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Beer Lover's Guide to Flanders

By Viator, August 2018

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With some 130 breweries making more than 600 styles of beer, diminutive Belgium has become a beer heavyweight. The Flanders region has been brewing specialty beers in Belgium since the Middle Ages. Here are the best bets for beer enthusiasts to explore the brewing scene.

Must-Try Brews
Flemish brewing traditions differ from those in the French-speaking south of Belgium. The region, particularly Bruges, has a long tradition of gruit ales—beers made with herbs and spices to stall oxidation instead of hops. While lambics might be Belgium’s most famous sour beers, it’s Flanders red and Flanders brown ales that are indigenous to this northern region. Many of Belgium’s most famous and historic breweries can be found in Flanders; sample Hoegaarden, Brugse Zot, Stella Artois, and Leffe right from the source. Belgium is home to six of the world’s 11 Trappist breweries, so don’t leave without sampling some Trappist beer made by monks.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Sample from a wide selection of Belgian beers at a local beer café in Brussels or Antwerp.
  • Educate your taste buds with a tasting tour through Ghent with a local beer connoisseur.
  • Explore Belgium’s beer-making heritage and beer culture at the interactive Bruges Beer Experience.
  • Tour a brewery where some of the country’s most famous beers are produced.

Tours & Tickets

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Belgium Beer Tasting Tour in Ghent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

For curious beer lovers, Ghent is a lovely city that bears all the needed settings to satisfy your desire for new brewing sensations. Learn everything about ...  Read more

Location: Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.39
Best of Bruges: History, Chocolate & Beer Tour, Bruges, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Best of Bruges: History, Chocolate & Beer Tour

All the best Bruges has to offer in one complete package: chocolate demonstration and tasting, historical tour of medieval Bruges, brewery visit and beer ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.08
Bruges Beer Tasting, Bruges, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Bruges Beer Tasting

Looking for a fun night out in Bruges? Expand your beer horizons with a local beer connaisseur!

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $17.36
Legendary Pub Crawl Bruges, Bruges, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Legendary Pub Crawl Bruges

Looking for a fun night out in Bruges? Dive into the Bruges’ nightlife with a local party guide!

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $17.36

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