There are three main beer stores in the heart of the touristy Brussels. The more popular Bier Tempel, this less busy Beer Planet and the more beer-geek-friendly Délices et Caprices. Bier Tempel has the less interesting beer selection and is aimed more at regular tourists because of its nice selection of gift boxes, glasswares and such. Beer Planet and Délices et Caprices both have a good selection. You can score some decent items (limited Struise, etc.). Beer Planet fun to shop at with its nice display with lots of wood. I was surprised to find some cool stuff there, even by my beer-geek standards. Some hard to find Fantômes (like Saint-Roch), all the current Struise Black Damnations variations and some obscure Saisons for me to tick. Etc. I did buy some stuff that appeared to be past their prime at Beer Planet so beware. Délices et Caprices appeared to have a smaller selection but more focussed on interesting stuff. The staff seem to be more knowledgeable and is probably the place to go if you want someone to guide you through you purchase. But I didn’t find anything interesting there that I hadn’t already bought at Beer Planet. The prices are typical downtown Brussels. If you cannot go shopping at cheaper good beerstores outside the city (Alvinne, etc.) then Beer Planet + Délices et Caprices are there for you. They are very close to each other and both are worth visiting.
Longer down the street from Delirium. Very friendly owner. Not as large selection as the rest of the central shops. Alone the non tourist feel this shop has should make you go. He did have the Lindemans Loerik, not for sale though . .
Rerate June 09: The owner is a beer enthusiast himself. Brilliant man. Friendly, knowing, humble and pleasant. Dont go because of the selection - go because of the service and surroundings.
Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon. Small, store, smack downtown Brussels. The owners are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, you come here to get a very service oriented experience. This store is pretty much the exact opposite of searching through random aisles of beer at your local superliquormart. The selection is unfortunately kind of small but well cared for and handpicked. Prices are quite alright for the area, although a tad expensive by national standards of course. Nice place.
Indeed, Pierre is the man. This is the spot to visit if you don’t want to deal with drunken and loud people at Delirium.
They keep a few good beers in the fridge that can be consumed inside or at a table outside.
Not the biggest selection in town, but some very rare offerings from around Belgium.
Prices are fair, and in line with other places in Brussels with some fair ones but also some bottles that are excessively priced. Def. worth the visit.
Fantastic beer shop and fantastic beer shop keeper. Pierre is very friendly and always happy to chat. Wish I could spend more money here but can only buy as much as I can carry. Have to seek this place out as you probably wouldn’t stumble upon it. Always good with recommending unusual beers to try. Maybe the other beer shops have more bottles, but this shop has more heart and soul.
Don’t be like me, who turned around and left this beer-tasting shop without so much as a sip after I visited the first time. There weren’t as many bottles on the shelves as other specialty shops, and the boxes lying around led me to think they had just moved in. Only on the return visit did I learn that the place has been open for three years, and that those shelves are populated with quality and relatively rare stuff. Pierre is the man behind the counter, and he’s a passionate beer geek like you. Ask him what he has in the cooler for tasting. To get here, walk up the crowded restaurant street known as Rue des Bouchers until you get to the St. Hubert Gallerie, then keep walking and watch for the little shop on the left. A nice place to visit before or after the often-crowded Delirium experience.
Small little bottle shop that isn’t the easiest to find. Small with some tables for drinking at. Good service, employees are eager to assist. Selection was just ok, didn’t really see anything out of the ordinary. Prices were average, maybe a bit cheaper than the super touristy places. I ended up walking out of here with nothing if that says anything.
Nice little place where you can taste beer on site. Service (by the owners?) is extremely polite and they seems knowledgeable. Selection is small, but most bottles are good one (nothing too exciting either). Price are a tad high, but not that much for Brussels. Overall, a friendly place that is worth a visit but doesn’t have the widest selection out there.