Fin (1039) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 29, 2015
Me and Loz visited Beer Mania in Brussels on wet and grey afternoon on Saturday 21st March 2015. Beer Mania is a half shop half bar. The front part of this place was the shop with the back half laid out with a few tables and chairs to offer a sort of bar/tasting area. We browsed the shop part first, the prices for ’some’ of the beers on the shelves was frankly staggering. They had a vintage section with a few dust covered random bottles, one took my eye as I have a few of them at home, namely a 2004 bottle of Boon Framboise Mariage Parfait with authentic dust on it, it was a scandalous price, wait for it...yep..€94, an unbelievable amount of money for a beer that isn’t that difficult to obtain. In my eyes that is overpriced by at least €65-70. We had one of the Mea Culpa beers in the very posh and rather sexy glass, again at €55 just to purchase the glass, I thought another example of over the odds pricing, however the beer was jolly decent and reasonably priced. There were a few people in here and it was a pleasant way to while away an hour later, but there are much better bottle shops in Brussels, in fact we went to one straight after called The Malting Pot which seems to rather bravely buck the all to safe and traditional route adopted by most of the other Brussels stores as it sells a great selection of foreign beers. So Beer Mania is fine but I cannot see it being a regular haunt of mine, the bar lady was lovely but the barman/owner was a little rude and short with some customers.
A good selection, nothing special; I’ve been there last time in 2004...
rlgk (613) Göteborg, Sweden | June 6, 2004| Updated August 18, 2011
The number one beershop I ever have visited. If you want a belgian beer, you will find it here. Maybe not 400 different bottles when I was there, but they have loads of interesting beers. They also sell glasses and gifts. Wonderful service. My 76 different bottles all were packed in boxes by the owner.
I was at Beer Mania in June as a group of us ventured there after a guide books recommendation that they shipped beer.
Immediatley we were disappointed they charged 200 Euro to just ship the beer, in addition to the 30 we must purchase to qualify. Right away we decided we were’t buying $500 worth of beer. With the purchses we did get they were packed to put in our bags and we easlily got 6-10 beers each into the US.
The selection is great, pretty much anything you could want to find. They even had plenty of Westvletern. Additionally, they had Westvletern crates which we purchases for 12 euro and took back to the US which was pretty cool as well.
The biggest downside to price was the service. The only guy working spoke no English at all and was not very helpful in his recommendations, or lack there of.
If you are looking to bring some stuff back to the US that you can’t find elsewhere go here, but otherwise skip it. We found Westy 12 a couple places cheaper anyway.
Good beer store out in the Congolese part of town. Well organized and the attached tasting room is pretty cool as well. Reasonably well-priced for the most part, although the common stuff can likely be found cheaper if you shop around a bit. The rarer beers are very expensive (13 Euros for a Westy 48 Euros for a 50th Anniversary Drie Fonteinen). Owner is quite eager to help you find whatever you are looking for.
Rough street, but step inside and discover a wonderful selection of beer and glasses. Don’t know how old this place is, but it seemed fairly new, well laid out and very clean. To the rear is a tasting area, with a small bar, fridges (don’t think there was any draught beer, but didn’t ask) and a few tables and chairs.
My friend and I wandered around a while and had a chat with the young chap fronting the joint, the young lady (wife, partner?) also joined in, as we chatted about the selections we wanted to try.
There was one other couple in the tasting area (mid-afternoon on an October Thursday), after we sat down a young couple with a small child in a pushchair also came and sat for a beer or two. All very civilised indeed.
We tried three bottles each (and had a little of each others also), all were in date and served in the correct glasses.
If you are in this part of town (our hotel was), you should pop in and see for yourself what a great place this is!
Visited 19th Oct 2006
Walking from subway around 700 I got a little nervous after passing a possible drug deal (guy in a car accepted a small white something from two guys on the street), an angry young men fight further down the street & some interesting folks out for the evening. I was probably being silly, I’ve ’braved’ far worse at home & not worried. The street seems to morph into upscale restaurants closer to the store restoring my faith. It’s better than I pictured - Less cramped than Tempel & less steamy temperatures also. Does not seem quite as extensive as Bier Mania, but there is lots to choose from, including vintage Chimay & 3 Fonteinen. The latter is a bit pricey for me, though I am not 100% sure I made the right choice leaving it behind. The prices overall feel quite cheap compared to elsewhere. I have a couple at the tasting bar, a well appointed, chic, wooden affair & not the tiny seating area I had pictured in my head. Owner is friendly without smothering. Bottles from Dieu du Ciel on the bar indicate that I have been preceded by some fellow Canadians! Resident dog is awesome - more bars in North America need to have an animal! Owner is having an interesting chat in French with some regulars (?) but I only catch enough to hear ’Ratebeer’ and ’biers Canadien’. Had a good time, in future I would start my beer shopping here I think, and maybe check others after.
Big store short walk from the center of town. A good selection of belgian beers. Prices are a little high, but not stupid like the tourist traps in the center. Not much service at our visit, had to wait a while to pay. Possible to have a drink in the nice patio in the back is a plus.
kermis (455) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | January 25, 2015
Reasonably small shop by Belgian standards with a bar and seating area at the back. Really seems like a tourist trap more than anything with high prices and a not overly inspiring selection. Some vintage beers on the shelf with ridiculous prices. Particularly disturbing that they’ve been kept in a cellar for many years and now are just left to soak up the daylight. Wouldn’t bother revisiting.
One of the best beer store in Belgium, if not the best. Nice selection of classic Belgians, obscure micros as well as some rare lambics. The owner (I think he was) is a beer passionate. Even brews his own (Mea Culpa) and I’m sure he’ll give you a bottle if you spend enough. In sept 2006 it was the only I found in my Belgium tour that sold Westvleteren (although pricey: 12 Euros). Prices are typical Brussels which means about 30% more than everywhere else in Belgium. I found most Belgian bottle stores display to be somewhat lacking but this one was the exception. Everything is nicely laid-out and logically grouped in the shelves. Pleasant atmosphere with room to walk around (not the case with most Belgian bottle stores).