruges. Open daily 9am–5pm. Admission prices start at €9 without sampling, €14 with three tastings. Children under 16 are not allowed to sample the beers. Accessible on foot in the pedestrianized heart of Bruges.