Close by to Moeder Original and Dynamo, this little brewery is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area at the right time. It's a small brightly lit place with just a couple of tables. 8 of their own beers available when we visited, offered in taster sizes and explained by the knowledgeable and friendly guy working there.
Fin (1292) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 21, 2018
We visited here Friday 9th March 2018, the we being me, Barry, Dad and Scott. It is located a short walk from Dynamo in the St Gilles area. We walked from the centre which was quite a trek, however it appears that a Tram 3 or 4 from Bourse in the centre would bring you very close to here, also note that Moeder Lambic Original is very close.
Whilst the review by Ekstedt immediately below me indicates that this is not a place for a drop in visit, we did just that and were made to feel very welcome. Ok there are only a couple of tables (eight seats maximum) and I agree that it is really set up predominantly for those who some to brew, however we went for a beer (or two) and had a choice of about 8 to choose from half of which were scaled up and were commercially available, the others we understood were awaiting to go to a vote to see if they would make the cut to be brewed elsewhere on a bigger kit. Inside it is more functional than comfy, it looks like it may have been an old shop at one time. At the rear is the brewing area and kit, at the front is the tasting area, it does have a lab feel to it.
Staff (two young chaps) were very friendly, they had a large brewing group on their way, so it is hit and miss if you do get the chance to pop in for a beer, but if passing by en route to Dynamo then I would suggest popping in.
A bit difficult to rate because this is really not a place for a drop-in visit. You may come here to brew according to a recipe of your own, and you may come here for tasting the result. And you may also buy some bottles as I understood it. We also got a short presentation of the brewery, but there were no bar to taste beers.
for some reason, I’ve never rated this place. Let’s ! I visited about a dozen times now, it’s Always a stop for me, as they have new beers every time i’m here. The service is very knowledgeable, and very, very friendly. They speak French as well as enlish ( good start, for being Brussels ) but 2 of them also speak dutch ( thats unique here ! ) The beers are OK priced, and the quality of them goes up and down. I had one very bad bottle once ( out of 50 + ) and they immediately fixed the issue, gave me a new one for free, explained where it went wrong, etc. Truly professionnal ! a place I’d reccomend, since it’s an interesting concept, and you never know what kind of beer you’ll get.
Interesting concept based around brewing your own beers. However you can just have a beer inside. Tasting room is pretty basic, but I guess that’s expected. They offer beer on tap and some bottles, styles depending on what people recently brewed. Quality of beers is solid, but nothing to write home about. Beers being served quite cold is not helping. The guys running the place were very friendly and informative. I wouldn’t call it essential place to visit (if you have no intention of brewing), but worth popping in for a couple of beers.
Interesting place. Two young guys designed a brew system so they could let homebrewers or even novices brew a small batch beer. People who try it vote on FaceBook and the beers with the most votes are brewed in a commercial brewery and bottled. Beers were interesting, lots of werid and not so weird spiced. Friendly guys. Sparse tasting area. Worth a visit.
Small frontroom with a brewery directly behind it. People can come and brew there (brewing equipment and ingredients are supplied). Some of the brewed beers are on tap in the frontroom at ridiculously low prices. You don’t know what you’re getting, but that is part of the fun.
Visited with a befriended micro brewer last Wednesday. An easy and short walk from the nearest metro station, this place is clearly not a pub but a micro brewery, albeit one with an innovative and interesting concept, that is: the two young fellows running the place are keen on bringing something new to the Brussels beer scene and do so by inviting anyone to come and design a recipe for a beer which is then produced together with the owners. They have a vast array of spices in store (and plan to extend this even further), including very exotic things I never even heard of. The customers, which could be me or you or anyone else, select whichever spices they think would make a good match and apply them to the beers, which are necessarily one-offs intended to be drunk fresh. They are, however, working on the commercialization of a few of their beers. The owners are extremely enthusiastic, and hope to apply the same principle to cities like Amsterdam or London in the future just to see which flavor combinations would spontaneously arise there. It’s as if all beer traditions are wiped off the table and the thing is reinvented from scratch, using average consumers’ personal tastes as the only guideline - which, to be honest, does not necessarily lead to the best beers around: I tasted three of them and found all of them lacking in body and solidity, but at the same time I must admit that they do something very different from what I am used to even from a contemporary craft beer perspective. It also struck me how completely open these guys are about not just their concept, but also the recipes of their beers... If only we could enjoy this kind of transparency from all breweries! So, in all: fascinating place to stop by and have a few beers of whatever they happen to have on tap or in bottles at that time, but definitely not a pub nor even a tasting room (not in intention, nor in atmosphere, nor in arrangement), so you’ll have to keep that in mind when visiting it. But I wasn’t expecting that anyway and I’m glad I visited this place, which is at least conceptually a very interesting one and a unique addition to the stock of Belgian micro breweries - so unique, in fact, that I find it hard to give this any rating at all. Brussels is going fast forward when it comes to craft beer and I love it!